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Do it yourself driveway repair

making a driveway road out of cinder block 6 inchs at a time

Day 2 of our new driveway repair project went smoother than day 1.

I think I'm getting the hang of it.

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wouldn't gravel be less work intensive and cheaper? I haven't had to do this project myself, so you may have figured that out already. I just know what most people do use gravel and am wondering why you went with cinder blocks. I definitely can see how they would work, just not sure if they're cheaper than gravel.
Comment by Phreaknik Thu Oct 27 23:53:03 2011

Cinderblocks aren't cheaper in the short term, but they are in the long term. Our driveway runs through a floodplain and is very wet, so normal gravel sinks in and disappears after you drive over it once or twice. For the last few years, we've been using rip-rap, which has more longevity and does start to build up a stable base after a few years. But we've also used cinderblocks in the worst spots and it seems to give the best results --- all of the spots we've treated that way have lasted five years with no repairs.

I wouldn't recommend this method to someone with an ordinary driveway because it would be too much time and money for the return, but if you're working on wet ground, I highly recommend it.

Comment by anna Fri Oct 28 08:18:48 2011

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