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Repairing driveway ruts with cinder blocks

repairing worn down driveway ruts with cinder blocks and sweat

The driveway troubled spot is now one of the more solid points thanks to several well placed cinder blocks and some heavy tamping.

Anna says there's a 70% chance of rain tomorrow.

That means there could be a race between when the rain starts and how fast I can go pick up a load of gravel, unload it into the other troubled areas, and haul in a few supplies.

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If you put something solid (like a concrete pavement tile) under the cinderblocks, they'd have more "buoyancy" in the soil, spread out the loads from the pickup's wheels more, and less of a tendency to sink away.
Comment by Roland_Smith Tue Oct 11 12:14:15 2011
You would think that, but we've installed cinder blocks in similar trouble spots elsewhere in the driveway, and they're still looking great five years later. They do sink in a bit, but not that much, and then they seem to stop. I think there must be something about the way they distribute the weight? I don't know why, but it seems to work!
Comment by anna Tue Oct 11 13:32:05 2011
I suspect it has something to do with our high percentage of clay....but it's only a guess.
Comment by mark Tue Oct 11 17:08:18 2011

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