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Posted: 10/16/21 07:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

pitch wrote:

Looks like a fine job. It appears that you know just what you want and exactly how too achieve that.
Too bad that instead of cheering your initiative,some feel that their advice and criticism is warranted.


I couldn't agree more.

It's a sad twist of irony for you guys to be lectured on manners and compassion from pitch.


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Thanks... I am more than happy to share the details of my projects which is pretty much the point of this thread. Having done a very similar project last year to widen the pad for my coach this one was fairly straightforward to design and execute.

There are reasons for every thing I do on a job like this and unless you are on site some things might seem odd. I hope to wrap it up tomorrow with a ton {mas y menos} of the larger gravel that will be my top coat. My Honda Ridgeline has been getting a work out hauling all of the materials but with 1,477# of Payload it handles the loads well. I'll follow up with a final pic for two once I'm done. Thanks for the support.

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It is DONE! Woo Hoo!
It took another 2,000+# of the larger concrete gravel but that was just the right amount. Total cost of this project came in as follows:

8 Railroad ties {at 150# a piece} 9' X 9" X 7" = $199.76
2' X 3/8" rebar {12} = $33.31
Gravel, 4,160# of the crushed granite = $30
2,110# of the concrete gravel = $20
Grand total - $283.07

It took 6 days working 4 to 6 hours a day {which is about all this ole man can handle}. I filled and dumped about 2 dozen wheel barrow loads of earth from excavating, putting in the ramp and adjusting the finished grade {I'm guessing each load was well over 100#}. [emoticon] By the time I finished it was close to 10,000# of earth, gravel and ties moved.

The trailer sits dead level with the right wheel centered precisely on the RR tie stringer. I recovered another foot of driveway improving my access nicely. With the load ramp down I still have enough space for the Rzr {or my Can Am Spyder} to load from behind.

Here are the finished pics:

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Good job!
It might not matter with the little trailer you have, but over decades I have learned that where you plan to run off the edge of asphalt it is better to have the grade higher than the pavement. If the tire drops off, it is more likely to crumble the edge. And once the edge breaks, it makes a new edge to break...

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JRscooby wrote:

Good job!
It might not matter with the little trailer you have, but over decades I have learned that where you plan to run off the edge of asphalt it is better to have the grade higher than the pavement. If the tire drops off, it is more likely to crumble the edge. And once the edge breaks, it makes a new edge to break...


Good point, that’s why I “suggested” filling the gravel to the top of the asphalt once it’s compacted.

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Deleted again, nice!


I saw this shirt yesterday.

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I see the image. Check your settings.


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Let me "splain" it to you Lucy...

At 55 yards long the asphalt driveway slopes a bit from the garage out to the street. I leveled the grade on the pad to match that slope. The top of the asphalt coincides with the top of the ties. I dropped 4,000+# of crushed granite into the pad varying between 4 - 6" deep and then aggressively compacted it alternating between soaking it down and driving over it repeatedly with my Rzr and then the truck.

After three days the surface was extremely firm. I then carved a 2" deep trench along the ties and the asphalt and filled that as well as the rest of the pad with the top layer of the larger concrete gravel {another 2,000#}. Once again I soaked it all down and compacted it further using my truck. The second pic shows this clearly, the asphalt, gravel and ties are all the same height {mas y menos} and the compacted top layer of gravel will remain in place.

Absent the ties that secure the pad and provide the requisite structure the gravel would be displaced and scattered across the asphalt every time it was driven on. Containing the gravel is the key... After 8 months the pad where I park the coach {which weighs 11,500#} is working out just fine with no gravel movement and great drainage which Lucy, is why I utilized the same construction technique for both pads.

Here is a pic of the coach pad and as noted you can see that the gravel stays put:

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