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Old 07-14-2017, 08:33 PM
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Question Cheapest, Easiest Driveway: ~12'x20'+

What would be the cheapest, easiest way to create about a 250sf driveway on FL sand. Daughter starts driving in 2wks and I want to create a decent sized hard surface for her to park on. The alternative (that the wife wants ) is parking on the grass under trees with spiderwebs and leaves, etc... My way is a little stubby driveway off the side of the main driveway. Flat, grass is dead, should be easy to dig up and mark...

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Old 07-14-2017, 08:55 PM
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just rototill some sackrete into the sand,rake it level,and water it down,
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Old 07-14-2017, 08:59 PM
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Old 07-14-2017, 09:28 PM
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all wheel drive....just push the button....ENGAGE !

Sackrete mixed into dirt roads was popular in the late 1960's around here,
but it didn't take the freeze cycles.

In your case I would think it would work well, no dirt (sand) and no freezing.
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Old 07-14-2017, 11:11 PM
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I recently put in a drive at a rental house using milled asphalt. The company that installed the carports recommended it and so far its held up pretty good. Had the dirtwork guy spread it @4in thick, no other prep work. had a couple of rains on it and so far no issues.
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Old 07-15-2017, 06:38 AM
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Here in paradise, I rototilled the flat in front of the shop, raked it level, put down 4 truck loads of regrind concrete, back drug it for grade and compacted.

With the summer rains, it hardened a good bit, but now the grass/weeds are beginning to take over. The plan was to use a fertilizer spreader to top it with white portland a few times but it seems to stay put and is still water permeable. (it has caused no uncontrolled run off problems for my neighbor, to date)

The rolling stock keeps rotating and no ruts have developed. The regrind stabilizes the sugar sand, easily supports the vehicles, but seems a bit softer now that the grass/weeds are starting to cover.

My dirt guy says that 3/4 minus crushed/washed shell would do as well. at nearly 4 times the cost. He recommended a Georgia clay base, but that was WAY too expensive and would have stopped the water percolation.

Done now, RED
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Old 07-15-2017, 09:14 AM
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Crushed porcelain seems to work great on our little road down south.

The local Kohler plant always has busted toilets/sinks that get tossed in a pile and crushed back down to the equivalent size of gravel. One of the neighbors up the road fills his truck bed up before he heads home for the day, and scoops it out along the dirt road on his way back to the house. Run over it a few times with the tractor or truck tires and you'd never know the difference.

Best part, even the labor is free.
I've always had more time than money.
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Old 07-16-2017, 04:45 PM
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I've used crushed/milled asphalt for many years and love the stuff. Grass can grow through but doesn't disrupt it and it drains decently. That way I don't have to deal with hot pavement. A green yard is a cooler yard. Unlike crusher run water doesn't dissolve asphalt.

It's light enough to spread by shovel and rake, which I've done for my several truckloads mainly for the exercise.

My property is typical sandy SC soil.

BTW I like railroad gravel as fill and used that below my shop slab. Once in place it doesn't shift or compact.
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Old 07-17-2017, 05:55 AM
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good luck here with the milled asphalt
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Old 09-16-2017, 11:58 AM
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I've used what we call around here "wash out" basically the gravel and powder washed out from concrete trucks. Packs well. Entire parking lot at work is paved with it.
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