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    So I have done some Google searching but really just wanted some opinions. My situation is that I need a tri-axle load of #73 stone (20-22 tons) and about 6 tons of rip rap delivered to my home I am building. Right now contractors are going in and out daily so I cannot block the drive (10ft wide) and I am a quarter mile back off the road so road dumping is not really an option. The rip-rap will only be there a few days but the #73 limestone will likely be there until spring and I will be using it throughout the winter for continual build up of my driveway and other projects. The whole construction site is dirt and with the horrible weather we have had its pretty much constantly mud.

    So to solve this problem I was thinking of buying a heavy duty tarp (20ft x 30ft) and just putting it right off the edge of the driveway and having the stone delivered right on top of it. I do not know if this tarp will be big enough or if it will even hold up to my 1023e driving on it to scoop up stone. My other thought was to just have the stone dumped right on the dirt but I really don't want to be picking up stones in my yard for the rest of my life.

    Any thoughts or suggestions on what to do?

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    You don’t have a place off to the side, like if your were going to make a turn-around. What material is left could be your turn-around. This is what I did when I built my cabin. Dumped rip rap in one spot which ended up being additional parking and limestone pile went where a shed ended up. Just a thought I would think a tarp would be a pia. Plywood might work better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmich View Post
    You don’t have a place off to the side, like if your were going to make a turn-around. What material is left could be your turn-around. This is what I did when I built my cabin. Dumped rip rap in one spot which ended up being additional parking and limestone pile went where a shed ended up. Just a thought I would think a tarp would be a pia. Plywood might work better.
    That's what I was thinking.

    I also thought about some of those 5' x 10', 1" thick steel plates that they put over the road to allow traffic to drive over a trench. That would be great, but I just checked our local construction equipment rental places and they're $80 / DAY!! Yikes!!
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    The 20'X30' tarp should be big enough to hold the load of stone if it's dumped carefully, but I won't guess how it will hold up to the 1023 running over it repeatedly. You could scrape away the topsoil 6" or more deep, prior to placing the tarp and any stone that finds it's way through could be left in the excavation and covered over when the pile is gone.

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    You are making a little too much of this . What is the rr for ? What is the other rock for ? By spring it will be gone maintaining the drive .
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1023Easy View Post
    So I have done some Google searching but really just wanted some opinions. My situation is that I need a tri-axle load of #73 stone (20-22 tons) and about 6 tons of rip rap delivered to my home I am building. Right now contractors are going in and out daily so I cannot block the drive (10ft wide) and I am a quarter mile back off the road so road dumping is not really an option. The rip-rap will only be there a few days but the #73 limestone will likely be there until spring and I will be using it throughout the winter for continual build up of my driveway and other projects. The whole construction site is dirt and with the horrible weather we have had its pretty much constantly mud.

    So to solve this problem I was thinking of buying a heavy duty tarp (20ft x 30ft) and just putting it right off the edge of the driveway and having the stone delivered right on top of it. I do not know if this tarp will be big enough or if it will even hold up to my 1023e driving on it to scoop up stone. My other thought was to just have the stone dumped right on the dirt but I really don't want to be picking up stones in my yard for the rest of my life.

    Any thoughts or suggestions on what to do?
    I Get Large dumpsters all the time and I Put thin sheets of Plywood down for them. But Have used Plywood for Gravel before Because at least you can scoop the gravel off and Not Have Pieces with the Gravel Like you would for a Tarp
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    If you dont put something down you will lose a LOT in the topsoil. I like the idea of clearing the area down to hardpan, but plywood after sounds like the best option. Tarp doesn't work to well. Plates would be great, except for the cost.
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    You are going to end up hating the tarp. I tried that once for a small load of river stones. It worked okay for the bulk of the pile but when you get down to a few inches of material it is impossible to scrape against the tarp to get a load. You end up tearing holes in the tarp and now you have 1-2 tons of stone remaining on a torn tarp that you have no way to easily gather. You can't even pick up on the tarp to consolidate the stones because they are too heavy.

    For me it was an idea that sounded good on paper but was an epic fail.
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    The tarp will tear easily. You'll have rock everywhere. You'll also have bits of tarp everywhere. The best place to put each rock variety is someplace that it will eventually exist at the end of the project anyway. That way you don't have to move as much and the final cleanup phase simply goes away.
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    It's dumped in a big pile next to the neighbors barn. Normally it's 2B modified. That seems to hold up best on our road. I'll get it with my 2520, and the neighbor gets it with either their JD 6430 or JD 6830. That's how it's been done for the last 10 years.
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