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    Road Grading

    Hello all. Happy Friday evening. I have a JD 3038e with a Frontier 5' box blade. I've graded certain areas with it so I am not "new" to grading but not where near an expert. The road has washed out a new times, but nothing major. It's mostly our front wheel drive car that slings and digs going up the hill that's created the bumps. So, experts, lend your recommendations on the best way to grade the road. See pics attached. Its not long, but steep. My major concern is that I "cut" too low and start getting into the B stone. I have about a half load of gravel to use to fill in areas if needed. Thanks all.
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    I moved this thread to the land ownership section for a better fit.


    The pics don't do it justice. They never do. My drive and the neighbors drive aren't as steep, but similar in many ways.

    It's important to keep a crown and proper drainage routes established for good rainwater runoff. It looks to me like you have a fairly new home so I'm guessing that your driveway is original, as in it's never had gravel added. After a few years packing the same drive down, the drive becomes a low spot and needs repair. My suggestion...more crusher run gravel. I don't know how much you'll need, but maybe starting off with one load and work from there. Before you order a load, drop the scarifiers on your BB and rip up the bad sections. Re-establish the crown and smoothness, then add gravel and repeat if necessary.
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    Others, may not agree, but I would use a grading scraper of this type. Quick, easy, does a great job. Raises gravel up to the top. You will find that you take better care of your drive because it ends up so nice and takes a small amount of time to have it that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MtnViewRanch View Post
    Others, may not agree, but I would use a grading scraper of this type. Quick, easy, does a great job. Raises gravel up to the top. You will find that you take better care of your drive because it ends up so nice and takes a small amount of time to have it that way.
    Absolutely! A land plane grading scraper is the way to go. Easy to use and does a fantastic job.
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    Nice looking house and property. Using the trees as plumb bobs in the first picture, that road looks real steep. If that is truly the case, you may always have washout issues, etc and frequent road maintenance in your future.

    Again if the road is that steep, the best solution although hideously expensive and time consuming might be to create a series of switchbacks to lessen the grade.

    Out of curiosity, has the fire department said anything about the road's steepness being a problem for their equipment to access your home?

    As for techniques, the previous posters advice is better than anything I have to offer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjncad View Post
    Nice looking house and property. Using the trees as plumb bobs in the first picture, that road looks real steep. If that is truly the case, you may always have washout issues, etc and frequent road maintenance in your future.

    Again if the road is that steep, the best solution although hideously expensive and time consuming might be to create a series of switchbacks to lessen the grade.

    Out of curiosity, has the fire department said anything about the road's steepness being a problem for their equipment to access your home?

    As for techniques, the previous posters advice is better than anything I have to offer.
    If you think that drive way looks steep you should see some of the new construction here in Morgantown. They basically take a mountain side cut the trees and start building houses. The one house we looked at was on a street that was so steep that I guessed that my wife would not make it up it in the winter with snow on it and she drives a Jeep Liberty. The steepness of the street was the main reason that we did not buy. Another house we looked at the driveway was so steep that my receiver hit the ground when pulling into it. When I say receiver I'm not talking about the drop with a ball on it. I drive a stock Chevy TrailBlaizer with the exception on load leveling shocks in the rear that gives it a an inch or so worth of lift which should have made it better. Then I got out of my truck I was standing under the rear passenger door and I felt like I was getting out of an F350 4x4 that was lifted. I can't imagine how people do it.


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    From what you describe of the driveways in that new development, they should include a cog railway with each house.
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