This will be lengthy. I want to convey all the possibly helpful/pertinent info I can. This is in MO near KC so there are thaw/freeze cycles. This is sooo outside my wheelhouse! I’m pretty confident with a 4 series tractor with FEL, box blade and rear blade I have all the capability to do this job. I’m just not an expert at grading or driveway construction! So please bear with me on my stupid questions!
So I moved to this house last Sep; the guy that built the house in 2004 apparently didn’t believe in driveway maintenance/upkeep. Getting a tractor was in my agenda so I thought I’d wait. Then I thought so I don’t screw it up I should hire it done so I don’t mess up resale value as I know I’ll be gone in 4 years. Now after the guy I was going to hire hasn’t communicated in like 5 weeks the more I think...heck I should give it a try! Can’t be any worse than when I moved in! And it gives me some good practice/training for our “forever house” when we move to Houston. I think the odds are high we are dealing with gravel there as the wife and I would like a min of 200 acres.
Well fast forward to Nov after I got said tractor with a box blade (amongst other implements). I thought I could use the scarifiers and find some gravel...well I was wrong. I’m going to need I’d bet 40+ ton to do it right. Depending if I need two different sizes and how thick each type is...those questions are below....lol
So I had a company come out back in Nov...they build roads, highways and do driveway work. He said he would put in some bigger rock...there are SO many different terms depending on the region...but I think he said 2” to start to get a good base going. Then once compacted after a while (whatever that means time wise; no idea) then come back with...I think he said crusher run...on top of that. I think he said for a driveway he would NOT do a fabric underneath.
Then a month or so ago...I had a company come out and give me a quote for extending the concrete portion of the existing driveway....well when he said $10K...I knew that would be a waste when I’m leaving in 4 years! He also said no to a fabric base (his 2 coworkers were also shaking their head no). But he said he would do just crusher run...1-1.5” down to powder/dust however he described it. So NO bigger pieces as a base. He said if it was fresh farm field then he would. Granted this driveway has been here for 17 years but there isn’t much rock left...maybe there never was much...I have no way to know. I want to extend rock to the shop entrance and there doesn’t appear to be much as far as what appears to be much traffic or wear...so I’d think even less chance of ever being much rock there.
I reference the fabric underneath as from my research I thought it would help prevent the rock from disappearing into the ground with thaw/freeze cycles. But I’m thinking it would look/do fine for sure in the time I’m here...as I think that would probably cost me $1000 ish for that fabric....or more!
I’m going to post this just in case the app crashes. I can go in and edit to add things and then add follow on posts with more specific questions and the pics of what I’m starting with!
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