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"How I spent my summer vacation" or "How not to do a gravel driveway."

"How I spent my summer vacation" or "How not to do a gravel driveway."

Our recycled asphalt/road base drive needed replacing as it was more mud after a storm than a drive, so here is the saga. Gravel was chosen due to cost as a properly prepared & installed concrete drive would have been in excess of $20,000 & an asphalt drive would have been 1/2 to 3/4 of that. With our expansive soils & the cost factor, going gravel made sense. I estimate our cost to be in the $2,500 - $3,000 range since we did the work ourselves.

What I don't show here are the collateral projects of installing an irrigation valve box & its piping, some buried storm drains & my front sidewalk reconstruction.

At the same time that we were placing road base & gravel on our drive, we did my neighbor's drive, so it was a 2-drive summer. They didn't need any trenching though.

If I had to do it over again, I would have put an equal three part mix of concrete road base, 1" x 3/4" & 1-1/2" x 3/4" concrete gravel.

http://picasaweb.google.com/jtpyo.mjn/Driveway?authkey=Gv1sRgCOmf_NSq_8jUMw#
 

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Nice pix and great project!

Had a good laugh at the (mjn)CAD drawings for the plans. Of course you had to scale drawings :laugh:.

If the electrical conduit for power, or for a "car in the driveway" sensor?

Pete
 

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Thanks Pete, and of course the drawings are to scale, I didn't include the border since it was irrelevant for this thread. :laugh: The nice thing about CADding up the plans is it made it easy to calculate the area to order the right amount of material.

The conduit is for wiring a GFCI outlet on the utility station. 1" is overkill for that purpose; but I had a bunch lying around. Since the driveway is short, I'll go with a wireless driveway alarm if I ever decide to get one.
 

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:thumbup1gif: Matt!
 

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:thumbup1gif:WOW! Really nice job. It really makes you feel good to do a job well when completed. Thanks for the photos.
 

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Thanks Bill, my pleasure to share. I can't take all the credit as my neighbors busted their humps on mine and their driveway as it was a team effort.
 

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Matt,
Great job you did with good documentation, easy to see you went to great lengths to keep everything nice and tidy too. The piping looks very neat.

It does take alot of seat time to get good results with a hoe of any kind. The Cat 303.5 is a very handy sized unit, almost bought one instead of the 110.
 
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