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Asphalt surface has a pothole.
Tools / Materials (See Below for
Cold patch asphalt / Cold asphalt pothole patch (usually
sold in 50-lb bags)
Chisel (preferably a mason's chisel)
Tamper (store-bought or homemade 4x4 piece of
wood with handles)
Appropriately sized piece of plywood (a bit
bigger than repaired asphalt area)
A pothole is not only annoying and unsightly, but
also could pose a safety risk, not to mention potentially cause
damage to vehicles. So getting it patched is a priority for
Caution: When dealing with chemicals, such as
those found in asphalt, make sure you take precautions;
read all product manufacturer instructions.
Patching a pothole in an asphalt surface can be done in a few steps,
and here's how:
With a hammer,
hammer a chisel against all loose and otherwise damaged asphalt
for easy removal of such asphalt from the pothole. Make
sure you also chisel out the rough, jagged edges so as to be
relatively smooth in order to permit the cold patch asphalt to
be properly compacted when compacting ultimately occurs.
around 3-4 inches of the base of the pothole, and then use a
tamper to tamp all around the base, as much as possible, in
order to make sure the base of the pothole becomes as stable and
solid as possible, without loose dirt, the existence of debris,
Upon tamping the
base with the tamper, use a trowel to fill the pothole halfway
with cold patch asphalt.
With the tamper,
compact this halfway fill of asphalt as best as you can.
Then, continue to
fill the pothole with cold patch asphalt until, after leveling
it and tamping it with the tamper, about half of an inch of such
patch asphalt rises above the surrounding asphalt surface.
may be necessary, use a heat gun, at a low temperature (see
manufacturer instructions), to heat your cold patch asphalt so that
the asphalt chemicals can become heat-reactive and create a better
bond for better forming to the surface.
Next, to provide
a final compacting of the cold patch asphalt occupying the
pothole, place a plywood board over such applied cold patch
asphalt and then go over it with an asphalt compactor for the
purpose of compacting the asphalt really well; read the asphalt
compactor instructions. Alternatively, if you do not have
an asphalt compactor, with the plywood board still over such
applied cold patch asphalt, drive your vehicle over the plywood
board for the purpose of compacting the asphalt really well; be
cautious when driving your vehicle. You'll need to have
the asphalt compactor or your vehicle driven over the plywood
board quite a few times to ensure that the half of an inch of
such patch asphalt has leveled off evenly with the surrounding
Through such sweat and effort above, you'll be
able to fix your asphalt pothole in no time.
Handyman Zone Team
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