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Tim Carter, of http://AsktheBuilder.com, demonstrates really simple ways to repair either blacktop or concrete driveways.
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You know it is not too late in the season to patch those pesky cracks and either your concrete or blacktop driveway. Now, what I want to talk about first is concrete. Maybe you have got a small crack in a driveway or a sidewalk or a patio and it could be a big crack even. There is all types of different things to use but I will tell you what I prefer.
I would like the urethane caulks. Why do I like those, they are sticky, they are very elastic so that if the concrete moves, the caulk will move with it in the future. How do you start the repair? If it is a small crack, maybe in eight to a quarter inch wide, you can just shoot the caulk right into it. But let us say it is a larger crack, sometimes you will need to buy the foam backer rods and you pack that down into the crack so that you are only putting in about a half inch to maybe 3/8 inch depth of caulking material.
Go ahead and squeeze the caulk out of the gun, let it get into the crack, smooth it with a stick if you have to or if it is a wide crack or if you want to use your finger, go ahead and do that. But sometimes put a little bit of paint around it to get a real nice smooth appearance.
Blacktop driveways are basically the same. What you want to do first is make sure you pick the right patching material. Now, frequently you will go out and you will find these blacktop crack fillers. Well, there is two different types, one of the materials happens to have a whole lot more rubber in it and that makes it more flexible and it will stay longer in the cracks. Now, those products typically cost more money. They can be up to about $13.00 a galloon so try to find those. The more expensive they are the better.
Now, make sure that you go ahead and follow the directions on the label frequently they say to clean the crack out, make sure it is dry and then if the crack is deep, you might have to get backer rod as well to put in there or fill it partially with dry sand. Go ahead and trim the nozzle on the bottle, squeeze it in and try not to get a lot of stuff beyond the crack.
If it is really, really hot weather, you may have to put a little sand on it so you do not track it into your house and in almost all cases, do not drive on the repaired cracks for at least a day. I told you, sealing cracks really is not that hard you just have to act soon. Winners are going to be here.
I am Tim Carter. If you want to discover more home improvement tips go to AskTheBuilder.com.