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Now the driveway is ALL done

March 31st, 2016 at 08:11 am

Here it is, showing both the paved lower end that was done today and the upper paver section.





I'm very happy with everything. I had asked the asphalt guy last night, very last minute, if he could widen a somewhat narrow section of the lower end of driveway, where the slope is, by about 4 inches. It's hard for me to notice if he did that but i should be able to tell when i drive up it (not til Monday).

He charged me $300 for widening it just in that section. (He had said $200 to $300 on the phone.) I didn't bother to argue to point.

When he was wrapping up, he asked me if I wanted an asphalt curb along the left slope side, to kind of keep the pachysandra in. I said sure, sounds great, but then he said that would be another $300. I'm sure he was trying to make some more $$ with the leftover asphalt. Once I realized there was a price attached, I said no; I've already spent plenty of this driveway. Then he said he'd do it for $200 but I kind of feel it would be a waste of $200. So he left with his leftover asphalt.

I hope they did a good job; it's hard for me to tell if they did or not. They did the whole thing in just 3 hours time. He said he has 2 more jobs to do today.

I'm just thrilled to have this lovely driveway all done at the start of the season so I can enjoy it all summer long. I will have to park elsewhere through the weekend.

I was reading up on new driveway care online and learned that it can take up to a year for new asphalt to cure, so during that time, I need to prevent any large, heavy trucks (oil delivery or landscapers, eg) from driving on it, and when i turn my car around on it, I have to make sure not to turn the tires when the car is NOT moving, or I'll create gouges in it. Actually, I only have room to turn around at top of drive, which has the pavers, but probably still good advice.

As for heating oil delivery trucks, they usually park on the road and carry the long hose up to the back of my garage, where the fill-up port is, but on occasion they have backed up the driveway. For that reason, I'll make a point to have oil delivered on one of my work-at-home days, becus while I could give them instructions over the phone not to drive up, who knows if that would actually happen or not. By being home, I can run out and prevent them from driving up.

I'm to wait at least 6 mths before doing a sealer, and best time to seal is in fall anyway, so probably around September I'll call around for prices. You can spray water on the surface and if it beads up on the asphalt, it's not cured yet and you need to wait longer before sealing.

10 Responses to “Now the driveway is ALL done”

  1. Carol Says:

    How beautiful it looks!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Looks just like you said it would and it looks great! Super curb appeal for selling at some point. Smile

  3. Kiki Says:

    It is beautiful! And it has me investigating paver patios. I have one are of bad patio type that I want to replace some day so now I am studying pavers as an option -just beautiful!

  4. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    I LOVE IT! Hope you enjoy it.

  5. PatientSaver Says:

    Kiki, the ones my mason used were Unilock Camelot, in 2 different colors.

  6. CB in the City Says:

    What a wonderful addition to your home.

  7. VS_ozgirl Says:

    It looks gorgeous!

  8. Ima saver Says:

    It is beautiful!!!!

  9. Dido Says:

    Looks great!

  10. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That is just simply gorgeous!

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