Handyman

August 9, 2014

Besides asphalt, what are the best driveway surfaces?

There’s no way around it; resurfacing a driveway is never a cheap undertaking. Choose asphalt and concrete or gravel/pebbles (crushed stone) for good service and good prices, but make sure you install a sturdy border of wood timbers or large concrete lengths to keep the latter in place.

I have three very old asphalt driveways in rough shape that need replacing. I don’t want to be penny-wise and pound foolish, but neither do I want to shell out more than I have to. Cobblestones and bricks are probably out of the question because of the cost, but there are other possibilities: concrete pavers, gravel/pebbles, the same pressed into asphalt, stamped concrete, decorative overlay composites, and probably others I don’t even know about. Snow removal is a definite consideration.

They are all expensive, especially those that must be laid by hand, such as cobblestones (too rough), bricks and concrete pavers.

Asphalt and concrete are two good ideas, equally expensive. Gravel/pebbles show promise. Six or more inches of crushed stone are best because they have sharp edges to resist sloughing.

I think you can choose asphalt and concrete (laid in 10-foot units to reduce cracking) and also the gravel/pebbles (crushed stone) for good service and good prices. The gravel/pebbles need a sturdy border of wood timbers or large concrete lengths to keep them in place. The bigger the pebbles, the better. Also, the old underlayment of the driveways must be removed to make room for 6 inches of crushed stone as a base and for drainage.

Cleaning harms counter

I put a leaky bottle of cleaner on my new Silestone counter and it dulled the luster. I have been fearful of making the problem worse, so have simply cleaned it up with soap and water, which removed the spill but didn’t solve the problem. Suggestions?

Try Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. If that doesn’t work, ask a dealer what will.

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