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First Gravel Drive Way. Help.

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Cat_246B, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. Cat_246B

    Cat_246B LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    I am going to do my first gravel drive way, and I need some help.
    The owners want the old gravel taken out and replaced with new red gravel something along those lines. They also have a couple of spots in the drive way that they say always sinks back down and holds water, a couple of weeks after they put more gravel in it. What would cause this. Would all I have to do, is take the old gravel off, grade it, and put the new gravel down??
    The drive way is 28 ft wide by 55 ft long, and I was wondering how much gravel I would need to cover it.

    As I said this is my first drive way and please tell me if I missed anything else that needs to be done. Thanks in Advance :)
  2. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,770

    I would get around 10/15 yds. What I've done in the past is dig out and add RCA and compact it then add the colored gravel on top for show
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  3. Cat_246B

    Cat_246B LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    alldayrj: thanks, how much does 10-15 yards of gravel usual cost.
    I don't mean to sound stupid, but what is RCA:hammerhead:
  4. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,770

    Recycled concrete aggregate. Some people will also tell you to use geo fabric.

    Around here the colored stuff is around 65/yd but i would double check that locally. I can't see your location on my phone.

    What is it that your business normally does?
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  5. Cat_246B

    Cat_246B LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    alldayrj: I live in a small town in Utah called Beaver. I don't have a business as I'm 18, but I want to have my own landscapeing business in a couple of years:) I had a couple of fliers around town and somebody responded to it. This is the first thing that I will be doing, and I want to do it right. Is there anything else I should know about doing a drive way?? Thanks
  6. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Posts: 3,597

    you wont be able to do anything with the spot that settles. dont get involved with that. Call the place with the stone you want and get a price for a tri-axle load, 15-16 yards, 20-23 tons. Then add what you want for a day or so of wheel barrow, shovel, and rake work, $250-300 labor

    Edit-i missed the part about taking the old gravel out. That really doesnt make sense.
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2012
  7. big daddy b

    big daddy b LawnSite Member
    Posts: 95

    oh boy.
    18 years old and your excavating out an old driveway, filling in with new stone and grading?
    Are you doing this all by hand, or do you have equipment?
  8. Cat_246B

    Cat_246B LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    big daddy b: I have a Cat 246 that I can use to take the old gravel out, and put new gravel in, and grade with.
    4 seasons lawn&land: thanks for the information about the settles.

    It turns out the people are my next door neighbors. :laugh:
  9. cnymowing

    cnymowing LawnSite Member
    Posts: 123

    Take the old gravel and or sub base down 6" or so, then tamp it, lay out geotextile fabric, then install 4" of ASTM 57 stone (which provides much better drainage than crusher run), compact, and top off with the red stone.

    The geo fabric will help prevent settling, and using mostly 57 stone will help keep the cost down... I know around here the red stone costs almost $90/CY
  10. Cat_246B

    Cat_246B LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    Thanks for the information everyone, it has helped alot. I will check with how much it costs for red rock at the rock yard tomorrow.

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