Recycled Asphalt for Base

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by traderfjp, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. traderfjp

    traderfjp LawnSite Member
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    I have a 2,000 sq, ft. driveway and when I pulled some of it up the driveway just fell apart. I was thinking of making a pile and drivng over it with a bobcat to make smaller pieces. Then go down about 12" and spread out the driveway material and then lay road base on that. Is there any reason not to do this?
     
  2. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Posts: 1,209

    several.

    the broken asphalt add no structure. will work against you for drainage. it isnt a standard practice. adds more work to a job. adds more labor.
     
  3. traderfjp

    traderfjp LawnSite Member
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    This was a bad idea. It's all getting ripped out.
     
  4. AbbottCon.

    AbbottCon. LawnSite Member
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    wrap or recycled asphalt is fine base but it needs to be processed at the plant first. its a cheaper solution to dense grade but shouldnt be laid thicker then 4 inches or it becomes very hard to get proper compaction. drainage isnt an issue though because asphalt is a non permeable surface anyway
     
  5. traderfjp

    traderfjp LawnSite Member
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    I'm ripping out the driveway tomorrow. I can get RCA which is a mix of asphalt and concrete. They also have just crushed concrete for a little more. What would make a better base?
     
  6. ryde307

    ryde307 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 540

    I have used road millings (concrete and asphault) for base many times. I live in a well populated area with money so landscape suppliers are everywhere but we also have 2 huge paving companies within 10 miles. There milling are half the price of red rock base its an easy choice for us.
     
  7. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Posts: 1,209

    that doesn't mean what you are buying meets spec. millings often don't.
     

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