Missouri Driveway Project

LarryBud

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Dec 5, 2020
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HI Folks,

I know there is another driveway thread going but I didn't want o hijack it with my own issues. As summer approaches, I'm looking for the easiest, most cost effective way to gravel the below outline. The photo has Noth to the top. It's about 300' East to West and 75' deep on the two aprons on each side of the building. The mapping software shows 5227 square feet of area in my proposed dive.

Currently, the West 75-100' has gravel which just dithers out and it converts to hard backed sod. What I will call the drive ( East to West ) is high and hard. I can drive vehicles and my L3130 on it immediately after a heave rain. The two aprons on either side of the building are soft / muddy for a few a day after a rain.

I have a L3130 with a toothed FEL and a rear blade. I'd like to gravel this summer during the hot, dry season

Questions:

1) What would you do to the sod? Remove it, Kill it, some fabric, just gavel over it? Or in other words what pre-gravle prep?

2) Soft spots on the side of the buildings? Should I try to put a French Drain in? I could try to grade it for better run off. The drive sits higher the the building.

3) It's hard to see on the picture but a terrace ( from back in the 40s ) runs just NE of the building. Part of the area I wish to gavel there will have a pretty decent pitch. I'm wondering if the gravel will hold on an incline?

Thanks in advance for any thoughts. I'll try to document my project all the way through.


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Motion

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I'd suggest asking around and getting with a local contractor to get an estimate on grading, crowning, sloping and ditches as necessary. He could give you some ideas on how to address wet areas, if culverts need to be placed, etc. Once you have a price you can decide weather to do the job yourself or hire him. He'd have access to red clay and maybe get a better price on the type gravel/stone to provide the best drive (I prefer pea gravel). Your tractor doesn't have the weight and blade size as a bulldozer. I'd focus on getting the roads where you want and call the man! If you do it yourself, you'd still need to buy fill and move it to where you need it and still need to purchase gravel. In my area I can get a bulldozer and an operator for $100.00 an hour say it would take him 12-16 hours, call it$1,800.00, it would be right and then you'd just maintain after that. Just my .02
 

72401L2501

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A dozer will definitely make your life easier. Roads are constructed in layers if you want them to last. Large rock base, limestone type fill, topped with SB2 is really a good combo. Proper packing of each layer is also key.
 

LarryBud

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Thanks for the feedback Gentlemen. I was looking for a DYI project but perhaps opening the checkbook is the answer.
 

Motion

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If you decide to hire a bulldozer and you can be there with him, an hourly rate is the way to go, pay the dirt and gravel trucks directly (get their contact information for future use). Forget the checkbook cash is king, doing this type of work, pay as soon as services are rendered and keep extras 20's &10's in your pocket to provide a little extra, they'll remember you when you call and need them again. Be reminded that monies spent is part of your education if you observe and ask questions. Just my .02
 

ken erickson

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Thanks for the feedback Gentlemen. I was looking for a DYI project but perhaps opening the checkbook is the answer.
Many times a project that you decide to tackle as a DYI can give great satisfaction even though economically does not make sense. It seems to me you have given your driveway a lot of thought and asking good questions, I have no doubt you would build a long lasting drive should you decide to take it on! :)(y)