The leaves are changing, the sun is setting earlier, the cool weather is setting in, and your driveway still has those potholes that you've been putting off repairing all summer. Don't fret – the cool weather won't prevent you from being able to complete this important project. You don't have to allow the cold winter weather to transform those potholes into craters. Here's what you'll need and how to do it.

What You'll Need

  • Hammer
  • Chisel (old flat-head screwdriver will work)
  • Broom
  • Shovel
  • Sheet of Plywood
  • Coarse Gravel
  • Cold Asphalt Patch Material

Pick a Good Day

Keep an eye on the weather forecast for your area. You want the weather to be dry and warm enough for you to work without getting chilled to the bone.

Clear the Driveway

Sweep away all of the debris in your driveway so that you can see all of the cracks and holes that need to be prepared.

Prepare the Holes for Repairs

You don't want to just fill the crumbling holes with material and be done with it because it will continue to deteriorate. Instead, use the chisel and hammer to chisel away the loose debris around the edges and clean them up a bit. The straighter you can get the edges, the easier it will be for you to create a clean, nice-looking patch.

Use a shovel to dig out any loose debris in the holes and sweep the area as best you can. Leaving debris in the hole will cause the patch to sink.

Fill the Holes

If the depth of the hole is more than a couple of inches, you will need to dump a little bit of coarse gravel in the hole and stamp it down to create a solid foundation for the patch material. Make sure that you take the minute to stamp it down well or it will not prevent the material from sinking as it is driven over time and time again.

Pour the patch material into the hole little bits at a time, stamping it down as you insert it. This is to ensure that all of the air pockets are filled as you fill it up. Continue adding material until it is slightly heaping over the top. Don't leave it level or it will dip.

Now, place the plywood over the patch and run over it with your car a few times. This will compress it and create the tightest fill for your hole.

If you have more questions or would prefer a professional paving job, contact companies like Deluxe Blacktop Paving.

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