Tired of looking at that ugly bump on his way? Hate the blow when driving over it? Well no need to put up with it anymore and do not need to hire someone to hundreds of dollars to fix it for you – you can easily do it yourself. All you need are some tools that you probably already have, some cheap asphalt cold patch (available at home stores) and the will to get a little dirty and sweaty.
Fixing the bump
- Wait for a warm dry day (this will make the asphalt on the soft cold patching and adhere better).
- Dig any loose gravel or asphalt in the doldrums. Make sure you clean all the way to the base of compacted gravel driveway.
- After disposing of the biggest and loose pieces, use the broom and dustpan or vacuum cleaner to get rid of any store smaller pieces still in the hole. (You need to ensure there are not any left loose parts or repair not adheres firmly).
- Spray the sides and bottom of the hole with the hose (not soak it; just give a quick spray to settle any dust).
- Fill the hole with cold about 1/2 “above the road surface patch Open the bag and pour the cold patch into the hole or use your shovel. Not even think about using your hands, even if you He is wearing gloves.
- Use the end of the 4 “x 4” to pack down the cold patch. Start at the outer edges and work your way around the hole in the center and then the cold patch level with the surface of the packaging. You can pack the cold patch below the road surface, if so, once the first layer is fully compacted, add more cold patch and repeat the compaction process.
- In order to sweep any dust or sand on the asphalt repair to the new patch will not stick to your shoes.
Tips & Warnings
- You can rent (or buy) a pressing tool in home stores instead of using a piece of 4 “x 4”. This will be easier then to get your hands around a 4 “x 4”.
- You could avoid going through the process of tamping placing a sheet of plywood over the patch and driving your car forward and backward on the wood a few times. Not as good a job of packaging, but it is definitely easier on the hands and back.
- Although you covered repaired potholes with sand or dust, it’s a good idea not to walk on it for a couple of days until completely dry.
- The best time to repair a pothole is when the sun is shining and the temperature is hot, so be sure to wear a hat and drink plenty of fluids.
- Cold patch is messy, dirty and hard to clean clothes and skin. Plan accordingly