Tips For Interviewing Contractors

Tips For Interviewing Contractors

Patch And Seal An Asphalt Walkway In Your Back Yard

Jessie Bell

If the asphalt walkway that is located in your back yard has small holes in its surface, clean and patch it by completing the project below. Once you have finished the steps, apply a couple coats of sealcoating to the walkway to provide the asphalt with a uniform appearance and protect it from becoming damaged.

Materials

  • push broom
  • water hose
  • powdered laundry detergent
  • deck brush
  • handheld scrub brush
  • oxygenated bleach
  • cold asphalt patch
  • small shovel
  • putty knife
  • steel tamper
  • vinyl drop cloths
  • bucket of asphalt sealer
  • mixing stick
  • paint tray
  • paint roller (thick nap)
  • roller frame and extension handle

‚ÄčEliminate Loose Debris And Surface Stains

Move a push broom across the walkway's surface to collect dirt, grass cuttings, and any other type of yard debris. Use a water hose to dampen the asphalt. Cover visible stains with an even layer of powdered laundry detergent. Wait several minutes for the detergent to penetrate each stain before moving a deck brush or handheld scrub brush briskly back and forth over each detergent-covered surface.

If any of the stains do not respond to the detergent, pour a small amount of oxygenated bleach onto each one. Rinse the walkway's surface with a steady stream of water and allow plenty of time for the asphalt to dry.

Fill Holes In The Asphalt

Use a small shovel to fill each hole in the asphalt with cold asphalt patch. Move one side of a putty knife over the surface of each filled hole to smooth out the patch. Place a steel tamper against each filled hole and press the tool's handle down firmly to compress the patch. The directions that are listed on the bucket of patch will state how long you may need to wait for the product to harden. 

Cover The Asphalt With A Couple Coats Of Sealer

Lay vinyl drop cloths over the property that surrounds the walkway. After stirring the contents of a bucket of asphalt sealer for a minute or two, fill a paint tray with the sealer. Place the paint tray next to the walkway to avoid accidentally spilling sealer onto the asphalt. Cover a thick-napped paint roller with an even amount of asphalt sealer. Move the roller in straight lines across the walkway's surface. Apply more sealer to the roller as needed.

Wait for the sealer to dry thoroughly before adding a second coat of the product to the walkway. After the second coat of sealer has dried, remove the drop cloths from the ground, and use the walkway as you normally would. 


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When I started looking for someone to build my dream home, I realized that I was going to need to be very picky about how I wanted things to proceed. Instead of just choosing anyone to do the work, I started realizing that I needed to work harder to find the perfect team of experts. I started looking everywhere for just the right people, and I was really impressed with one team that stood out to me. They built an absolutely breathtaking home for us, and I know that it might not have worked out that way had we worked with different people. This blog is all about interviewing contractors.

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