LESLIE: Now we’re heading to Tennessee where Bruce is on the line with a question about resurfacing driveway. What’s going on at your money pit?
BRUCE: Hey, guys. I’ve got a driveway that’s kind of – it’s not cracking but it’s kind of crumbling into small pebbles and pieces. I have heard, from a buddy of mine that used to do some summer work, that you can take that black top and put a little bit of, I guess, sand in it and mix it up into a putty and maybe save it for a couple of years. What have you guys heard?
TOM: So I think that that would work as sort of a temporary patch but I wouldn’t expect it …
LESLIE: And certainly not for the whole surface, like to just …
TOM: Yeah. Yeah, I mean that’s the kind of thing where if you’re resurfacing driveway and you all of a sudden find that maybe there’s a little hole that you mixed that you missed, you could take some of that sealant, mix it with some sand, stick it into that hole and kind of call it a day. But if you want to have – if you want to do this to the entire surface, you need to use the products that are designed for that, because they’re designed to adhere properly to the surfaces that are below. And I think just trying to sort of make this from scratch doesn’t make a lot of sense.
BRUCE: OK. What would you suggest?
TOM: So, there’s a lot of good-quality latex products for resurfacing driveway that are out today and what you want to do is start with the patching compounds. Clean the driveway really well, use the patching compounds next, fill in those cracks, fill in those holes. If you have a really deep one, then there’s essentially like an aggregate that you pack in first, then you seal the surface. And then once those dry, then you go ahead and put your topcoat on and kind of broom your way out.
You want to buy one of those driveway squeegees, which is kind of like the size of a push broom but it has a squeegee on it, and just very carefully start as close to the house as possible, then bring yourself out to the street. And do it at a time where the weather is decent and when you can try to keep cars off it for two or three days, at least. Because the longer you let it sit, the better it is.
BRUCE: Do you suggest a certain temperature?
TOM: Well, the temperature range is going to be dictated by the manufacturer. But as long as it’s not freezing and as long as it’s not 100 degrees out, you’re probably resurfacing driveway.
BRUCE: Awesome. Thanks, guys.