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Repairing an Asphalt Driveway

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    LESLIE: Carol in Tennessee needs some help with the driveway. What happened to it?

    CAROL: We had a driveway put in last August and I’ve noticed, walking down my driveway, that where they would stop and like fill the big thing that spreads the blacktop it was never smooth; it’s kind of rocky and stuff. Well, some of those places there’s loose gravel or loose …

    TOM: OK.

    CAROL: … or loose blacktop and then when I was walking last night there was a hole about the size of a half dollar that I could put my hand, my fingers down …

    TOM: OK.

    CAROL: … and I think that’s where – and I think those machines are 10 feet wide and my driveway is 12 [and I think that’s where] (ph) they spread it on the side. And I’m not sure – you know, is it something that can be fixed? He said he’d come back and you know [what if] (ph) we had a problem or something I wanted to talk to him but I just wanted to find out from you what I should be asking him.

    TOM: So basically you had an asphalt driveway put in and you’ve gotten some loose gravel and you’ve got some spots where they may be some holes or some cracks and the answer is absolutely yes; they can be fixed and there are compounds that are designed specifically for that – asphalt patching compounds, for example – and if your driveway installer offered to come back I’d have them do just that. That’s a real easy job for them to do. It’s the kind of thing that they carry on the trucks all the time and it’s best to have them do it.

    CAROL: OK. Thank you. I love your program.

    TOM: You’re very welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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