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I am purchasing a home tomorrow that has a 40x50 pole barn. Right now the center section has gravel but the side wings do not. How do you guys contain the gravel? Should I put treated 2x4's down as an edging are is that not necessary? It will be a few years before I can concrete it all.
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In the same boat. Looking forward for the responses.
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If your putting it above grade just let it spill out 2x4 wouldn't look good plus stops you from entering from all sides. Or dig it down 2 to 3 inches and fill with gravel. I've did it both ways. Above grade after installing I sprayed about an inch or two are with weed killer to green from hitting with mower.
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Back in the day we would sink 2x12s to contain the gravel then pour burn motor oil on the wood to keep out the pests. Of course, we would never do that these days. However, some of those 2x12s are still around 40 years later. My Dad said (RIP) "Oil came from the ground we are just sending a little bit back."
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Nothing. Use ‘road base’ and compact it a little.
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I park my 7800 lb boat and trailer on Type 57 gravel....a mix of limestone and granite chips. We scooped 4-5" of dirt out before it was dumped and it compacts nicely. I have no border holding it in, just the wall of dirt around it.

I am not sure how it would react if just poured out onto the ground.
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If you are willing to take the area to be stoned down some first ? Get some geo fabric ,contractor grade not home depot . place the fabric creating a lip to hold an edge for the aggregate . This will keep soil from mixing along the edge .
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If it is coming out along the edges where you drive stuff in and out of the building, rake it back a bit and put down a line of stall mats (rubber) right at the entrance. This won’t completely solve the problem, but will allow you to easily rake/broom any gravel that gets on top of mats back to where it’s supposed to be.
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Put ABC down instead of loose stone.
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The side wings that don’t have the gravel is it because they are at finished grade and will then have concrete? Is the center staying gravel? I guess I’m confused.
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When we had the farm in FL the barn floor was concrete. The parking areas for trailers, etc. was a mixture of crushed concrete and asphalt millings. It packed down very nicely. Plus our source was only about 5 miles away.

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I like railroad ties for a gravel border. Monkey grass in between the ends, instead of butting them together.
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Originally Posted by NC Mike View Post
Put ABC down instead of loose stone.
Is that the same as crushed concrete?

Fla has different choices verses states that have an abundance of big rocks to make Little Rock’s into.

I am getting ready to build the same size but have been thinking about pouring a footing with 1 course of block on the three sides.

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Originally Posted by Afishinado View Post
Nothing. Use ‘road base’ and compact it a little.
Around our way thats a combination of quarry dust and #57 stone. But we got a lot of granite gravel pits around here. But it does work nicely.

When I was down in Florida we used a lot of crushed oyster shell.
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Geo web and done.
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Originally Posted by triumphrick View Post
I park my 7800 lb boat and trailer on Type 57 gravel....a mix of limestone and granite chips. We scooped 4-5" of dirt out before it was dumped and it compacts nicely. I have no border holding it in, just the wall of dirt around it.

I am not sure how it would react if just poured out onto the ground.
I just did this. I pm’d you about it. Works great
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Originally Posted by Rjh1960 View Post
Is that the same as crushed concrete?

Fla has different choices verses states that have an abundance of big rocks to make Little Rock’s into.

I am getting ready to build the same size but have been thinking about pouring a footing with 1 course of block on the three sides.
It's aggregate base course, probably called something else in other states. It's a mixture of stone and well graded sand. Crushed concrete would work as well, recycled asphalt would too. The key to it is they have fines in them that can be compacted.
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If there is any change in grade you don't really want compaction. Drainage egress has to be considered when selecting aggregate size and composition.
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Originally Posted by kmoose View Post
If there is any change in grade you don't really want compaction. Drainage egress has to be considered when selecting aggregate size and composition.
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Asphalt millings. In FL once they get hot they will not go anywhere.

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