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Old 06-07-2011, 06:19 PM
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I currently park my trailer around the side of my garage. It is a dirt swale of sorts. No dramatic, but enough to collect water.

I want to turn it in to a driveway/parking spot for the boat. It is a dead end, and will only get no traffic (only boat in and out).

I want to keep it to drain, so not asphalt or cement. I am picturing stones or rock, and I will be doing it myself.

Can you guys give me some suggestions? A layer of what kind of fill or aggregate, and some suggestions on rock for the top layer? Boat is a 21 CC (neither huge nor heavy), and I am thinking I may embed pavers in the rock for the tires. Does that make sense?


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Old 06-08-2011, 03:52 AM
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Some options:
1. Dig out the area about 8" deep, set in concrete blocks with the openings facing up, backfill with dirt level with the top surface of the blocks. You will have a very firm driveway, with great drainage, where you can grow grass and mow if that's what you want.
2. 6" of Stonecrete is a concrete/gravel mix that is applied loose and will set up into a nicely packed surface. Drains OK.
3. 6" of Crushed limestone makes a nice gravel driveway, but does not pack down- always a bit loose. Drains very well. A border of treated lumber is best, otherwise your lawnmower will be picking up bits of gravel that seem to wander into the lawn.

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Old 06-08-2011, 04:34 AM
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# 56 aggregate
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Old 06-08-2011, 04:43 AM
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Chris,

In Crofton, you can get Turfstone for this. Send me a pm.

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Old 06-08-2011, 04:54 AM
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3 in. stone dust for base, pack it then 3/4 in. native stones 3in.
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If you don't want to go down that far there is some fabric mesh stuff I forget the name that you put down first that will allow it to drain but keep the grass and weeds out.
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Originally Posted by LI Sound Grunt View Post
If you don't want to go down that far there is some fabric mesh stuff ....
...available at the big box stores.
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Old 06-08-2011, 05:15 AM
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3/4" dense grade which is crushed stone including the pith, or dust. if the subsurface is solid, you can go over it 4 to 6 inches, compact with vibrator. to finish, a thin layer of 3/4" washed stone raked over the area then compacted. wet it when compacting.

this will give you a clean, solid as cement finish. you need to top off with a clean stone, otherwise it will produce dust that you will track around and into the boat. Another option that adds cost but makes for a really nice and clean area is the addition of outdoor carpet over either the whole area or around the walking perimeter.

Very easy and cheap. up here I get a triaxle of dense grade (about 22 tons) for around $11/ton (might be 12).
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I use 411 limestone for my driveway. Grey dust and grape size limestone. I like it because the dust tends to hold the rocks in place rather than ending up in my yard in the spring.
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Old 06-08-2011, 05:24 AM
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I have seen pavers used that allow grass to grow in and around them. Here is a link to what they look like.

http://www.concretenetwork.com/concr...ncrete_pavers/
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For your boat you really don't need all the work of a fill and top layer. If you are happy with the grade, pick a stone that your wife likes, river rock, granite etc., have the truck back in, chain his gate open a few inches and drive out. No muss no fuss and you are out of the mud.
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grade the area so it will drain add 8" of washed 1 1/2 crushed stone.
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Recycled/crushed concrete.
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clam shell used to be the driveway material of choice, but it's impossible to get now
if you can find a source of oyster shell, they work well too

otherwise, if you want aggregate, the others above have given you good options
you could always just use gravel, but you have to contain it on all sides (landscape timbers, or something similar)

another option no one has mentioned is driveway slag
if there is a steel mill in your area, they will have a big pile of it
it is very, very expensive down here, but we do not have any native stone, so everything is expensive
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:09 PM
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Tell your local concrete co you want to buy some wash out.
Its what they wash out ea day.It make a good pad or driveway.
Its a little dusty at first till its get rain on a few time and is fairly cheap.
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#610 stone.... some of you guys are wanting someone to sprain an ankle with some of the larger stone.
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:58 PM
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wow lots or great options. The place is pretty contained, so overflow to the lawn will never be an issue.

I like the idea of a larger rock (as large as is practical before ankles break and trailers refuse to move.

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Originally Posted by halfmoon View Post
I have seen pavers used that allow grass to grow in and around them. Here is a link to what they look like.

http://www.concretenetwork.com/concr...ncrete_pavers/
Another similar product http://www.pavestone.com/consumers/p...90/Grasstone-I
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