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- May 5, 2021
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Topping a Driveway with Stone DustThe first question I’m sure you have is: what the heck is stone dust? Well, I can tell you that it’s not exactly stone, nor is it dust. It’s a coarser version of regular sand. Stone dust is the byproduct of crushed rocks. Gravel, if you will. As the rock crusher crushes larger rocks, chips and edges of those larger rocks fall through the screen to create stone dust. This is the stuff that people use underneath pavers when they install those beautiful driveways you see all over the place. The reason they use it is because it packs like nothing else and becomes very firm once it’s settled in. And these attributes are exactly why I like to top our driveway with this material. It’s perfect for this type of thing, as long as the driveway is somewhat level. If it’s on a steep hill, some of it will likely wash away during heavy rain storms. If you have a hill for a driveway, you’ll want to get some 3/4 inch gravel instead. That won’t wash away.
Here’s a photo of some of the stone dust that I recently had delivered here at the house.
I purchased 18 yards of this material from E.L. Vining & Son down in Farmington, Maine a few days ago. It cost $12 per yard with free delivery. So the entire dump truck load was $200 and change. Not bad. What I’d like to do with it is top a few areas of the driveway as well as create a bridge over a small swampy area that’s tough to walk through in the woods. I need to make it dry so I can get back there with the ATV and trailer to haul out some firewood. I’ve got lots of firewood back there that needs to be liberated.
This is the pile of stone dust that was delivered. I wish I was standing next to it because it looks so small. There’s not much to relate it to.
I’m not sure of what type of rock this came from, but what I do know is that I bought about 20 yards last year for the driveway and it worked great. It’s very hard and I didn’t fling any rocks across the yard with the snowblower. That was a bonus.
I’ll get to the project back in the woods in a few days. I’ve got Ian coming over to help out with that on Friday, so that should be fun. We’ll be using the ATV, along with my new trailer to haul the material back there, so I’ll take lots of photos for you. What I’d like to show you today is the small repair job I did on the driveway. I still have a lot more to do, but this isn’t a bad start, considering it was the worst area. This is the area I used to get stuck in with the truck. The tires on one side would sink into the dirt as the winter progressed and the freeze/thaw would melt the snow and then freeze the water around my tires. Then, I’d try to drive the truck out of the driveway, only to realize that I was stuck. This has happened more than once and it’s such a pain. I don’t want it to ever happen again.
This is the summertime view of this bumpy part of the driveway.
There was gravel over this driveway at some point in the past. That’s since been pushed down into the dirt.
I’d say that is about six wheelbarrow loads in. I managed to fill in the worst part of the driveway along the edge. I didn’t think I was going to have to go so deep, but what the heck. May as well fix it correctly the first time.
And this is what it looks like after about 12 wheelbarrow loads. I forgot how back-breaking this type of work is. I kept wanting to quit for the day and then I said, “Just one more.” A few times.
After I smoothed this material with the rake, I walked all over it to pack it down. Then I smoothed it again. It’ll actually match the rest of the driveway once it rains. I know it looks brown now, but it’ll eventually turn blue like the stuff next to it.
Oh yeah, this is the chunk I took out of the pile to make this repair.