Tuesday | November 21, 2017

About Author

John Ball

John Ball is the proprietor of Top Quality Paving and Training, Manchester, New Hampshire. He provides personal, on-site paving consulting services around the United States and into Canada. For more information, contact him at (603) 493-1458 or tqpaving@yahoo.com.

This team has attached an 8-inch convex mirror to a heavy duty, flat magnet so they can position the mirror for the paver operator’s benefit and the screed operator’s benefit. All photos courtesy John Ball, Top Quality Paving & Training, Manchester, New Hampshire.

Where to Put Mirrors on Your Paver for Optimal Safety

One way to increase visibility on any piece of heavy equipment is with...
The mechanic has welded a bucket-like receptacle behind the truck’s cab to hold the spray can of release agent where it is easy to reach, yet out of the way.

Keep Mix from Sticking, Release Agent in Reach

Haul truck drivers have as much need of a biodegradable release agent as...
Tips for Universal Compaction

Top Tips for Universal Compaction

Getting your best compaction on a project only happens when the equipment is...
Pay attention to the cleanliness of the screed overall to keep cold chunks of material from randomly affecting your asphalt mat. Photos courtesy John Ball of Top Quality Paving and Training.

Top Tips for a Clean Asphalt Mat

Getting a clean asphalt mat behind the paver is more likely to happen...
In this picture, we see that the crew is moving down the lane with a good head of material extending to the endgate. The mix is reaching the endgate sufficiently to build the edge of the pavement, but you will want to watch your tunnel placement also. Photo courtesy Chris Harrison.

How to Protect the Feed Sensor, Protect Quality and Save Money at the Paver

  When the feed sensor costs between $1,500 and $2,000 to replace and...
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Save Money and Keep the Haul Truck Clean

One way to save your company thousands of dollars, whether you sub out...

How to Keep Your Dump Man Safe on the Job

The dump man controls the flow of material on the job, and that...
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Guide Dump Trucks with Light

If the haul truck driver doesn’t know exactly what he’s doing, he might...

How to Pave a Segmented Parking Lot for Best Water Flow

Whether you’re constructing a new route for the state or building a new...
The Boxley crew had a number of triangles and changing widths to pave on this segmented project, but they communicated well and worked together the way a veteran crew should.

Plan Water Flow Before Paving

Whether you’re constructing a new route for the state or building a new...

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