Oct 23, 2023
Take Steps for Mistake-Free Pavement Repair
In today’s funding arena, cities and local governments watch the bottom line as carefully as you do. When agencies or property managers let a bid for a thin overlay or basic patching job, they want it done right the first time, but they may not be aware of how much extra pressure these small batches put on your crew.
- Make sure your crew is watching all the details when you’re on pavement repair jobs, so mistakes don’t creep into the project.
- Clean surfaces very well before performing work. A dirty surface won’t let tack or mix adhere properly.
- Tack edges, joints and surfaces properly. Too much of a good thing here is just as disastrous as dribbling material sparingly.
- Watch mix temperature. Use a temperature gun to monitor what you’re placing. If it’s losing heat, it’s time to re-blend or send it back. If that sounds expensive, consider how costly it’ll be to get called back to the job next spring to replace your failed work for free.
- Compact until it’s done. If you over-compact, you’ll break the aggregate, which leaves uncoated rock faces in the mat, among other problems.
This is a quick-n-easy list of basics for the new pavement repair crew. You’ve got to adhere to best practices any day of the week, but best practices are doubly important when working with a thin lift or small amount of material. Mistakes are magnified in these small areas, so make sure you give your pavement repair crew its best chance at mistake-free work with today’s toolbox tip.
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