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Once you decide to go ahead with the resealing project, it’s time to gather materials and tools. This includes a pressure washer and cleaners, an intial supply of filler and sealer and more.
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The driveway needs to be as clean as possible. The dirt will have embedded itself in the asphalt. The cleaner the driveway, the better the sealer will bond with it.
I purchased a Ryobi 1600 psi electric powerwasher for around $100. My driveway is about 170′ long. Running a tool such as a pressure washer using extension cords can damage the tool. Voltage drops significantly over distance. The lower voltage causes the tool to burn out quickly.
The alternative is to purchase extension hoses. I bought four 50′ hoses with the adapters. Pushing the water that distance does not cause the same issues as using an extension cord.
If you have a long driveway, a dolly or hand truck will come in handy when moving the pails from where you mix them to where you need them.
In order to effectively mix the sealer, you will need a half inch drill with a heavy duty mixing blade. A 3/8″ drill just won’t have the power and torque that you need.
If you are using trowel patch, you will need a 3/8″ drill and mixing blade. A corded drill is preferable as a battery drill might might not hold up well.
You could order all of the materials at once. Some stores such as Home Depot offer free delivery if you purchase $45 or more. However, it is difficult to estimate the amounts needed. I’m only 20 minutes from the big hardware stores so I purchased what I anticipated on using in the next week or so.
You will probably need a variety of crack filler products.
You might want to do a test run with 2 gallons of crack filler and one pail of sealer. That will let you see if you want to continue with that particular brand.
Check the stores for “Bulk Pricing”. For example, one pail of sealer at Home Depot was 19.99. However, 3 pails or more qualified for a bulk price of 13.99. That was a savings of $3.00 per pail.
This is handy for getting rid of weeds in your cracks and for melting Pli-stix crack filler. You could use a standard handheld torch but a large torch attached to a 20# propane bottle is your best bet.
Note that the large torch will go through propane quickly. If possible have a full bottle in reserve.
I was going to use a squeegee for spreading the sealer. However, the driveway was so rough that a squeegee didn’t work well. I found that a stiff long handled bristle brush worked best. I used the brush both for applying sealer and cleaning before sealing.
Plan ahead as best as you can. Things will go much better when you have everything lined up.
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