How to Repair a Crumbling Driveway

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How to Repair a Crumbling Driveway
A driveway. (fancy garage 2 image by Aaron Kohr from

A driveway incurs a lot of abuse over the years, due to excess weight, ground movement, extreme temperature changes and harsh chemicals. Because of this, it may start to crack, form potholes and crumble. Repairing a driveway can be done by patching up the gaps, cracks and potholes with new concrete mix to restore a smooth and beautiful surface. Maintaining a proper driveway is important since it is one of the first elements to catch a person's eye when they approach a house.

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Things you need

  • Cold chisel
  • Hammer
  • Wire brush
  • Hose
  • Cement bonding agent
  • Paint brush
  • Premixed concrete patch
  • Trowel
  • Gravel mix
  • Cement mix
  • Plastic tarp
  • Water mister

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  1. 1

    Extend the gaps in any cracks to increase the strength of the repair. Use a cold chisel and hammer to extend the cracks.

  2. 2

    Scrub cracks with a wire brush and hose off any loose bits of debris from the driveway. Allow to dry.

  3. 3

    Brush cement bonding agent into cracks or gaps.

  4. 4

    Fill in any small patches with premixed concrete patch. Smooth out with a trowel.

  5. 5

    Combine gravel and cement mix to make concrete. Mix according to the manufacturer's directions.

  6. 6

    Pack the concrete into the gaps and cracks with a trowel. Smooth off the excess concrete mix. Let the concrete set for one to two hours.

  7. 7

    Cover the wet concrete with a plastic tarp for five days, misting it down with water once a day.

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