Looking to save money and get a workout? Repairing your driveway will provide both cost savings and burn calories—if done properly. If not you will just get burned.
Handling Asphalt Materials
Asphalt materials are hazardous to your health. When working with asphalt:
Avoid prolonged contact with your skin
Wear eye protecting
Wear a doctor’s mask to avoid excessive breathing
Do not put on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt and start applying. Make sure that you purchased materials that meet safety standards and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Many people choose to work on their driveways during the summertime because it seals faster. Remember to keep the materials in the shade on excessively hot days. Also keep all solvent-thinned materials away from fire.
Clearing the Area Before Applying
When cutting out or chipping away at an area you are seeking to repair make sure that you are using the right tools. Do not use a carpenter’s hammer because is designed for putting nails into surfaces not breaking apart asphalt. Use a machinist’s hammer instead. When breaking apart asphalt protect your eyes.
After cutting out an area suitable for repair a lot of the cleaning can be accomplished by using soap and water. If using a stronger industrial cleaner make sure that it can be used with asphalt.
Make Sure your Heart is Healthy Enough for Asphalt Repair
Ever hear of heart attack snow? The same principal applies to asphalt. Make sure that you have had a recent check-up and that you are in good enough shape for the rigorous exercise that asphalt repair requires.
As always if you do not feel comfortable fixing your driveway, consult a professional. If done incorrectly asphalt repair can be costly and dangerous.
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