An old asphalt driveway does not do much for your house. Cracks and tears can make your house look older. Yet having it removed can cost you a fortune. The good news is that you can try to do the removing of the asphalt driveway by yourself so that you will not have to hire extra help. All you have to do is to follow the steps that are provided below and you will be able to get rid of your old asphalt driveway.
Here are the steps on how you can remove an asphalt driveway by yourself:
- Reserve equipment. Reserve the equipment that you will use for the removal of the asphalt driveway months in advance. Other people may be renting the equipment out so it is best if you have a reservation ahead of time. This gives you the time to plan on how you are going to do this. Contact your local equipment rental service and rent an excavator, a pick ax, a front loader and a dump truck. These equipment come in small sizes so it is easier for you to maneuver.
- Preparation. When the day of the removal of the asphalt driveway comes, prepare a facemask and a shovel that you can use. You may also want to wear protective goggles over your eyes to avoid little bits of the asphalt from entering your eyes while you work.
- Start removing damaged areas. It will be easier for you to get the job done if you start working on the areas that are already damaged. Use the excavator and work on the cracked asphalt first. Tear away as much as you can with the excavator. You can further make the pieces smaller by smashing them. After a while, you will find it easy to do.
- Remove the small pieces. Use the front loader to be able to eliminate the pieces of asphalt from the area. You can opt to work without a front loader and do this by hand but it will take you a longer time and it requires more effort. Use your shovel to get rid of the pieces of asphalt in areas where the front loader is difficult to maneuver. This can be beside walls, gates or fences.
- Dispose the old asphalt. Gather all the old asphalt that you have removed and place them in the dump truck. You should know where to properly dispose these. There may be recycling services in your area and they will be glad to take in your old asphalt.
These are the steps on how you can remove your old asphalt driveway by yourself. The steps are quite easy. You just have to be sure to plan your activity ahead as this can take some time, depending on the size of your asphalt driveway. While you are working, remember to drink lots of water to avoid being dehydrated. It is best to choose to work during the days that are not so hot.