How I Avoided Cowboy Tarmac Companies: A Case Study

There are many good professional companies laying driveways today but there are cowboys, too, and a man in Dorset has managed to winkle out these rogue traders on both occasions that they have visited his home. Lucky Strike “The first time was more luck than judgement,” said Mark Paterson*. “I …

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We Rejuvenated Gravel for Use in the Garden: Case Study

Faced with a growing weed problem in the gravelled section of the garden of his rented property, David Enstone* was looking for ways around the problem that didn’t involve spending huge amounts of money. The Plan and the Reasoning “It’s not that I resent spending money, it’s just that we …

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Laying a Steeply Sloping Driveway: A Case Study

In the mining valleys of South Wales it’s no surprise that laying driveways can be a bit tricky. Add in a bit of rain, wind and snow and you’ll find yourself spending more time holding up your driveway than covering it. Challenging slopes and rock Much of the housing stock …

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The Automatic Block Paving Machine: A Case Study

Who would have thought that we would be writing a story about a machine that lays roads almost on its own? Certainly not anyone in the Driveway Expert office, who thought that was still in the realms of science fiction. But a Dutch company has gone ahead and made one, …

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Our Driveway Contractor Misery: A Case Study

Much of the advice on this site is about how to find reputable contractors to do driveways and agree the work that needs to be done (see Using Professionals For Work On Your Driveway. But with the best will in the world, people can still find themselves with a problem drive, …

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Gravel Drives: What Not to Do! Case Study

Gravel is quick to lay and very popular. While it’s not the cheapest form of driveway material, at least for longer drives, the cost advantage isn’t that great on an ordinary domestic driveway, at least initially. In fact the cost difference is minimal and easily outweighed by the ease of …

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Rigid Construction for Block Paving

Block paving, the sort that’s made from smaller, traditional-sized blocks rather than the larger flagstone sized blocks, is usually laid in one of two ways, rigid or flexible. In the past, when roads and streets were made this way in many parts of the United Kingdom, the laying method would …

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