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Meet Jane Evans

During college, I lived in a small, old house. My roommates and I loved it's cozy charm and, for the most part, didn't have any problems. However, one day, we noticed that the carpet in one of the bedrooms was wet--and it couldn't be dried. When we called our landlady and the repairman, they discovered that the shower not only needed to be re-caulked, but there was mold everywhere under the carpet. We had to move out for two weeks while they fixed the problem. Soon, thanks to the contractor (the likes of whom you can read about), we were back at home.


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How To Build A Gravel Driveway On A Slope

Many homes (particularly in rural areas) make use of gravel for their driveways. Gravel (obtained from professionals such as Caddo Paving) provides an inexpensive, attractive and relatively simple solution for quickly creating a driveway leading to your home. However, if your driveway is going to be located on a slope, this presents a number of problems when using gravel. Gravel driveways on a slope are more prone to damage caused by traffic, mud or erosion. Runoff from poorly designed gravel driveways can clog your drainage ditches. If you still want to use gravel on a slope, the solution is to avoid aggregate that has smooth, rounded edges. Instead, you want to choose gravel that has sharp edges that will cling together to form a more stable surface. The following will show you how to use this material to create a gravel driveway on a slope.

What You Will Need

  • Work Gloves

  • Shovel

  • Landscaping Fabric

  • Rake

  • Mechanical Roller

  • Baseball-sized Crushed Stone

  • Ping-Pong-Ball-Sized Stone

  • Small Gravel

Step 1. Use a shovel to build ditches on either side of the driveway in order to drain water away. Also use a shovel to make sure that the middle of the driveway will be higher so that the driveway has a camber and water will drain into the ditches. When a gravel driveway is being constructed on a slope, it's important that it be built on hard, compacted earth. If you start off with soggy, soft ground, this will be a very poor foundation for your driveway.

Step 2. Since you want to keep the dirt and gravel separate, cover the dirt driveway with sturdy landscaping fabric. Depending on the length of your driveway, this may require a lot of fabric. If the slope is only on part of your driveway, you may prefer to just use the fabric in that area.

Step 3. Now add a layer of baseball-sized crushed stone along your driveway. This layer should be 6-8 inches thick. Use a heavy-duty rake to smooth it out. Then use a mechanical roller to compact it so you have as uniform and solid a surface as possible.

Step 4. Now add a layer of ping-pong-ball-sized stone to your driveway. Use the rake to smooth it out, and then follow-up with the mechanical roller to compact it.

Step 5. Finish off by applying a 4-inch layer of small gravel along the length of the driveway. Smooth and compact this layer as well.