Repairing Asphalt
As with concrete, clean cracks of plants and debris, hose them clean and spray them with weed killer. Then do your patching when temperatures are at least 60°F so the repair material will cure. Fill 1/2-in. cracks with sand to within 1/4 in. of the surface, then add an asphalt filler, such as Quikrete's Blacktop Repair ($2 a quart) or UGL's Driveway Crack Filler ($3 a tube). An alternative is Dalton's Pli-Stix, a ropelike crack and joint sealer you melt in place with a torch.

For holes 1 to 2 in. wide, use Dalton's Tamp & Set Patch ($9 for 3 1/2 gal.) or Trowel & Spread Patch ($6 per gallon). You can also mix sand and blacktop sealer until stiff and apply it with a trowel. Wear gloves and use mineral spirits for cleanup. For deeper holes, pour in gravel to within 4 in. of the surface, then trowel in Dalton's Super Patch ($7 per gallon). Or, shovel in cold-patch asphalt in 1-in. layers, packing each firmly as you go with the end of a 4X4 or the head of sledgehammer.

Finish by sealing your asphalt driveway after patching and every other year thereafter. A 5-gal. pail of sealer ($9 to $16) will cover around 300 sq. ft.

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