Sidney Dumping Stone
The last time the concrete truck came to pour for the greenhouse foundation he mired a little bit on the upper ramp of the driveway that we use for turning around big trucks so I ordered a load of crushed stone (2.5″ minus) to firm up the driveway. Over that last several years we’ve gradually added quite a few loads of stone to the driveway. On the worst places we used the junk granite from the local quarries and stone cutters. On top of that went a bed of 4″ stone which we topped off with 2.5″ minus and 1.5″ minus. I topped that with gravel dirt from our place.
The minus means stones that are up to that size and smaller. By that size, it means they can fit through a grating at some angle. This means that in 4″ stone you may well get some that are 8″ long but none have greater than 4″ on their smallest dimension.
The large granite chunks sets the form of the road bed but are too rough and sharp for the wheels of vehicles. The 4″ fills in the gaps of the granite and won’t wash away in a heavy storm but even the 4″ is rough to walk and drive on. Plowing’s a pain until the snow builds up.
The smaller 2.5″ and 1.5″ minus stone provide a grippy road surface, something we need on our hill. With just them we could get wash outs during bad rain storms but the 4″ prevents that. We also have water bars, ditches, crown and tilt to the road to keep the water where I want it and not digging out the roadway.
By adding the loads of stone and dirt gradually over a period of years we’ve had a chance to spread out the cost (about $250/load for 12 tons) and the driveway has gotten well packed between each load from the deliveries of whey. If we had tried to do it all at once it would have been a much bigger bite into our pockets as well as more difficult to get so well packed. Hidden benefits of going slowly.
Outdoors: 16°F/12°F Partially Sunny, Somewhat windy, 1/2″ Snow
Farm House: 53°F/42°F Insulated Whey Tank Valves, 2 round bales out
Tiny Cottage: 59°F/65°F