Saw a number of pea gravel paths where the pea gravel seems to be bound
together with clear epoxy in a freeze environment. Anyone have
experience with this in a freeze environment? Thickness? Type of epoxy
used? How applied?
around here they sometimes lay a asphalt path or even driveway, let it
harden a week, then spread a layer of heated asphalt on the hardened
asphalt cover with gravel, and roll.....
it does a nice job, and is taxed at the gravel unpaved driveway price,
rather than the driveway price
pittsburgh pa has different tax rates for gravel, asphalt, and the
highest is concrete, they actually had someone come around and measure
all surfaces as part of a reassement.....
a buddy of mine layed paving stones to replace a concrete walk to save
tax money after he found pavers are considered temporary and as such
a home worth a hundred grand pays over 3 grand in property taxes
our old govenor rendell pushed for casino gambling claiming it would
end property taxes, all that got us were gambling troubles and a
couple hudred bucks less in property taxes a year
many people are letting their homes rot with little maintence, either
they cant afford to maintain them, or do it to decrease property
If you work hard and make your home look nicer, the government punishes
you with increased property taxes.
If you're a fat lazy obamacrat, the government will reward you with a
check every month.
Kinda stupid to run down the value of your property just to save
taxes - but then again if you can buy a house for $100G I guess you
can't reduce the property value much. A friend just bought a house on
a nice sized lot in Zephyr Hills Florida for 14 thousand. Nothing
much liveable up here for under $200G.
Friend bought a new home in Chester County, PA a couple of years ago and
said tax assessment was much higher than it should be. His settlement
attorney, without prompting sent him a letter saying he knew about the
high taxes and would have it adjusted to where it should be for the
extra cost of one years tax assessment. If this does not sound like a
scam between the local government and lawyers, I don't know what is.
Friend did the paperwork himself and saved lawyer fee.
No, just the lawyers capitalizing on government bureaucracy.
Our house was a foreclosure so the purchase price was really low.
State law says the value is what was paid, so the county had to reduce
the assessment to the purchase price. Unfortunately, they can raise
it the second year to its "market" value. All we had to do is show up
at the assessors office and make an application (they looked up all
the necessary information). We were there getting license tags anyway
(next office in the same building) so it took all of five minutes. It
was a pretty significant drop (assessment went from $360K to $210K and
will probably go to $250-260K next year).
the method has different names in different cites.
see 'Pebble Deck Epoxy - Repairing Recoating Resealing Creating Options'
for how to, details, etc. They need recoating every few years
It's called "exposed aggregate concrete" - normal concrete base with
pea gravel in a grout layer on top. When the grout is almost cured it
is broomed, and then it is pressure washed and (usually) acid cleaned
before being sealed.. Makes a real nice driveway that stands up well
to freeze-thaw cycles.
On Tue, 25 Dec 2012 16:53:42 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
This stuff was all the rage in the 80s but I don't know anyone who
still has it.
Eventually they get tired of screwing with the maintenance or it
starts chipping out so bad it is unfixable so people go back with
I went with quartzite flagstone and never looked back.
Any epoxy will work. There are very few manufacturer's of epoxy, many that
buy it in bulk and package it with their own label.
What you are talking about is called epoxy gravel, sometimes Chattahoochee
rock. It used to be popular for decks and around swimming pools. I don't
think it is (popular) any more.
I've seen it in thin (1/2" layers) over concrete and thick (2-3") over the
same. Generally in thin layers due to the high cost of epoxy. Regardless
of thickness, it is very porous.
It looks good for a while but then pebbles get loose and you soon have bare
spots. You would be better off embedding gravel in concrete.
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