I would like to seal my driveway before next winter but there is no way
I can lift a 5 gallon container of the stuff. I am wondering if anyone
here knows where I can obtain driveway sealant in smaller containers,
probably 2 gallons max., as the most I should be lifting is 30 pounds?
I realize I'll pay more for the same quantity in smaller containers, but
it's still much cheaper than back surgery.
Note that I'm located in southern NH.
Thanks for your help.
Larry, if you're too weak to lift the containers, you're going to
collapse on the job. Head for the gym. Weight training works wonders.
I lifted in my teens which carried me into my 50s when I started again.
I got much stronger the second time. Now I'm maintaining with running and
swimming in my late 60s.
Lifting a few 5 gallon containers, no problem, bring it on.
Good on you, mate! (As the Aussies would say) Glad to hear you're an
in-shape senior. Please don't take this as a slam, just a reminder that
there are some people beyond weight training.
Since my wife works with disabled vets when I hear of a "lifting limit" like
the OP stated I think spinal cord injury. Lots of people with rods, screws
or other medical hardware in their back are extremely limited in what they
can lift. Anything they carry puts that weight directly on the spine unless
a special back brace is worn that redistributes the load to the hips. Not
knowing the OP's medical condition, I would be hesitant to venture any more
advice than what he asked for:
Well, I felt someone should say it.
If the OP doesn't have any medical conditions and isn't really old,
the message is, you're never too old to get yourself in shape.
I believe we're talking about less than 50 pounds.
That's unknown to us and his mention of specific lifting limit tells me that
a doctor prescribed that limitation. People *usually* don't conjur up a
specific "load limit" on their own.
Jim Fixx found out otherwise. Lots of seniors get into trouble deciding to
begin exercising without medical advice. But the advice is good advice in
general since so many seniors are overweight and out-of-shape. Hey, I
thought you were a 30 year old "kid" so you must be doing something right!
I'm in my 70s and can easily lift 200 lbs but my back is iffy and could
go out if I do something at a bad angle.
One year, doing the same job I just called over a son to help. He
poured. I spread.
Then I got asphalt drive resurfaced and hired the installer to seal it
for $300. Figured at time, it would have cost me maybe $125 for sealant.
His job was adequate but not as good as expected so I redid it myself
with no help 2 years later.
Like I said, back can go in and out. My younger brother is seeing a
surgeon about his next week. I would not discount OT's comments.
Wow, so many people upset.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm surrounded by people that
won't exercise and are proud of it. They have something hard to do like
mow their lawn and they hire someone to do it.
Yes, the OP may very well have a medical condition. He didn't say.
If he does, then he knows that he should follow a doctors advice,
not some random person on the internet.
Take my advice or ignore it. I'm just here to tell _some_ of you,
you don't have to get weaker as you get older. I'm a normal sized
person (5' 9") getting on in years and I can lift 5 gallon buckets
and more. I could probably dead lift 200 lbs like another poster
but I'm guessing that would be close to my limit.
There is nothing more important than saying healthy.
I think doing hard work is an essential part of life and being healthy.
I don't have to, I program computers for a living but I seek out
hard jobs and enjoy getting dog tired.
I heartily recommend hard work, and my guess is I'm not alone
Never saw it in smaller containers. Since you are prepared to pay
more, why not pay for help? Teenaged boy neighbor can load them, then
unload them and space them out in the driveway for you.
Cut costs even more if the store will load them for you.
If you want to drive down to Worcester, there is a local Sealmaster office that
may sell you sealant in any quanty you care to purchase. For best results it
needs to go on heated though - may be too far to drive. You can also rent a tank
trailer from them - no lifting required, although I'd suggest that if lifting
more than 2 pounds is a problem, you may not be up to spreading gallons around a
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