This is different sort of problem for me.
Our HOA contracted with a company for it to do three things.
Number 2 is "Asphalt Repairs [in roadway in front of 8 townhouses] -
Escavate approximately 307 square yards of failed pavement to an 4"
average. Fine grade and compact. Haul all debris off site. Install
approximately 307 square yards with a 4" average of bituminous
asphalt; roll to compact." $8,826.00
The problem is that I watched and they only removed 1 inch or mayybe
inch and a quarter, instead of the 4" it says.
Would anyone in this situation remove 4" in this situation? Or is
this clearly a typo, even though it appears twice?
Is one to 1 1/4 inches enough to have a decent job?
I haven't driven over this yet, but a friend tells me it is very
bumpy, even in his Lincoln Town car. They had a mini "steam" roller
there, but I didn't watch that part.
WHAT ABOUT "Fine grade and compact"? Does that mean they were supposed
to add some fine gravel, and then grade and compact it? Again I
didn't watch that part, but I don't see how there could be room for
any gravel with only an inch removed.
Or does it mean they were to "fine grade" it, and what would that be.
What would compacting be, if no new material was put down? The old
material was already compaceted, I think, by years of our driving on
They used one big machine to remove a five-foot wide swath of asphalt
and run it up a long conveyor belt attached to the machine, into a
dump truck, that moved ahead as the machine moved ahead. They only
had one dump truck and did the whole area while only filling it once.
The machine had a big flat almost vertical door on the back, 3 foot
tall and as wide as the machine, except for an inch on each side, that
lifted up a couple inches when they were done with a section, and
lowered when they started again. Given the height of the door and the
do-it-all nature of the machine, I'm pretty sure the machine could
have done 4 inches if it had been set for that.
They had five machines, the big one above, the dump truck, a
mini-roller, a front loader with a big horizontal scoop which I think
they used for debris, and a big pickup with lots of tool cabinets in
back, which also pullled the compressor which they used to run the
jack hammer to remove a small section of blacktop the big machine
couldn't reach. They had a driver for each machine and about two
laborers, who shovelled or swept.
Hmmm. In some universe they could have used the jack hammer to remove
another 3 inches from the big area, but they didn't do that, did they?
Why would they when they had that big machine, and if it couldn't do 4
inches in one pass, it could do it in two or three?
(They also appear to have done item 3, the "striping", not according
to what was wanted. We only wanted squares on the side of the curb.
That's another topic, but it also raises the question of Are they able
to follow their own contract? I also don't think the area they did
was 307 sq. yds, more like 200, but I need to check the whole n'hood,
tomorrow, if there are other parts.))
Thanks for any help.