A relative has about 80m² of gravelled areas around their house. Over
the years, the gravel has become very muddy, and is now coverered with
Is there a cost effective way of washing gravel? I've tried putting it
in a handheld steel sieve sloshing it around in wheelbarrow of water,
but that was very slow, and generated large quantities of muddy water.
I suppose I could just put a membrane on top of it, followed by more
gravel, but I'd like to re-use the existing stuff.
You don't need to wash it. Simply use a sieve with a mesh size slightly
smaller than the gravel and sieve the dirt out. It is time consuming and
you will end up with a surprisingly large pile of dirt, but it works.
somewhere like machine mart sold a rotary sieve thingy, something stupid
like 200 squids, and something that could possibly be knocked up fairly
It was a cylinder of mesh, i think it had a metal spider at one end, to
which it attached to the frame via a bearing, a motor to the side drove it
around like a cement mixer, cylinder on an incline... bung a shovel full of
mixed crap in the open end, it's rotated around and the muck drops thru the
mesh into a barrow below, and the good stuff falls out the back in a
Wonder if someone could make up a sieve barrel or a cement mixer, just pop
the cement mixing barrel off, pop the sieve cylinder on, away you go.
Possibly easier to make a long chute with a mesh base and send the
gravel down that. For most people, probably easier to store for next
time too. It is a job that needs to be done every few years.
The problem is wind-blown dirt, which only washes down to the weed
control membrane, where it makes a nice base for weeds to grow in. Once
every few years you need to remove that dirt, or you may as well not
have a membrane.
and its also dirt that comes off car tyres as well.
I've got 3"+ of limestone and 2" of gravel on tyop, and ten years on its
full of mud and decayed organic material.
path clear sorts the weeds out.
every ten years or so it needs more gravel on top. As the cars grind the
sub base deeper into the subsoil
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On Monday, July 1, 2013 10:13:49 AM UTC+1, Huge wrote:
e rain would wash it eventually assuming the crap had been raked out of it,
and its going to need raked to get it level anyway.
Yes. My experience of them was poor. Gravel accumulating on the outside of
the bend etc because 'kids' dont slow down. Tried snow blade on Westwood to
level it. Waste of time. Gave up and had it tarmacadamed. Haven't looked b
I do prefer the appearance of gravel but it was too much trouble.
Never had trouble with dirt on it though did have to replace gravel every s
I found weed suppressing membrane a wast of time. Weeds will grow anywhere.
After a short period of time sufficient dust builds up on the mambrane to g
ive weed some purchase.
Many years ago neighbour followed advice from website as to depths and type
s of different gravel to use for a 'good' job. Can't remember the figures b
ut his car sank 3" into it the first time he drove over it. Somebody goofed
On Tuesday, July 2, 2013 6:57:11 PM UTC+1, Rick Hughes wrote:
Round here they just erect a mesh screen @ 45 degrees to vertical and throw
the top soil at it. Suitable container behind to cart it away is handy. As
these screens are light they are easily moved to where the soil is. Not pe
rfect but cheap. Mind you I'd prefer what you had.
Bung it in a concrete mixer for a few rotations? Pour out through a
suitably sized sieve, over a container for the water (barrel?) bucket
some of the water back from the barrel to the mixer and add a bucket
of clean. Excess water will overflow and drain away.
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