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How to Repair Asphalt Driveway Cracks & Holes

The methods used to repair asphalt driveway cracks and holes depend upon the nature of the problem.

To repair asphalt driveway cracks:

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For cracks, have asphalt repair compound, a weeding tool, gloves, and a broom.

1Sweep loose dirt and debris out of the crack. Then, using a caulking gun, apply a compound formulated for asphalt repair according to the label directions.

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Clean and fill small cracks with asphalt repair compound  in a caulking gun.




2Then press the repair compound deeply into the groove with an old putty knife.


As an alternative, you can ask at your home improvement center whether it carries a self-adhesive polypropylene rubberized fabric, sold in rolled strips, that you just cut, peel, and stick over a crack or small hole.


To repair asphalt driveway holes:

Allow the bag of asphalt repair compound to warm in the sun.

To repair asphalt driveway holes and large cracks, sweep or suction out dirt using a shop vacuum, and then fill in the gaps with cold-process asphalt-repair compound that is sold in large, 60-pound plastic bags. Before you begin the repair work, lay the bag down in direct sunlight if possible to allow it warm.


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Sweep out loose gravel and dirt.


1Use a broom or stiff brush to sweep out the cracks. If you have a shop vacuum, use it to vacuum up loose dirt and debris.

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Coat the hole with asphalt emulsion.




2Coat the surface of the hole with asphalt emulsion repair compound.

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Using a shovel, fill the hole with cold-process asphalt repair compound.



3Use a bagged cold-process asphalt repair mix to patch holes and large cracks.

Following the directions on the label break the bag open and fill the hole, slightly mounding the compound.

Then tamp the mix solidly into the hole.



Don Vandervort shows you how to fix asphalt driveway cracks and potholes in this video:

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About Don Vandervort
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Don Vandervort developed his expertise more than 30 years ago as Building Editor for both Sunset Books and Home Magazine. He has written more than 30 home improvement books and countless magazine articles. He appeared regularly on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert. Don founded HomeTips in 1996.

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