Anyone have any ideas how to fix a dirt road?

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    annvansposted 8 years ago

    I am looking for a cheap way to fix a washed out dirt road that has natural springs coming up in it.  Is there any way to fix this cheap?  Any ideas for a homemade bridge etc..?

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    annvansposted 8 years ago

    No suggestions?  hmmm.

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    BrianFanslauposted 8 years ago

    We used a weird Iron frame I think it is called a grader but I'm pretty sure I've messed up the true spelling of the object. It would be dragged over the road and it would smooth out most of the pot hole but you still need to use a shovel and fill in the deep ones with gravel and some gritty sand.

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      annvansposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Well, this road is wet with natural springs, we are looking for a cheap bridge or covering to put on it so we can drive on it without driving on mud

  4. earnestshub profile image88
    earnestshubposted 8 years ago

    Buy an old 5 tonne four post car hoist. The rails can be used as a bridge, and they are strong enough to take 8 ton. When they have hydraulic problems they are only worth scrap metal price of maybe 1 or 2 hundred dollars! I used to sell them all the time to farmers for creek crossings etc.

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      annvansposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Hey, you may be a genius!  Where can ya get em?

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        earnestshubposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Go to an automotive workshop machinery place, (Some large tool shops have workshop equipment and ask them for a non working one, that is traded or ask them to ring you when they get one, or go to an automotive  workshop that is getting a new one and buy the old one off the floor. You also see them advertised in trading post type mags.If you keep your eyes open you will sometimes see them laying out the back, because they could not get even $100 bucks trade in. I sold them out of my own business for some years, so they are out there.

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          annvansposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks for the info, thanks so much.  Maybe I can get 4 of them since we need a long bridge.

          1. earnestshub profile image88
            earnestshubposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            the Length of a span is about 14-16 foot. If you weld a few together keep some of the other parts to build the support. Each span alone will carry 5 to 8 ton, but if you are going to make it long, you will need some support. The rest of the hoist can be used for this.The best steel is in the very old Ravaglioli,(Italy) Nisselco,(Japan)Bishamon or American BendPack. Any of these will exceed their listed weight capacity by several ton. All the brands listed were sold in most countries.

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              annvansposted 8 years agoin reply to this

              We had thought of something like that, but ramps and things are expensive.  This mucky road is annoying.  We may have to get a front end loader and fix it, then put those rails down to drive over.

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    earnestshubposted 8 years ago

    You could just lay them on the track, with so much surface area they will put very little weight on the road.

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    annvansposted 8 years ago

    Yeah, you are smart.  Thanks for the help.  I am going to mention this to the family and see what they think about it.  I almost wish I had a huge plastic cover to cover the road with and not have to worry about it.  I know ya cant do that though.

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    earnestshubposted 8 years ago

    Just a thought. If you could find a big workshop with a lot of hoists, they may have more than one old one laying around.

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    earnestshubposted 8 years ago

    Another thought. If you send me a pic of the road, I may have some other ideas. Spent a lot of time putting in roads in the bush, so have some more uncommon experience to call on and your welcome to it.

 
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