Tools Needed for DIY Asphalt Driveway Repair

Asphalt driveway repair will prolong both the appearance and life of your driveway. You will need a few common household tools and some prefabricated materials to make the repairs. Here's how.

Filling Small Asphalt Cracks

For asphalt cracks less than ½ inch wide, apply a rubberized asphalt crack filler with a caulking gun. Use a putty knife to smooth the filler and to scrape any excess from the asphalt. 

Filling Wide Asphalt Cracks and Potholes

Use a shovel to apply cold-patch blacktop to fill in the damaged area. Level the blacktop with the back of a metal rake. Compact the blacktop with a tamper. Tampers can be rented from most hardware rental shops. Add more blacktop if necessary, until the area is somewhat overfilled. Place some scrap plywood over the repaired area. Drive you car over the plywood to compact the material even further. 

Sealing Asphalt

Rinse the asphalt using the spray nozzle of a garden hose. Use an acrylic asphalt sealer. Carefully pour the sealer in a 1-foot wide stream across the width of the surface at one end of the asphalt. Use the push brush to spread the sealer to a 4-foot wide layer. Continue the process, along the surface until all of the asphalt has been sealed.