We've kept up with them Joneses! Tuesday, July 21st

I think the entire Hansen Bros crew from yesterday showed up around 7 this morning, but we may have been one guy short ... I didn't count.  Again, coffee cups in hand, Jimmy and I were ready.  In five hours yesterday, they finished repairing and replacing and filling cracks.  Today would be asphalt sealing, and this only took approx one hour.  Sealing protects from weather-related damage.  From start to finish, we liked the work these guys did -- professional, courteous, and hard workers.  Day One is directly below this post, or click here.

Day Two:

I didn't know that sealant wasn't applied to concrete, like the pad directly in front of our garage.  The fellow above is taping between asphalt and concrete, kind of like taping the ceiling when you don't want paint on it. Similarly, he used a brush to apply asphalt sealant to the areas abutting the tape.

Gotta clean near the edges!  Jimmy thinks he needs one of these power brush cleaners.  I don't think so!

Power brushing, taping, and blowing debris off the driveway ... lots involved.

Here comes the "black gunk."

I asked if this was a petroleum-based product.  The worker I asked didn't know exactly what was in this thick, gooey gunk, tho sand was one ingredient.  He did say petroleum is no longer used in asphalt sealant, at least not in California.  Thank goodness.  I wouldn't want to step in it, not one bit ... bet those shoes aren't allowed in the house!  Stuff looks like what washes up on beaches in an "oil spill."

The stuff didn't smell too bad, altho after a while, I decided it didn't smell too good, either.

You know, there is an art to everything.  He took great care with his work.

Quite a difference between before and after.

Oh my gosh, a man is trapped on an island!  Pretty, isn't it, in an asphalt sort of way?

Right up to the road, and straight as a razor.

The job is complete, right up to yellow caution tape across the driveway entrance (don't tread on me).  We can drive on it in 24 hours.  So, we'll be ready if/when rains begin.  El NiƱo is forecast to rule our weather this winter, meaning wet months, which will help stick a sock in the West's ongoing, destructive drought.  Our rain diverter isn't easy to spot anymore, now that our drive is all one color. I'm still wishing for a fluorescent pink or green or yellow stripe across the top of it.  IF that happens, I'll be sure to post a photo, but don't hold your breath!


  1. Those guys sure seemed professional, cleaning up and all. Looks like a job well done.


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