How to Repair an Asphalt Pothole | Ask This Old House

Ask This Old House landscaping contractor Roger Cook teaches a homeowner how to fill a pothole in an asphalt driveway to make it safe. (See below for a shopping list, tools, and steps.)
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Shopping List for How to Repair an Asphalt Pothole:
- 4 bags of paver base [] (more or less depending on depth of hole)
- 2 bags of 50-lb commercial-grade blacktop repair [], used to seal hole

Tools for How to Repair an Asphalt Pothole:
Shovel [], used to dig out excess debris
Steel tamper [], used to compact stone dust, aggregate, and blacktop repair
Wet saw [], used to cut asphalt
Hose [], used for water flow to wet saw

Steps for How to Repair an Asphalt Pothole:
1. Use a shovel to dig out the excess rock, dirt, and other debris until you reach subsoil.
2. Use paver base to fill in the hole, compacting it with the tamper every 2 to 4 inches until you’re within 2 inches of finished grade.
3. Cut the edges around the rough hole to make a cleaner surface, using a wet saw with a diamond blade.
4. Dig out any remaining excess of rock, dirt, and debris.
5. Use a high-performance blacktop repair, which is a mix of stone and asphalt binder to fill in the hole.
6. Put it down in 1.5-inch-thick layers and smooth it out.
7. Compact each layer until the patch meets the edges.
8. Let it sit 3 to 4 weeks before making any turns on it with a car.

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How to Repair an Asphalt Pothole | Ask This Old House
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Albino Nig
Want to know how my city repairs potholes?

One Easy Step... They Don't!
Breen Whitman
I enjoyed the diagnosis of why this pothole occurred.
Dennis Fox
"Dis packs HAD AS A RACK".
Jack Mcslay
These two did a better job than official road repair crews would, that is they actualy took the trouble of campacting the base underneath instead of just cutiing off the asphalt and dump another one just to see it crack in the same spot just months afterwards
Come on lady get some dirt on that shovel.
Fidelity Vital
she was really putting in some work😂😂😂
Ryan Winter
OMG, that circular saw near the power cord at 4:20 was freaking me out!
Faisal Malik
Y the hell is this acoount and its videos so addictive 😣
You can paaahk a caaah on it!
Put a bag of concrete in, wet it, finish, paint black when dry.
Matt Thomas
I swear every city road crew filling pot holes I've witnessed. They just dump a few shovel full of asphalt and to tamp it down they smack it with the shovel. That's how I thought potholes were fixed. I had no idea there's a correct way to properly fill the hole.
Usually potholes are caused by water freezing and thawing and penetrating in to the pavement and finally popping out a pothole.
Boe Dillard
Leather, wood and a metal strap - I think it was a pirate holding a treasure chest.
Forget about the asphalt patch, I want to know more about the dry well and all those pipes.
is there anything he can't fix?
Chris R
81 archeologists got jealous and disliked the video
ProBroTips TV
2:22 this man is a drug dealer 😂he's got that pack and it's hot 🔥
Walter White
Why is this so relaxing to watch ?
West tv
thank you fort the videos good job guys
Bahadir AKCAM
My this is how my TOH show became an Indiana Jones movie ;) It would be fun to find some ancient gold in that old wooden barrel.
kiking kiking
Do you have to wait that long to seal coat? Or you can seal coat driveway right away after repair?
Black Lanner
Forwarding this video to Caltrans every morning.
darius jones
City of Houston take notes
Jordan Robertson
Anyone ever tell them about a post hole digger?
James Burton
Wow that's deep!!
Dale Gauthier
Can we create a kickstarter and buy this guy a gas demo saw?
Seanie B
if it were me, i wud backfill the same crap that came out of the hole back in,compact it in layers and finish with the asphalt
future shock
the most beautiful pothole ever
Put a cover on it lol
Milton Negron
Excellent video
More how to
Can you come to my house next
Aunt Melisa
I’ve seen potholes bigger on the highway here in Minnesota.
Cecil Henry
Wow, well done, but that was a lot more work than it initially appeared to be.
DJ Edan Scales
Hey can you make o video on how to use an edger
Oldmankc -officiall
In 4:24 it looks like bugs
Tyrell Shaver
Anyone else notice the girls hard work ethic 😂😂😂
Cold patch is temporary
micky pitt
A wock or a pateo
Shawn Afshar
great demonstration i learned a ton
Zaxaris Petixos
2:22 can i have a pack of pack?
M Sizzle11
can't you just heat it up with a torch?
The black stuff he put at the end looks so satisfying
Dicky Ball
PENDOT and PA Commonwealth municipalities need to learn this procedure.
Zaid Alabosy
Must put prime coat after asphalt
Keith Lauer
This old House needs to come to Philadelphia and teach them how to fix roads they don't know how to
L Rodriguez
wait did he cut right by the cord ?
Daniel Brotherston
If it was a dry well, why no need to repair and replace the well.
Looks like y’all skipped the locating step
no name
I cant see the other person
Dustin Lamb
She was digging in the hole like it was going to swallow her up
Linda Peverall
The shovel is bigger than she is
Lynn Dragoman
Cold patch never poors out of the bag like it does in these videos. it gets compressed from being stacked making it difficult to work with
Matthew Valadez
A Michigan pothole lol
Steel Here
This is the first time I've seen a black person on this show.
Marcel Tartan
He's the brain , she's the muscle .Ha ha !!!!!
Jason Brooks
Pack is just crushed stone right?
Jack Price
Someone teach her how to use a shovel
Sean Goodwin
what is that stuff that he fills the hole with?
3:57: Where do I buy a wet saw like this? edit: On the second view, it looks like it's just a circular saw with a water hose ghetto rigged to it?
Didier Morin-Laprise
That is an ugly backyard. Please throw some green in it please !
kamal tr
In my country they put a layer of crushed granite before pouring down the asphalt. Maybe thats why i dont see that kind of pothole around
Joseepee J
You Sr. are a great guy.
Asphalt Maintenance Group
uh, no....
Where do I throw all that dug up dirt?
~ S.m.O
hole digger
DJ Edan Scales
Great vid
She can get it..............pardon me thinking out loud
Veni Vidi Vici
For the comments or people asking why TOH says *Home center*. The answer is very simple, to avoid copyright and getting a strike on YouTube. I seriously wish that they can get some legality and say Home Depot or Lowe's. Home center seems very dull to the script and confuse the viewers.
Christian Whited
Why is her back yard just asphalt?
Your giving people wrong information buddy
Matt Seymour
Can you use a normal diamond blade for cutting stone or does it have to be a special one for cutting ashfelt?
What happened to roger around 13-14'? He seemed to have lost a lot of energy and spunk to his segments. Did he have a health scare?
Nick Blahut
She takes the littlest shovels of dirt I’ve ever seen
Carlo Calore
Tombini a livelloooo!
Kyle Fowler
i want to know where you buy "pack". In the video he has a bag of the stuff however Home Depot or Lowe's dont seem to have anything like it. I noticed that the bag is unlabeled. I did a little research and found that I believe some people call it "hard pack" but still couldn't find the product.
javier josefides
Why you guys always have women in your videos? Are you trying to incentivize women to work in construction?
Anyone want to bet she doesn't sealcoat the entire driveway like Roger said? She cares about insurance claims not making the place look pretty
hussein kemal
"2 inches, perfect"
Ariel Vo
Don't you know this could land yourself a citation from city planner
Mathieu Morin
OMG 4:09 almost cuts the power cord
Best name eva
Right at 1:19 they blur the piece of wood for a few seconds.
Alvin Aditya
finally a black guy appeared
I like this lady. She seems laid back and stylish.
Moon Pie
Hole was 2 feet deep, fill the bottom 1/2 with sharp gravel like in road construction, then use the stone dust.
Do it when it's hot out and the cold patch will work much better.
If you want a really good job, do it on a really hot, sunny day and use a vibrating plate compactor like the pros do.
... Or fill just with some gravel then concrete.
Ginga Tetsudō Surī Nain
She won’t seal coat the entire thing. She doesn’t care. It’s probably still a black spot on that driveway today
Alexander Romeo
I don't have a diamond blade circular saw that disperses water while I cut into pavement.
Barry Manilowa
Boston is really an ugly and depressing city. I can never understand why people would live there.
MelAndre AndreMel
I like her butt
First off your supposed to have stone base, and then hot asphalt no coldpatch
Dre Slicc
She did mostly all the work lol
edgar araiza
ain't they paying him for doing that. Then the women helping him ? Humm
Robert Swift
wouldnt it be easier to just dump 2 bags of quick crete,level it and add water? seem quicker than all that work to me
Motley Stew
4:34 close your eyes and listen
"..nice and even all the way through .. we can't do anything until it's nice and wet.."
Giggidy giggidy..
4:33 Wait, that's a clean edge?
I would never hire this guy, he makes you all 75% The work then you still have to pay him??! No site. I've seen the other video where he slaved that old lady to work.
Brian Patton
Dig out all the asphalt parking lot, remove all crap dirt haul in 30 tons of 304. Re pave. People talk crap that she might not seal coat it, maybe she can’t afford it who knows .
Russell Briscoe
Cant believe your using water with electric tools , not forgetting pushing the tool towards its own flex cable ...!