Used Pavers For Sale
If you find yourself, or your construction business, constantly laying asphalt for your clients you may want to think about picking up one of the used pavers for sale. Buying the paver machine in used condition will help you keep costs down, while still making sure that you have the machine ready whenever it comes time to perform another project. Using these machines also makes it incredibly easy for you to finish the asphalt work much sooner than if you were depending on your employees to perform the back breaking work that is associated with these types of projects. Before you purchase a used paver for sale, though, you are going to want to make sure that you know how to use it properly, to avoid damaging the machine or causing harm to any of your employees that are operating it.
Step #1: Prepare The Materials You’re Going To Need – In order to stay safe while you are working with asphalt, you are going to want to make sure that you have a respirator or breathing mask and apparatus available, because of the noxious chemicals that are produced by this material. You will also want to make sure that you are wearing thick jeans, work boots, heavy gloves, and either overalls, or a thick flannel overshirt to protect your skin. Asphalt is incredibly hot and can burn you very easily because of the way that it splatters when it is applied.
Step #2: Understand The Owners Manual – Now, before you begin working on the project, you will want to make sure that you have gone over the owners manual and that you, and your employees understand what they are doing when they are working with the machine. It is easy for your workers to get burned or become seriously injured if they fail to operate the equipment properly. Have a safety meeting before you begin working on the project to make sure that everyone is on the same page, and understands exactly what they are doing. Make sure that they know to ask questions if they have any doubts while working with the paver.
Step #3: Plan For The Amount Of Traffic – Before you start the project, you will want to stop and think about what type of vehicles, as well as how many vehicles are going to be using the driveway or parking lot. Knowing this before you start preparing the surface will help you figure out how much gravel material you are going to need to create a safe driveway for the vehicles. It will also keep you from coming back and having to make costly repairs to the driveway, that should have been prevented before you began laying down the materials.
Step #4: Begin Preparing The Surface For Laying The Asphalt – After your crew has been trained in the safe use of the machinery, you will want to begin preparing the surface to begin laying down the asphalt. Mark out the areas that you are going to pave and create a wooden form that will hold the asphalt and gravel until it has had time to properly set. You want to make sure that you are putting enough gravel into the form to properly hold the weight of the vehicles that will be driving over it on a regular basis. If you do not have a thick enough base you will end up damaging the asphalt when vehicles are parking on it.
Step #5: Begin Laying Down The Asphalt – Once you have prepared the surface for laying the asphalt, and have the gravel laid down thick enough to accomodate the vehicles that are going to be parked on it, you will need to start applying the mixture of sand, rocks, and cement. Make sure that the asphalt has been in the machine long enough to be heated properly, and avoid getting any of it on your skin because it holds heat for an incredibly long time and will stick to your skin, causing serious burns.
Slowly run the asphalt paver from one section of the driveway to the other, making sure that you are applying a thick enough layer of asphalt to entirely cover the gravel. The paver will tamp down the surface making it hard enough to walk on, but the material may still end up sticking to your boots. As you are working, you want to periodically check to ensure that there is at least a 2” surface of asphalt over the gravel bed that you created, after being tamped down by the machine.