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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:47 pm 
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Hello,

I have a large tarmac area in front of the house which fronts onto an unadopted track for access. The track is also a public footpath.

Outside my gateway the track is tarmac but further up the slope it is dirt. The problem is that rainwater runs off the dirt track/footpath and creates a huge puddle taking up most of the driveway. Additionally, it brings in with it a lot of mud which remains when the puddle soaks away.

What I want to do is to fix a low barrier that can be driven over across my entrance so that the run off water is diverted past my entrance and into a field further down. Something like a sleeping policeman and it only needs to be say 40 - 50mm high. I have found some garage door seal kits ( here -https://www.********.co.uk/garage-door-seal-kits.html) which would be perfect but the makers tell me I would not be able to bond it to the tarmac since they are supposed to be for indoor use. If not properly bonded then a lot of water will get underneath it.

Can anyone tell if there is a product that will bond rubber to tarmac creating a waterproof seal?

Does anyone have any other ideas? I don't particularly want to dig a drain if I can help it.

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Mike.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:05 pm 
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has this problem always been there or have recent alterations caused this

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mikef1 wrote:
I don't particularly want to dig a drain if I can help it


I suspect the recent poor weather has brought this to the fore, as I have a similar (but not the same) issue at my property in West Wales, where I have lived for eighteen months but only encountered a problem last week. I too have been contemplating the issue. I have silt washing off a field down my driveway & blocking my soakaways.

In your case, althought you "don't want to dig a drain" - what do you mean by that exactly - I reckon you probably need to dig a trench and install an Acco Channel across the boundary of your property. You probably don't care where the flow goes after that.

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The problem has always been there but it has, as Paul says, come to the fore recently with much more mud coming in.

The reason I don't want to dig a drain is that I don't have a disc cutter to do a neat job and am worried about damaging the tarmac too much without the cutter. It would need to be about 25 metres long and I thought the barrier/diverter would be the easier and cheaper option. In my ignorance, what is an Acco Channel?

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as an aside
you wont be allowed to shed the water into the sewers or surface water drains on your land
your only option is to keep it off your land and send it on its merry way as your trying to do
or to drain it onto your land

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mikef1 wrote:
In my ignorance, what is an Acco Channel?


1. Try google.

2. Where are you, I have a disc cutter near Pembroke Dock/Haverfordwest area, PM me.

3. My property has (had) a "diverter" as you describe, totally useless now.

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you can form a Berm at your gate but be ware of creatin a mud puddle on the track.
it costs pennies to hire a cutter and discs.


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If you cut a single slot in the tarmac,say 50mm deep using 2 back to back discs,and then hammer
in a 5mm x 100mm flat bar, would that do the job?


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Nigel 206 - sorry for the delay in replying but I have been away. I see what you are getting at but I have to drive over it.

In the meantime, I have spoken to the County Council and they have no objection to me putting an aco channel across the track/public footpath. Also I have found a local chap with a disc cutter. So fingers crossed.

Thank you one and all for your suggestions.


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