Disposal of Coal Ash

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Post Mon. Mar. 19, 2007 12:56 pm

Same here, use it for small holes in the gravel driveway,...works great.


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Post Mon. Mar. 19, 2007 4:45 pm

Once the weather turns a little nicer and all of that white stuff goes away I am going to try filling in some potholes. Thanks for the suggestion of what to do with all of my coal ash for years to come.

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Post Mon. Mar. 19, 2007 5:14 pm

I think all you guys are onto something I'm tearing up my blacktop driveway as soon as the weather breaks. Jim

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Post Mon. Mar. 19, 2007 6:05 pm

I save all the wrapping paper, you know, Chrismas, birthdays etc. Then I wrap the coal ash up nice and put a bow on it. You can leave it anywhere, park bench, train station whatever. Someone will steal it in 5-10 minutes.

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Post Wed. Nov. 28, 2007 12:02 pm

Hi All,

I'm in my 2nd season of coal and am still learning. I've read about the different uses for coal ash, but here's one that's lost on me. Next spring I need to replace about 50' of sidewalk. Can anthracite coal ash be used as a drainage bed instead of crushed stone? Normally, you lay day 3-4" of crushed stone and then pour the concrete over that. Please let me know. Thanks!

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Post Wed. Nov. 28, 2007 12:08 pm

I'd say no to drainage. My father always threw the ashes in the drive, for a base, but I think, it makes for poor drainage.

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Post Wed. Nov. 28, 2007 12:52 pm

i'm piling them up under the bay window at night. in the sring somebody will get the tractor with the grade box and just drag them through the yard , till there gone.

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Post Wed. Nov. 28, 2007 8:19 pm

coaledsweat wrote:I save all the wrapping paper, you know, Chrismas, birthdays etc. Then I wrap the coal ash up nice and put a bow on it. You can leave it anywhere, park bench, train station whatever. Someone will steal it in 5-10 minutes.
Good idea, and so true!


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Post Wed. Nov. 28, 2007 8:22 pm

LsFarm wrote:Hi Don, in your basement the portland cement mixed with ash would probably work pretty good since there won't be much heavy traffic or trucks driving on it. :lol:

To test it out, pick a corner in the basement and put down about 4" of ash, then pour on about 1" of portland cement. The cement is a fine, talcum-like powder so beware of the dust.

Mix the two layers together DRY. I think just a rake will do, maybe need a hoe or shovel to flip the mix a bit.

The wet it down with a hose or sprinkler can. and smooth out. If your basement is naturally wet/damp it may get enough moisture from the ground to set.

Test it a few days later, to see if it is what you want on the whole floor.

I have a dirt floor in my basement too, but it is dry, and I have some pretty bad areas in some farm roads out back, so my several cubic yards of ash will be road-topping soon.

Greg L.

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I can't imagine a dirt floor in my cellar, with the water problem. I'm sure it was a muddy mess before the floor was poured. I wonder what might be underneath that cement?

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Post Sat. Dec. 01, 2007 7:21 am

Wood'nCoal wrote:
coaledsweat wrote:I save all the wrapping paper, you know, Chrismas, birthdays etc. Then I wrap the coal ash up nice and put a bow on it. You can leave it anywhere, park bench, train station whatever. Someone will steal it in 5-10 minutes.
Good idea, and so true!
Actually I stole that from Mad Magazine, circa '65-'69 I'll guess. It was one of many uniqe ideas on how to dispose of garbage.

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Post Sat. Dec. 01, 2007 9:21 am

I like the idea of filling in pot holes in driveway.

If the ash hardens like you say it does, must I also be very careful with breathing the ash dust in?

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Post Sat. Dec. 01, 2007 9:44 am

It takes a while to get compacted but once you do it's very hard. I've used it for fill where I park my trucks. Dust may be a problem if you don't first wet it before you run it over with car. Whether its bad for you health wise I'd imagine its no less harmful than any dust, ossibly even less so beacause its sterile. Now if you were breathing it every day for 8 hours a day I'd imagine it would be problem in short amount of time but thats true of any dust.

I'm not doctor and those are pretty much my opinions.

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Post Fri. Dec. 07, 2007 11:46 pm

As Pot filling material in a gravel driveway, great stuff.

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Post Sat. Dec. 08, 2007 9:37 am

What I've been doing is leaving about 3 or 4" of packed snow on the driveway, I just adjusted my snowblower skids to the highest setting. Then I throw the ash right on top of the packed snow. It makes a great no-slip driving surface, much better than the sheet of ice that usually results from clearing it down to the gravel. It looks like I used a sander on it, I just stand upwind and fling it down the driveway, no breathing in the dust and because there is snow on the ground the dust settles down almost instantly.

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Post Wed. Feb. 11, 2009 1:51 am

I'm doing the same thing, leaving the skids up on the snowblower and laying down a good layer of ash, haven't had a slipping problem all winter, either me or the cars! One driveway is pretty rutted and I'm filling the ruts with it. The other is just low and am using it as fill to make a pad. The neighbor lady comes by every now and then and grabs a pail too. Says she hasn't spent anything on salt this year. lol!!! Neither have I, I told her.


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