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(KHOU Houston)   Retired Houston man gets tired of pothole, decides to fix it himself. By filling it with dirt. I'M HELPING   (khou.com) divider line 92
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2014-04-30 09:22:49 AM
Everyone knows the correct way to get potholes repaired quickly is to spray paint racist stuff on them

grizzlybomb.com
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-04-30 09:29:29 AM
Fill it with crushed stone, not dirt.  Or crushed stone and dirt.
 
2014-04-30 09:30:42 AM
YOU'RE NOT HELPING!
 
2014-04-30 09:39:35 AM
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2014-04-30 09:45:26 AM
And the first time it rains...
 
2014-04-30 10:19:12 AM
Did the guy even look on the internet to see how it's normally done? Jesus. I do home repairs around the house but there are a myriad of reasons not to DIY a pothole.
 
2014-04-30 10:51:28 AM
Just put a traffic cone in it.
 
2014-04-30 10:53:47 AM
A few years ago I noticed that this pothole near where I live, someone stuck a pillow it in. True story bro. And it stayed there for a year. Till it disintegrated. Road didn't get used much.
 
2014-04-30 10:55:16 AM
What an idiot.

Shoulda built a bridge.
 
2014-04-30 10:55:37 AM
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2014-04-30 10:56:02 AM
"The government can't do anything right! We should stop paying taxes!"

/herpaberp
 
2014-04-30 10:57:44 AM
As someone that lives in Houston, thanks for at least trying. The city tends to let potholes go for 1-2 decades before they think about fixing anything. And as soon as they do repave a street, the water department decides it's time to work on updated the antiquated water lines so they cut the road back to hell.

I'm thinking some kind of communication between each department could actually solve some issues, but there's no job security in that.
 
2014-04-30 10:58:57 AM
subby almost my whole 1/4 mile driveway is dirt!! you can drive on it!
 
2014-04-30 11:00:25 AM

ZAZ: Fill it with crushed stone, not dirt.  Or crushed stone and dirt.


Which will work just until the first heavy vehicles start rolling through it.  The only way to fix a pothole for anything more than 24 hours is to completely dry it out, cut the jagged edges away from it, fill it with asphalt and compact the crap out of it.
 
2014-04-30 11:01:15 AM
I wouldn't be surprised when the DOT union hits this guy with a cease and desist order.  Because citizens fixing stuff takes away union work.

Then they would REALLY never fix it.
 
2014-04-30 11:01:22 AM
The road crews here fix potholes by putting orange cones in front of them.
 
2014-04-30 11:02:39 AM
Well he's going to get quite a lot of exercise, since dirt's just going to wash right back out of that hole every time it rains. Even filling it with crushed stone is a waste of time; rain and vehicles running over it will wash stone out of a hole that big too. Unless he's got a big case of Readymix Asphalt laying around, he needs to just stop before he pulls a muscle or throws his back out.
 
2014-04-30 11:02:47 AM
can't you fill those with packing peanuts? i always feel bad about throwing all that foam away so that it ends up in a landfill.
 
2014-04-30 11:06:24 AM

Mirrorz: As someone that lives in Houston, thanks for at least trying. The city tends to let potholes go for 1-2 decades before they think about fixing anything. And as soon as they do repave a street, the water department decides it's time to work on updated the antiquated water lines so they cut the road back to hell.

I'm thinking some kind of communication between each department could actually solve some issues, but there's no job security in that.


As a fellow Houstonian, this is true. Some of the roads here are just completely farked. Braeswood and Kirkwood immediately come to mind.
 
2014-04-30 11:09:05 AM
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2014-04-30 11:09:59 AM
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2014-04-30 11:11:43 AM
I used to live on what was famously the worst road on Cape Ann. The road wouldn't get fixed because the city said it was a private road, and the land owners disagreed. Anyway we used to collect stones from the beach by the truck load to fill the worst ones.
 
2014-04-30 11:11:50 AM
theinspirationroom.com
"I'm only helping..."
 
2014-04-30 11:12:02 AM

Mirrorz: As someone that lives in Houston, thanks for at least trying. The city tends to let potholes go for 1-2 decades before they think about fixing anything. And as soon as they do repave a street, the water department decides it's time to work on updated the antiquated water lines so they cut the road back to hell.

I'm thinking some kind of communication between each department could actually solve some issues, but there's no job security in that.


How does a city that rarely, if ever, goes below freezing have a big pothole problem?
 
2014-04-30 11:14:57 AM
I am surprised he wasn't arrested, it has happened.

As stupid as it sounds the city considers people filling in streets as a liability issue.
 
2014-04-30 11:15:37 AM
Starshines:
How does a city that rarely, if ever, goes below freezing have a big pothole problem?

There's probably  a lot of ass holes too.
 
2014-04-30 11:16:00 AM
Yeah, someone did that with the huge hole around here. A day later it became a mud pit, and people driving through it thinking it would support them found themselves hitting the edges hard. This broke off more of the edges, causing it to get bigger. So now it's a giant hole in the road filled with sandy mud and chunks of asphalt.  The only choice is to drive around it, and that's not fun since it takes up the entire lane on a two-lane road.

Filling it with dirt is a bad idea. Go buy some cement if you really want to help.
 
2014-04-30 11:17:02 AM

Starshines: Mirrorz: As someone that lives in Houston, thanks for at least trying. The city tends to let potholes go for 1-2 decades before they think about fixing anything. And as soon as they do repave a street, the water department decides it's time to work on updated the antiquated water lines so they cut the road back to hell.

I'm thinking some kind of communication between each department could actually solve some issues, but there's no job security in that.

How does a city that rarely, if ever, goes below freezing have a big pothole problem?



Big, stupid trucks towing all sorts of stupid things.
 
2014-04-30 11:17:51 AM

EJ25T: [theinspirationroom.com image 515x291]
"I'm only helping..."


One of the creepiest commercials ever conceived....
 
2014-04-30 11:18:45 AM

Starshines: How does a city that rarely, if ever, goes below freezing have a big pothole problem?


We're at sea level and this is swamp land.
As soon as the heat kicks back up, the ground dries out and everything starts shifting; including the streets.

There's also no zoning so you can have convoys of big rig trucks flying through residential areas to deliver to an industrial business right next door. All that weight on a street designed for light traffic seldom works out well.
 
2014-04-30 11:19:06 AM
Buy a cheap beater car. Hit the pothole and intentionally crash your car. File a lawsuit against the city. They'll be out there to fix it real quick.
 
2014-04-30 11:21:29 AM

Nix Nightbird: Filling it with dirt is a bad idea. Go buy some cement if you really want to help.


that's worse because cement breaks apart into chunks that could be sent flying at the cars behind, dirt is the safest way for some citizen to temporarily solve the problem, up here where we get tons of potholes in the spring road crews will sometimes fill them with dirt as a temporary fix until they actually get to them for real.
 
2014-04-30 11:23:20 AM

Mirrorz: Starshines: How does a city that rarely, if ever, goes below freezing have a big pothole problem?

We're at sea level and this is swamp land.
As soon as the heat kicks back up, the ground dries out and everything starts shifting; including the streets.

There's also no zoning so you can have convoys of big rig trucks flying through residential areas to deliver to an industrial business right next door. All that weight on a street designed for light traffic seldom works out well.



Not to mention what can happen to asphalt in the heat of the summer.  I've parked my motorcycle on its kickstand and gone inside for an hour or so, walked back outside and the kickstand from a ~450lb bike had created a new impression in the asphalt.  It can become very soft and while not brittle, can 'tear' and bend into shapes that attract more friction than when it is originally laid smooth.  More friction = more damage.
 
2014-04-30 11:30:38 AM
This is how you draw attention to pot holes.

www.edmontonjournal.com
 
2014-04-30 11:31:34 AM
Free Dirt?
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2014-04-30 11:32:42 AM
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2014-04-30 11:33:43 AM

BafflerMeal: I've parked my motorcycle on its kickstand and gone inside for an hour or so, walked back outside and the kickstand from a ~450lb bike had created a new impression in the asphalt.  It can become very soft and while not brittle, can 'tear' and bend into shapes that attract more friction than when it is originally laid smooth.


Worse, I've seen it happen with cars.  In the deep south using asphalt for parking lots is stupid.  Stick with dirt/gravel or go to concrete.  With Asphalt you're lucky if it lasts 3 years before needing major repairs.

Up here in Alaska asphalt works great - it's too cold 'most' of the year to lay concrete, and it never gets hot enough to soften asphalt.
 
2014-04-30 11:35:15 AM
I got the cops called on me for trying to fix a bad RR crossing. Called the county to fix it, and they said it was the RR's responsibility. Called the RR and they said it was the counties' problem.
 
2014-04-30 11:36:58 AM
Do it fer 'murica.


sure beats having to tax our poor Billionair friends and the multi billion dollar companies they own.
 
2014-04-30 11:37:16 AM

BafflerMeal: Not to mention what can happen to asphalt in the heat of the summer. I've parked my motorcycle on its kickstand and gone inside for an hour or so, walked back outside and the kickstand from a ~450lb bike had created a new impression in the asphalt.


I carry a hunk of an old rubber sole in the bag on my bike and put my kickstand on that. It makes a nice pad to distribute the weight across a larger area to lessen the chance of it sinking in and it keeps it from slipping if I have to park on gravel.
 
2014-04-30 11:39:24 AM

Starshines: Mirrorz: As someone that lives in Houston, thanks for at least trying. The city tends to let potholes go for 1-2 decades before they think about fixing anything. And as soon as they do repave a street, the water department decides it's time to work on updated the antiquated water lines so they cut the road back to hell.

I'm thinking some kind of communication between each department could actually solve some issues, but there's no job security in that.

How does a city that rarely, if ever, goes below freezing have a big pothole problem?


If only you could see the roads in Hawaii...
 
2014-04-30 11:40:08 AM

Pick: I got the cops called on me for trying to fix a bad RR crossing. Called the county to fix it, and they said it was the RR's responsibility. Called the RR and they said it was the counties' problem.



meanwhile, the Wealthy laugh all the way over to their overseas tax shelters.

Freedom,

gotta' love it!
 
2014-04-30 11:43:38 AM

Mirrorz: As someone that lives in Houston, thanks for at least trying. The city tends to let potholes go for 1-2 decades before they think about fixing anything. And as soon as they do repave a street, the water department decides it's time to work on updated the antiquated water lines so they cut the road back to hell.

I'm thinking some kind of communication between each department could actually solve some issues, but there's no job security in that.



no, the Wealthy Ownership Society prefers the contention/fighting among 'muricans.   that way, there is little/no attention being paid to the fact that those Rich Turds (nor their huge corporations) don't pay the taxes they owe.

Divide and conquer works.  History proves that.
 
2014-04-30 11:44:53 AM

Firethorn: BafflerMeal: I've parked my motorcycle on its kickstand and gone inside for an hour or so, walked back outside and the kickstand from a ~450lb bike had created a new impression in the asphalt.  It can become very soft and while not brittle, can 'tear' and bend into shapes that attract more friction than when it is originally laid smooth.

Worse, I've seen it happen with cars.  In the deep south using asphalt for parking lots is stupid.  Stick with dirt/gravel or go to concrete.  With Asphalt you're lucky if it lasts 3 years before needing major repairs.

Up here in Alaska asphalt works great - it's too cold 'most' of the year to lay concrete, and it never gets hot enough to soften asphalt.



Alaska = brains

The South = poor and stupid.  they loves them some Jesus, though.
 
2014-04-30 11:47:27 AM

Mirrorz: BafflerMeal: Not to mention what can happen to asphalt in the heat of the summer. I've parked my motorcycle on its kickstand and gone inside for an hour or so, walked back outside and the kickstand from a ~450lb bike had created a new impression in the asphalt.

I carry a hunk of an old rubber sole in the bag on my bike and put my kickstand on that. It makes a nice pad to distribute the weight across a larger area to lessen the chance of it sinking in and it keeps it from slipping if I have to park on gravel.



Hunh.  Noted.  Something new for the pack.  One of those things I never think about until it happens every once in a while (been riding 20 yrs).  Gonna go add this to the kit.
 
2014-04-30 11:50:34 AM

Starshines: Mirrorz: As someone that lives in Houston, thanks for at least trying. The city tends to let potholes go for 1-2 decades before they think about fixing anything. And as soon as they do repave a street, the water department decides it's time to work on updated the antiquated water lines so they cut the road back to hell.

I'm thinking some kind of communication between each department could actually solve some issues, but there's no job security in that.

How does a city that rarely, if ever, goes below freezing have a big pothole problem?


Fracking?
 
2014-04-30 11:59:39 AM

Linux_Yes: Mirrorz: As someone that lives in Houston, thanks for at least trying. The city tends to let potholes go for 1-2 decades before they think about fixing anything. And as soon as they do repave a street, the water department decides it's time to work on updated the antiquated water lines so they cut the road back to hell.

I'm thinking some kind of communication between each department could actually solve some issues, but there's no job security in that.


no, the Wealthy Ownership Society prefers the contention/fighting among 'muricans.   that way, there is little/no attention being paid to the fact that those Rich Turds (nor their huge corporations) don't pay the taxes they owe.

Divide and conquer works.  History proves that.


That doesn't happ...

LOOK! A newly married, interracial, gay couple is burning the American flag!

Well, at least it only happens to conserva...

LOOK!  A Christian teacher is trying to have a moment of silence in school before discussing abortion and suggesting abstinence while carrying a gun!
 
2014-04-30 12:01:19 PM

scottydoesntknow: Everyone knows the correct way to get potholes repaired quickly is to spray paint racist stuff on them

[grizzlybomb.com image 625x348]


Is that the league...I don't recall that episode...
 
2014-04-30 12:07:38 PM
I don't know if Houston is as bad as where I live, but I'm pretty sure that we have more potholes than actual road left around here. Our roads were left shredded by this winter that doesn't want to end.
 
2014-04-30 12:09:51 PM
Shame we live in a country that can't build infrastructure anymore.
 
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