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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in earthworks.

For this BB, you will be learning how to eliminate potholes/puddles in roads.

Dirt and gravel roads are usually common in the country, rural areas, and on homesteads. So, knowing how to repair them is important.

This is an example of a dirt or rocky type of road.


Sometimes, you might see puddles in a road, like this.


A dirt road's pothole/puddle can be fixed by adding dirt to it, like in this video.


And this is an example of a repair made to a dirt road by adding a bunch of gravel.


To get certified for this BB, post two pics  

  - The pothole/puddle in the road that is to be eliminated
  - The road without the pothole or puddle anymore
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Small potholes grow into giant potholes.

Make sure to put rocks/gravel into the hole to the point that the hole is mounded.  In time, driving over the mound will work things out.

 
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I fixed two potholes today!
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Two potholes
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No potholes (and a tire track)
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I hereby certify this BB as complete!

 
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I took care of four of these today, and will have some more to do in the fall. I really like how PEP is basically the same as my to-do list! I use the truck instead of a tamp. it works very well.
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I hereby certify this BB complete!

 
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When I created this BB, I was thinking of dirt or gravel roads.   Asphalt is loaded with petroleum and I would like PEP to move away from petroleum.  

It does satisfy the otis test.  And it is a homesteading thing.  And it is challenging to get away from petroleum.  If you leave the pothole, quality of life is greatly diminished.  

There is no easy answer here.  

I kinda think that when it comes to homestead stuff, how do we shrink our overall petroleum footprint.   And I think a big answer is to figure out a way that the desire to travel is reduced:   nearly everything i want is right here.  Now that I'm not using the driveway, it doesn't get potholes (or maybe far fewerer).  And since I use the road rarely, the potholes are not bugging me very often.   And if it does get a pothole, I sifted some dirt and got the gravel out of it and used that.

The bottom line is that patching asphalt with proper asphalt does qualify for this BB.   I would just prefer to see stuff move in a direction with less petroleum.
 
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