The exterior of a home can be just as important as its inside when you're trying to maintain a consistent, attractive appearance. Exterior home repairs can range from damaged roofing to pot holes in the ground to gutters that don't drain. Luckily, many of these repairs don't require professional help and can be remedied with some basic tools.
Brush out any loose fragments using a shop vacuum if there are minor cracks in the asphalt outside your house. Asphalt can become cracked and fill with water, especially during the winter months. Once the water freezes, these cracks can expand and result in substantial potholes.
Fill the gap in the asphalt with sand if it's quite deep. Now flatten it down so it's within half an inch of the ground. Apply asphalt-based caulk using a caulk gun.
Allow to dry, as directed by the instructions on the caulking material (typically around ten minutes). Use a putty knife to smooth down and flatten out the surface.
Take out any loose fragments and smooth out any sharp edges if there are larger holes in the asphalt. A hammer and chisel are good tools to complete this part of the job
Fill the hole with solid debris such as rocks and gravel fragments. This serves as a foundation before applying the asphalt patch. Tip the asphalt patch into the hole until it fills the hole.
Put a length of thick plywood on top of the asphalt patch. Slowly drive over the wood with a car to seal and compact the patch in place.