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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.

Mud puddles always grow into potholes.  Potholes will always grow into an impassable road.  Prove to Otis that you are not shy about good road maintenance.

There are many schools of thought on how to best repair a puddle or pothole.  Rather than having a different BB for each technique, show us the technique you used for your pothole/puddle.

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 pictures or video (<2 min) of the following:  
   - The pothole/puddle in the road that is to be eliminated
   - The repair underway
   - 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 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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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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I filled several potholes in the road today.
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Before filling potholes.
Before filling potholes.
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After filling potholes.
After filling potholes.
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Once there was a pothole, now it's just road. Behold my photos.


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Pothole!
Pothole!
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Fix dirt road pothole bb submission
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Pothole to be filled
Pothole to be filled
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Pothole filled with dirt and gravel, mounded slightly and tamped down a bit.
Pothole filled with dirt and gravel, mounded slightly and tamped down a bit.
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Fixing a small pot hole at the lab at the 2021 SKIP event.

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Pot hole filled in with Gravel and dirt, with mound
Pot hole filled in with Gravel and dirt, with mound
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Fixed a few potholes
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The gravely material I used
The gravely material I used
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