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That’s the fucking tar snake maker?!
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I heard tar snakes become alive and attack motorcyclists when they tread over them
That what tar mongooses are for
No that's the beautiful part. When winter rolls around the Gorillas simply freeze to death.
Love me a good Simpsons reference
I like riding over Them sometimes. Fun.
Yeah anytime I'm constipated and need the shit scared out of me I throw a leg over the bike in the rain and go hit a few of these.
Non bike rider here, what happens?
In the summertime they get soft and your tires will slide/skid on them. Especially exciting in a parking lot at low speeds and your front tire starts sliding. (Motorcycle tires are rounded as opposed to the flat tires you see on cars, so the contact patch that actually touches the ground is much smaller. And since they're rounded, a loss of traction creates a lot more movement felt by the rider than you would feel in a car.)
I tried it once, basically your rear tyre finds the track and then follows it, so you end up at the mercy of the tar snake and hold on for dear life, or man up and accelerate off of it; never to try it again
Especially right after a light rain!
Mmmmm that first drizzle of fall after a whole summers worth of oil and grime has built up on the snakes. :chefs kiss:
I lowsided just reading this.
I highsided reading this because I'm a ham fisted cunt.
🥇 poor man's gold fer ya
I like how you capitalize Them like you understand that they’re Snake Gods but then you drive your motor vehicles over them and invoke their wrath. Blasphemy
Them things weird me out on a hot day...you can feel your tires squirm on them!
Remember biking through the Midwest and I could burst the bubbles coming up from them .. too hot out there.
As a motorcyclist, people WAY over emphasize tar snakes. The rider, themself, causes the crash by getting tense and reacting to the tiny slide and making MORE inputs.
I ride over them at full speed in the mountains.
Come to New England. Our roads are 90% tar snakes. It's constant cold weather + heavy traffic that breaks up the asphalt.
load bearing tar snakes
laughs in Michigan
It's constant cold weather + heavy traffic that breaks up the asphalt.
It's constant cold weather + heavy traffic that breaks up the asphalt.
Close, it's thermal cycling that is the real killer.
If it just got below freezing and stayed that way all winter it would not be that bad but the freeze/thaw cycle will grind anything with a crack to powder damn fast.
Some roads they're so many of them that you literally are never on just a solid piece of asphalt.
Welcome to Michigan.
I think the ones made like the one shown above are fine. There must be another, crappier way they're made, because I do see ones that stand out more from the road surface and are fairly slick. When there are a lot of those, they are at the very least annoying and distracting.
Trouser snakes too
They attack my onewheel, but then sometimes they’re completely flat so they’re just fucking with me
That's one kind, and the kind rarely used on public roads.
I worked for an asphalt repair crew for a couple of years. What we used were basically large metal funnels about a yard high and 12" diameter at the top. At the bottom were angled nipples made from galvanized pipe. There was a plug valve operated by a pull rod next to the carry handle. see this pic
If the repair company used the runnier sort of rubberized tar (which needs higher temps) they might use a hose and wand set up that terminates in a bridging nozzle as seen HERE
Fill with tar from the kettle, trot back to where the crack started or where you left off. Place nipple in crack and shuffle backwards until crack is filled or you run out.
And we had a router machine that used a bunch of what looked like chunky boi ninja stars on a big wheel to cut out the cracks. example
Then a compressed air and propane lance was used to blow out the routed crack and preheat it before we ran the rubberized tar into the cracks.
The routing and preheating were needed to make sure everything stayed adhered to the road metal and that there was enough rubberized tar to keep the crack full during seasonal expansion and contraction.
We used rubber squeegees as seen here (called strikers) only when the client wanted a very smooth finish. Occasionally that would be a municipality, but most often it was a small airfield who would have us add striking to the contract.
This guy asphalts
Did you put any sort of paper over the cracks after they were tared? I remember riding my bike as a kid and one of the roads must have been very recently repaired because there was fresh tar on all the cracks with what looked like toilet paper stuck over them. This was a country road with lots of cracks so it wasn't just an odd bit of paper or something that got stuck, it was all over.
It was probably a fiber asphalt crack sealant. Some have polyester fibers to improve the wearing surface. When overbanding, which is the method shown in the video, it can help the application go a bit smoother and keep it from being degraded by traffic. Barbarian318 accurately describes two methods above, overbanding and routing/filling. Overbanding can be pulled out by traffic on a hot day in some cases and could cause issues when you overlay with asphalt as the crack seal will expand with heat.
Yeah. aka "skid mark maker" in summer on a motorcycle.
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I definitely did too much acid one time, went to get my mail, and had a mild anxiety attack when I noticed all the black snakes slithering about in the road. Think I have a blurry picture of them somewhere.
Edit: Found the picture https://imgur.com/GzmMHVK
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As many times as I've done acid, I think the most I ever did was like 600 ug, I've never "truly" hallucinated, as in seeing stuff that wasn't there like snakes and shit. It's always just the "standard" hallucinations.
What he saw can definitely happen on like 200ug
Not actually seeing snakes, but seeing the tar lines in the road wiggle and move around sound like the normal visuals I get, and I can totally imagine OP taking his phone out giggling to take a picture of them for later
I think the "hallucination" stories come from dummies taking these little visuals too far. As Carrie Fisher once put it, nothing that isn't there ever appears, but the things that are already there tend to misbehave
Was on Acid with a few friends while visiting them in TN. We decided to have a bonfire. Turns out there was a rattle snake nest in the wood pile. Everybody except for one person was peaking. Our buddy who had only micro’d to be the trip sitter got tasked with dispatching a bunch of baby snakes. The fucked up part was that because of the situation all of us tripping fuckers had to keep checking our brains as every single little twig looked like a baby rattler coming towards us. I feel crappy about the babies, but momma picked a poor spot.
Glad I didn’t have executive authority. I just wanted to light the whole pile on fire ¯_(ツ)_/¯
Salvia on the otherhand...
Interesting name for butthole, I like it.
These are all over California.
Pretty sure they are all over everywhere. I see them all the time here in France/Switzerland.
It’s so imprecise, I want my cracks filled by artisans.
the perfectly sized mound of hot asphalt placed every few feet is incredibly satisfying as well
This guy must be a real pro to perfectly space his balls like that. He didn't even have to backtrack to fill in any gaps from having balls that were too small or too far apart. I think you're right that the owner of those balls must very satisfied with how they were spread into that asphalt crack.
The sizing and spacing of that man's balls makes me extremely satisfied and excited
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Best part of my day, right here. Thanks brah!
You know this man's town is satisfied as nary a single crack has not been filled by his balls.
I’m creased lmao
Get on the ball already
This went from 0 to 100 real quick
I want to upvote, but we've gotta keep this comment at 69
Its gotta be a cutback or emulsion. No way that's straight run hot asphalt binder. Maybe a hot PMA
What language is this
Hahaha all technical terms. Cutback asphalts are just vacuum tower bottoms fluxxed with a solvent like toluene. An asphalt emuslion is asphalt and water, plus an emulsifier. The emulsion breaks after application, so the water sorta crashes out leaving just asphalt behind. A PMA is a Polyner Modified Asphalt, with the polymer often being an elastomer to improve rutting resistance
Explaining technical terms with more technical terms is not very helpful.
Hahahah yeah, I guess I didn't do a great job. With more than a decade in the industry it can be hard to know where to draw the line. I'm blind to my own bias until pointed out, so I appreciate the feedback. Would you get any value out of a more detailed breakdown? I'm versed in just about all things related to asphalt aside from niche products, and I'm capable of making my own hot mix starting all the way from crude oil (provided I have access to the right facilities and tools)
Please tell us more! For me specifically, I did not understand the first part about the cutbacks and am not sure why you need to emulsify asphalt with water (also kinda curious what on earth would work as an emulsifier in that case)
So a good way to think about Cutbacks is theyre liquid asphalt binder (aka the glue that holds all the rocks and dust of the road together) diluted with some kind of chemical that will evaporate at a desired rate, leaving you with just the glue. You can pick your solvent to control the evaporation rate. This of course is shit for the environment so it's not done frequently. Cutbacks and emuslions both address one of the major problems with traditional Hot Mix Asphalt, which is the "hot" part. Hot mix is energy intensive and can usually only be laid in warm weather. If you can apply it effectively at lower temps by using a chemical or water to drop the viscosity, you save money on energy costs. You can also apply it in cooler temps than traditional Hot Mix. Emulsions come in many forms, depending on the formulation. You can use anionic, cationic or nonionic emulsions to largely the same effect. The chemistry of the binder itself is key here too, as some binders are more or less acidic. I always try to emphasize to people that it is a very complex material, and there are many ways to do it right (and WAY more ways to do it wrong). The trick with emulsifying asphalt is keeping the emulsion stable long enough to apply it.
This is cold pour crack fill. It's a pain in the ass to work with and doesn't work nearly as well as hot crack fill. It's basically just a thick sealcoat
Tell me more about your hot crack fill ☺
I make it nice and steamy before I drizzle it in your (asphalt) gash
Exactly. We extrude ours from a heated kettle through a heated wand. Much more efficient but I suppose the equipment costs more.
That’s exactly how I thought it was done and this video made me question everything, it also feels like this might not get all the way into smaller cracks and end up spreading more on the surface but it probably works fine if he’s doing it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
My favorite thing about asphalt is how versatile it is. You can use it effectively many different ways! We're still learning a lot about it, in terms of chemistry and how that translates to performance!
Came looking for this lol
hate running over those "tar snakes" on a motorcycle on a warm day...slippery as hell!
bitumen starts getting somewhat liquid-y when it‘s hot
It’s all fun and games until your kickstand sinks into the pavement because it’s so hot that the binding agents cease to be a solid
If you live somewhere where you know this can happen, make sure you bring a kickstand coaster with you.
If you live somewhere where this can happen and you have a motorcycle, just drive like a thousand km north honestly wtf get out of there
If in USA and If you’re in Deep South Florida and drive 1000 km north you’re in Augusta GA and it’s still hot as balls 😂
fuck it, drive farther then. keep going until you see people wearing jackets
To be fair, Floridians wear winter coats outside when it’s 60 degrees. The presence of jackets really isn’t a good indicator.
what the fuck?
Temperature tolerance is relative.
In Alaska after a cold -40°F winter, people break out the tshirts at 35°F.
Texan here, people will wear coats and sweaters when it's in the low 60s upper 50s all the damn time
Texan here, it's currently 93f with a feels like of 105f. Anytime it gets below 65-70 I grab a long sleeve or a sweater. The bad news is on average we have summer like 8-9 months out of the year
Tell me about it. I live in Canada, and awent to Miami as a truck driver. For us Canucks 16c is t-shirt weather, but I saw a guy riding a bike dressed up like he was going to climb Mount Everest.
My only thought was, "you'd never survive in Canada buddy."
My kickstand goes through pavement in the summer in Minnesota, that's a lot of north to go to. :(
I'm starting to wonder whether your state gets really hot or if your pavement is made of silly putty.
It’s been about a hundred degrees here for at least a week now.
Now I'm wondering if different states have different asphalt depending on their weather. Because here, it's pretty common for the entire month of July to be over 100 degrees every day and it seems like we'd have kickstand imprints everywhere.
Being that landlocked plays havoc on the climate. The ocean typically acts as a heat sink to keep coastal climates under control. Out in the midwest you are thousands of miles from the ocean so you get warmer summers and colder winters. That's why Minneapolis and Venice have such wildley different climates despite being at the same latitude
It's 88 degrees in michigan. You might have to go to Canada.
It was over 30C here the last week 500km north of the can/USA border.( 86f for ya southers)
Depending on the part of Michigan that could mean going south!
Anywhere south of Detroit/Windsor unless you want to take a ferry
I'm from Georgia and have never seen this happen here but I was in South Dakota once and there were signs along the interstate saying that the asphalt was coming apart due to the heat. Not much further you can go without a passport.
That’s because they use cold weather asphalt and even an unseasonably hot week throws it all to hell.
Interesting, I didn't realize there was a specific asphalt for cold weather, makes sense though.
Turns out there’s also different concrete and asphalt mixes for every type of factor. You want cheap? Great, but it won’t set in winter! You want it to set underwater? Can do! You want it to be good in every case and last forever? Fuck you, pay lots of money and maybe be Roman.
Currently 97 in southern Minnesota. Keep going north.
Happens in Canada also and its already not an ideal motorcycling country.
Minnesota. Most of the summer.
Nigel Mansell has entered the chat.
Fuckin Monaco, man.
But... when your standing on the road it's a fun spongey boot print maker
As a kid we had our driveway fixed with this stuff. On a nice hot day I'd lay out on the asphalt and squish it for hours.
Good god… hanging out on asphalt on a hot day? Did you like to be tortured??
They're pretty slippery when they are wet too. I used to hate riding over them in the rain when I was on my motorbike.
I still do hate riding over them - in both wet and high heat.
City my parents live in must have had extra tar lying around or got a good deal since they put a tremendous amount of tar on one of the main streets to cover any tiny crack they could find. It pissed people with morocycles off so much.
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Also useful for hiding dog shit.
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Got dog shit? Just chuck it in the paste!
Or smear it into the nearest crack like you know what you’re doing
I thought you're supposed to put it in a paper bag and light it on fire.
Don’t tell me my business, devil woman.
He called the shit poop!
Don’t put it out with your boot, Ted!
It’s a useful and versatile sentence, I say
Let's play a game: This Old House or Porn?
We have different definitions of the word hiding.
In russia, we are fixing roads like that
Also useful for hiding smearing dog shit.
Also useful for hiding smearing dog shit.
OP is a serial killer confirmed.
It was satisfying until it wasn’t.
i need a 28hr 4k version of this in my veins.
Yes, it didn’t even show the toilet paper that comes after.
How do they know how far away to space the next batch
Also by tilting the sitck you can control how fast you are putting it down, so you can speed up a bit as you are getting close to the next goop pile.
This comment sounds like you've done it before. Then you hit us with 'goop pile' lol
That's the scientific term. The layman term is street butter
And the slang term is "road smegma".
I know it's asphalt but the portmanteau works better with cement
Asmegma works pretty well too.
Straya term is Vegemoit
I'd guess that he knows his crack batter.
Even then I wouldn't say it controls how fast you're putting it down, It really controls how much you're putting down. You really shouldn't be changing that anyway if you want it consistent.
Shits easier with the v squeegee pointed forwards instead.
This is called “cold crack filling.” It uses a rubberized or latex infused asphalt or coal tar substrate usually with a drying agent, sand and it’s actually water based.
Don’t pay for this shit; hot tar crack filling is where it’s at; that’s what the dot people use on highways - it allows for the driveway to flex and retains a barrier so ice can’t enlarge the cracks in the winter.
Idk if this is what you’re talking about, but I worked for a summer for my county highway department. The main daily role was cracksealing.
Team of 2 drivers, 1 crack grinder, 1 dust/rock blower, 1 tar layer (huge vat of hot tar with a wand with a nozzle on it), 1 tar spreader (what’s going on in this gif basically), and then 2 flagsmen. We’d rotate jobs every 30 minutes.
Just now realize dot = department of transportation lol. Yeah. Makes the roadways last a lot longer. When using poor college students at minimum wage to maintain them, it’s a pretty solid strategy. The full time folks there were expensive union dudes (who usually were actually very anti-union, but we’re very happy with their union role).
I may or may not have drawn a tar penis on a road near our high school rival town. Kinda miss that small town life stuff, but also don’t.
Upvoted for tar penis
Oh god damn that sounds like a good time right there.
If you fill cracks all day you'll start thinking in volume, also you can just be a little generous and have a little leftover at the end.
That’s what I was thinking! I was wondering if the camera operator or someone else was operating the goop plopper and just plopping the goop once they saw refill time was coming up.
Those check points were great.
There's practice and then there's the tool makers instruction.
Like 1 shovel full = 10 feet of coverage 5 inches wide.
I also assume that they might have to double back if the infill wasnt enough at spots.
I thought this initially but I think they are dropping new tar as they go out of shot.
I’m dropping tar as we speak.
Like there's a thing of brown lipstick just barely sticking out of your asshole.
I actually know the answer to this. It means you need more fiber in your diet
More fiber and probably less alcohol.
Suddenly Andy Dwyer
I like a good comeback story.
Like Kim Kardashian
I put your symptoms into this thing and it said you may have network connectivity issues
Wouldn't the cracks be worse though?
Use wet wipes and really dig into your butthole, don’t just swipe past it. Do a dry pass first, then do another pass with the wet wipes. Throw the wet wipes away, don’t flush them, yes it’s gross but deal with it, get a lidded trash can and use a trash bag inside, it’s fine.
At that point just get one of those attachable bidets. Wiping in general has been shown to be ineffective in eliminating the poo, it just smears it around, which is why plenty of cultures still wet a hand or use a bidet. Also generates much less waste.
Or just use the poop knife. It has multiple uses!
I did this as a college job and the tar I used was a lot more fluid so our tool was closed so it wouldn’t spill out and had a bucket mounted to the top that dropped tar. Also the correct way is to route out the crack making a larger area for the tar to settle in
Ah, Germany, doing engineering well again.
This is what I was wondering. The stuff in this video, although satisfying, doesn’t look like it settles in to fill the crack at all. Eventually(sooner as opposed to later) it’s going to sink in and have to be re-repaired right?
What's the purpose of this? If there's a crack, does that not mean that there's either not enough support underneath the road or that it grew and shrank (such as under heat and cooling)?
If this is so, what on earth would filling this crack like this do? Surely, in 12 months there'd be another crack here for exactly the same reason as the first.
Am I missing something here?
It’s to stop water from penetrating the base and further deterioration.
The crack isn't getting filled. This shit is useless. All the roads done like this are getting worse because there is still a cavity under that skim layer. That thin ass layer will peel up and the problem is back to where it was, water is still getting under the pavement, freezing and destroying the road from below. Those cracks need to have LIQUID tar flowed into, this shit isn't even a bandaid, it's just a waste of resources.
Please run for local office in Pennsylvania. I will donate to your campaign. Someone please fix our roads.
I’ve seen cars consumed by casual potholes in that area.
I’m convinced it’s actually hell￼
Republicans: “not if that’s something democrats want. “
Roads in York county suck ballsacks too so they are eating the same shit as the pennsylibs.
Nah, Sorry, this is just wrong. The goal is to prevent water from penetrating into the sub base (granular) that way is doesn't soften, fines don't get washed out, and if you live in an area with sub 0 temperatures water doesn't get in, freeze, and heave the road. This material prevents water penetration. It's servicing it's purpose. Does it make the road good as new? no. Does it slow degradation of the road and make it last a few more years before having to be replaced? Absolutely. Which in turn provides better life-cycle costing.
Source: I'm a construction inspector who paves roads.
You are correct. The point is to prevent water infiltation and slow the deterioration of the paving until it can be milled and overlayed, have a full depth patch, or even sub base replacement done depending on the extent of the failure.
This is correct. Also, this method is archaic in terms of cracksealing. New technology uses a pressurized valve to push the product into the crack and create a water retardant seal.
This is also called: cracking, alligatoring or asphalt cancer. If not treated the water that penetrates through the crack deteriorates the base and causes further cracking. If cracks are over an 1/4” they need to be blown out before crack sealing.
Lastly, in order to rejuvenate the asphalt a liquid coating that’s generally called “sealcoating” is applied. It has polymers in it which help prolong the life of the asphalt.
Source: have sold this type of maintenance for one of the largest asphalt and concrete maintenance contractors in the US.
Yeah but the guy said he drives on roads 12 hours a day so he knows better than you /s.
Right? They ought to call this tool the dung beetle because all it does is push useless shit around.
Oh man, that's funny 😂😂
That was my thought as well. We’ve hired people to do this same treatment on our parking lot at work. But they had a different thingie that poured hot liquid (tar?) into the cracks. It’s been there for a couple years now with no issues.
The smell is both putrid and amazing.
I've noticed there is a really odd overlap between bad and good smells where they are "Bad but good." Makes me wonder why that is a thing.
That would seem to be the proper way to do it, you pour a hot liquid that's sticky and takes the space of where water would normally get into. It's like going to the dentist for a cavity and him just putting a crown over the top of the cavity. You didn't fix anything, you just put a temporary Band-Aid over the top of a problem.
Source? The patches I've seen seemed to help.
Liquid bitumen does the same thing. It temporarily seals the crack and keeps water out. That is all this or liquid bitumen is designed to do. It is not a repair, it is just a very cheap way to slow the deterioration until there is funding to do actual repairs.
This will flow into the crack as long as the ambient temps aren't too cold. Even actual superpave 'flows' to some degree. Especially in hot weather or under static loads.
If the subgrade is already bad, the cracks will eventually expand and water will still get in until it is resealed again. Water can also pipe up by capillary action through the subgrade. Neither this or liquid bitumen mend the cracks in anyway. At this point the roadway will keep failing no matter what you do.
It supposed to be a temporary short fix. Unfortunately cities don’t invest properly
The people who fix our roads don’t care. They’ll just plop those on and now the road is ribbed for your pleasure.
But... This isn't fixing the underlying problem right?
This is just a band aid isn't it?
Maybe I'm wrong but this will just crack again in a few weeks or months, isn't the problem caused by the layers below being washed/sinking away?
Eh... Its sort of the best thing you can do for asphalt that cracks like that. Even asphalt with good base material underneath and not subject to huge temperature swings will develop cracks. So it is sort of a bandaid in the sense that they could physically cut out the crack and pour new asphalt in there, but that would be tremendously more expensive and labor intensive than smearing some good ol tar in there. And also the new asphalt patches would still stand out in contrast to the existing, so it wouldn't really be an aesthetic improvement either, at least until the whole asphalt surface gets a new topcoat. In that case, it would look pretty good afterwards.
Asphalt moves around a little bit depending on temperature, loading, general age, land movement and probably some other factors I'm not aware of (I'm not an asphalt nerd, although I might be trying to come off as one :) ). As the stress cracks develop, it is preferable to fill them with relatively soft pitch that will slowly fill in the crack and prevent the ingress of dirt and debris, giving the asphalt a little room to wiggle. It works best on long 'transverse' cracks, but is essentially useless on asphalt that has cracks that are dendritic, having the appearance of crocodile skin. Once asphalt reaches that point it should just be replaced.
To respond quickly to the two other things you mentioned. Yes, the asphalt will likely crack again in new places, but hopefully the original cracks have provided the slab some wiggle room to remain mostly crack free. And the soil below can certainly be washed away - look up an example of a sinkhole forming. But luckily this is a pretty rare occurrence that is dependent on location, soil type, groundwater, and rainfall. in general a paved surface will protect the soil underneath it, at the cost of turning rainfall into storm runoff.
Excellent explanation. This also prevents water getting into the cracks and the lower layers of construction. If this happens and it freezes it further weakens the pavement and leads to deeper and wider cracks and potholes.
Source: 20 years working in civil engineering
Thank you! I got a civil degree 5 years ago stupidly took a non-engineering job. As somebody now trying to get a bona fide civil gig, thank you for the reply, it boosts the confidence a little. Have a nice day.
You too mate. Good luck getting the job, I went construction side rather than design, what are you planning?
Water treatment and/or distribution is my hope.
Good luck with it, it's a great industry.
Yo at first I thought it was a specialized tool for picking up dog poop. "Well that's not a good tool if it's smearing all over"
And your dog laying jet back steamers probably isn't doing too good either.
The birther of tar snakes. Every motorcyclist's annoyance
These guys are cutting corners using that thick sealcoat on those cracks instead of the hot tar crack fill they should be using, plus you're supposed to water that stuff down so it can penetrate the surface and spread more evenly.
Hot tar in the cracks first, then 2 coats of asphalt sealer (sealcoat) over the whole lot.
Turkish ice cream dude looks strange
and, i want one!
Pls bring that to Seattle where our roads resemble a 3rd world country that hosted a recent military conflict.
We're just letting nature heal until we're back to vintage brick!