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Old 01-17-2011, 10:20 PM
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Floor Jacks on Pebbled Driveways?

I have a Pebbled Driveway, which has nice look, but obviously isn't a smooth rolling surface. Especially for heavy floor jacks with tiny metal wheels. I'm wondering what people suggest I do? Anyone have any good solution for this issue?

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Old 01-17-2011, 10:24 PM
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plywood, if you need the jack to move freely as you lift
i often work out in my gravel driveway,and it sucks
you can also just wiggle the handle back and fourth sideways as you lift and the jack will kind of walk forward as it goes up
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At the track with dirt pits we use 1/4 aluminum plates in place of the wheels. Kinda like a skid. We also weld plates on the bottom of jack stands to keep them from sinking.
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You can roll the floor jack over the driveway, but it can be a bit of challenge. The real problem is when I jack up the car the wheels dig into the pebbles creating little dents in the wheels. They'll eventually get pretty messed up if I don't figure something out.

I guess plywood would work. I'll probably have to keep buying a lot of pieces of it though. I bet they wear out quickly. It's better to buy plywood than another jack!
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I've actually pulled my truck off a pair of jack stands when the jack's wheels got hung up a pebble and stopped rolling. The jack does need to move as the car goes up or down. If it doesn't, the vehicle will!

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Actually... Russ that is an issue. That has happened to me once or twice. What's your solution to this problem?
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Actually... Russ that is an issue. That has happened to me once or twice. What's your solution to this problem?
All I do is sweep it good and watch the jack carefully to make sure it's moving. My driveway is starting to "spall" and leave pits, it could use a skim coat where I work (the rest is in good shape).

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I use plywood also works for me anytime i have a rough surface.


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