I posted a few weeks back about some work I was going to get done,
steps, sidewalk slabs, slab by back door, and corner patching on front
porch slab. Well I found somebody who saved me a little over $400, but
I paid him before the dirt fill is back in which he plans to do.
Am I being neurotic to want all the slag chipped off? He didn't want to
do it and I said I wanted it off of there. He chipped a lot of it off
with a regular hammer. I thought one of those spikes and a small sledge
hammer might be better, but what do I know? Anyway, he gets a lot of it
off, then says, "see I am undercutting the concrete". I agree and asked
if he could saw it off. Yes, but why do I want it off?
I want it off so when I dig for flower beds and landscaping I can dig
right up to the cement and not hit that horrid stuff. I want to be able
to plant edging plants there or put in a little border fence. If the
slag isn't off, I won't be able to do that.
Am I being unreasonable about this? I guess most people just have the
dirt cover over whatever slag slips through the forms and don't care
What do normal concrete people do in cases like this? I like things to
be done right, and am already having trouble getting my way about some
things. I told him not to take the molds off too soon. He is a
professional concrete finisher. He took the molds off too soon and one
step is chipped and now I will have to put up with a crappy patch job.
That's what I get, but it it weren't that, it would be something else no
matter who did it.
How did I know not to take the forms off too soon? Because I did a
little homework and read it on this newsgroup.