Re: Sidewalk concrete patch
I live on a hill. Everything shifts a little as time goes
My concrete sidewalk slabs misalign. The corner of one
will elevate up to about 3/4" above the adjoining one.
So folks won't stub their toes, I've patched such places
with vinyl concrete patch and regular concrete mix. Neither
lasts thru a winter before cracking to hell and gone.
Anyone know of a better patching substance to use in
On Wed, 19 May 2004 23:44:42 -0400, "New & Improved - N/F John"
I've got one 36 x 55 x maybe 4" slab that's all cockeyed,
slid down the hill maybe 2 ". I'd *love* to be able
to reseat it.
I thought of this but couldn't figger how to move it.
Can't do it by brute force: I'm 130 lbs and my back
is funny. Don't know any Suma wrestlers ... :-)
If you've any details on how he did it, I'm all ears.
I don't know if our sidewalks are similar or if you can do this, but.
. . My [30 year old?] sidewalk is 4" thick concrete laid out in
mostly 36" squares. There is no rebar tieing them together.
Two winters ago I went through and 'leveled' my sidewalk with pressure
treated wooden shims.
First I cut an assortment of shims from 1x6 pressure treated. I used
6" lengths and tapered the last 5" down to points. [If I remember
right I ripped them into 1x2 1/2 before tapering.]
Next locate the highest point & mark the grade with a string on each
side of the sidewalk. Then work both ways from there, digging out
the sod beside the joint so you can get your wedges in.
I laid a 6x6" piece with the grain following the sidewalk & straddling
the joint in each spot I needed to shim, driving it under the sidewalk
with a 3lb hammer. Then I shimmed the two sides separately until
they were level-- and cut off the excess.
This was done as a temporary measure as I intend to replace the
sidewalk with pavers at some point and I thought I'd have to adjust it
in the spring, but it has gone without shifting for 2 winters now.
Definitely losing you, here.
The shim is 2.5 " wide, 6" long, and tapered? What is
the 6 x 6"??
You gotta dig 4+" down and 2.5 " wide and maybe 10 "
length so you can swing a hammer in the slot? And
it raises the hideously heavy slab without splintering
Use a post-hole digger, maybe?
Knock on wood. S'long as it works, beats hell outa spending
$3k on a contractor or breaking your back ...
We might have a different problem. Mine was frost heave of a few
slabs. As I reread your post I wonder if you have slabs slipping
Just a piece of 1x6, 6" long. It serves as a 'footing' for the
That sounds about right. The shims will take it. You're only
lifting about 50lbs. If a shim starts to splinter it is probably
because it hit a rough spot in the slab. Slip another between the
shim and 'footer' and try again.
I used a round shovel & replaced the sod when done. In a month you
couldn't tell where I'd dug.
Amen. My brother in law, who has worked construction all his life,
suggested taking all the blocks out, leveling a base & replacing them.
[Of course 'on the job' he would be assisted with a back-hoe to lift
the slabs and replace them.]
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