About a year ago I asked a question about the tree roots that were
lifting up my sidewalk.
The guy repairing the neighborhood sidewalks cut my two sections in
half (they were already cracked along the line at the two ends).
Last year I got my neighbor and when he lost interest, a friend, to
help me lift up and flip over onto 4x4's each of the cement sections.
I cut out a lot of root, but not enough, and one section looked great,
but the other no, when we put them back.
BUT THIS YEAR, neither guy was enthusisastic so I did it myself, with
4 5-foot 2x4's, 4 8-foot 2x4's, 5 pieces of wood for fulcrums, and one
4x4 fence post for a ram, to move a fulcrum when there was weight on
it. I didn't flip it over, just lifte it up and wiggled it to the
Took maybe 45 minutes, plus 30 minutes to chisel out more root**
30 minutes to put the slab back.
It's amazing what one can do by himself with the right tools. "Give
me a lever and a place to stand and I will move the world." I forget
who said that.
Maybe I should just cut out the whole root. But I'm still thinking
the tree gets some nutrition from the half-section root, and that it
might die without that or the other two trunk roots that I trimmed
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