My handyman isn't much of a concrete person but he attempted to do a path for
me. He used forms and hand mixed the sakrete fast drying concrete.
Unfortunately he wasn't great at pitching it and now there are puddles. So to
fix it, he mixed some sand with the gravel and drilled the concrete rough, then
topped it. It's a different ugly color now and I'm not sure that it's even
going to hold? We have harsh winters here. Is there any solution to fixing
replying to hrhofmann, NYArtist wrote:
Thanks. I did something unusual as the concrete was drying...I spinkled glitter
on it so that the sidewalk sparkles so I probably wouldn't want to dye it but
that's a great idea. I was wondering about skim coating it and then sprinkling
the glitter on that. Do you think that the way he did the skimming it will
Posting some photos would probably help if you are able to do that.
About how big is the "path"? I am guessing that if he mixed the Sakrete
concrete himself, it is not a very large area.
The chances of the top coat repair job holding up are probably slim to none.
It will surely crack and break off, probably even before next spring. And,
the idea of trying to stain it or match it for color isn't going to work.
Despite what the products say, and how they look in the sample color
brochures, any type of stain or even acid wash is just going to look bad or
worse than it already looks now.
I think the only solution at this point is to live with it for a while until
the top coat starts breaking off (which it will soon do), and then have the
original concrete "path" removed and have a new one poured and finished by
an experienced concrete company.
Sorry, to sound so negative about all of this, but I have been through this
a couple of times -- once on my own place and once when trying to help
another handyman friend who also is not much of a concrete person go back
and repair and stain a similar situation.
I agree 100% and I have done lots of concrete. The trick starts with a
good base, then well built forms that are pitched to drain the desired
way. Once the concrete sets, you are done. It is either right or you
chip it out and start over. That patch will spall off as soon as water
seeps into the joint and freezes.
replying to TomR, NYArtist wrote:
Thanks to all for suggestions and reaffirming my suspicions that this will not
hold and was a waste of time and money...additionally he did another section of
sidewalk (about 25" wide and 8 ft long) without using wide fortifier inside. I
dont' know what's going on..he's an older gentleman (76) and maybe not
concentrating so well at this point.
When I rip the sidewalk out that he messed up, do I use a special blade to cut a
straight line? What is the best way to do this? Thanks again.
Sorry, I don't really know the answer to your question. I guess it depends
on what you have there now, which is not clear. Usually, there is a seam or
line separating the old concrete from the new concrete section. Are you
able to post any photos of what you have now?
On Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 4:37:27 PM UTC-4, TomR wrote:
Who knows without seeing what's there. From the post, I thought this
was a whole new sidewalk, in which case it shouldn't have to be cut
The biggest headache isn't going to be separating it. It's going to
be busting it all up and disposing of it.
+1 Unfortunately this or have him completely remove this existing junk and
have competent people do the work.
Did you talk him into it after you either got a higher price or found out he
wasn't great with concrete?
If you are interested in trying concrete dye or concrete stain, you can do a
Google search for concrete dye or for concrete stain. You'll find lots of
information and YouTube videos etc.
But, my guess is that none of these will work to solve your situation.
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