I've posted before and got great advice, thank you all so much.
Ok, there is a concrete driveway leading to the alley. The alley is just a
When the trash trucks come by, they're somehow pushing dirt up under the
edge of the driveway (the part that faces the alley) and over the years (not
sure how many, I just bought this house), they've raised the edge of the
driveway up. When I go to the edge of the driveway, I have to now step down
off the end of it, to step onto the alley.. about a foot drop.
I asked a guy to help with it.. he basically came over and busted part of
the concrete, then said I have to get a professional, and left! He left it
with a big crack down the middle in two places.. the driveway is long, and
the crack starts at the edge by the alley and extends toward the house only
a couple feet. He cracked it like that in two places, and dug out some of
the dirt that was under the driveway.. and of course, left it dumped by the
trash cans. Needless to say, his calls aren't getting returned. I can't
afford a new driveway, and I don't want to get in trouble with the city.
Please.. will someone tell me an affordable way to fix either the driveway,
or remove it? If so.. I don't mean to sound dumb, but.. what do I do with
the leftover concrete chunks if I do have to remove it?
Thanks in advance,
Are you sure it's the drivieway going up and not the alley going down?
Ugh. The thing to do, IMO, was to fill the alley with gravel to bring the
height up to where you want it.
Need more info. But I'd forget about moving the driveway right now,
replace the dirt that the fool took out and buy a load of gravel to bring
the alley back to level. That's a short term solution: but the guy busted
your slab, so you're likely going to have to have it preplaced sooner or
This is someting that you're better off having hired out: make sure that
removal of the old concrete is part of the bid.
If you must DIY, then you can bust up the old concrete and use it as fill
somewhere where you need that: possibly in the alley, or under the new
Remove the dead poet to e-mail, tho CC'd posts are unwelcome.
Ask me about joining the NRA.
even though you get that fix, you will still have the same problem
since its a dirt alley and those heavy trucks couple with water will
sure push thatside of the driveway up.
quick fix would be like what raven wrote, but id make that about 6
inches deep of gravel and 4-6 of concrete leveled with the rest. thats
a lot of work for a quick fix.
the right way is smash all of that concrete that got raised, (so that
when you fill it back with concrete it will be level with the rest of
the driveway}, dig all of the dirt down to a foot, fill it with gravel
bout 6 inches, pack it, then pour the concrete.
but if the city has a dirt alley, you can probably call the city
engineer and tell them whats gong on, they will probably give you more
just my 2cents good luck!
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