There's a wire crossing my concrete driveway in the slot which I tripped on
and kicked up and need to put back.
It just about fits in the groove, almost filling the groove. I think it's
for the low-voltage lights but I'm not sure what it's for.
What "material" would I use to "caulk" the wire back into the groove so
that it's protected from people tripping on it like I did?
There is a grey self leveling caulk available that is intended for
filling expansion joints in concrete that should work fine. You should
be able to find in in the concrete area at most any building supply
On Jul 5, 6:31 pm, Elmo <dcdraftwo...@Use-Author-Supplied-
First pull the entire wire out of the groove. Set it aside. Borrow or
rent a common circular saw with a diamond blade. Use the saw to deepen
and/or widen the groove as needed. Clean out the groove. Fill it half
way with a caulk recommended for concrete. Insert wire, press firmly
down and top off groove with sealant. Now it's permanent. Return the
saw to the owner. Wasn't that easy?
On Tue, 6 Jul 2010 19:06:17 -0700 (PDT), Mark wrote:
I do not know. Maybe landscape lighting? The house was a foreclosure so
there are many enigmas, this wire just being one of them.
I loved the idea of digging the groove deeper, and then embedding the wire
half in the caulk and having the rest of the caulk above the wire.
Now it's off to Home Depot for the right caulk and gun.
Are you trained to use a GUN? You need to go to gun class before you
use any kind of gun.
Now for the question of the day. Do you have working landscape
lighting? If not, why are you reinstalling the wire? Find out what
it's for before working on it. Maybe you dont need it, or maybe
someone dis something dangerous like embed a 120V lamp cord. Follow
it to see what it connects to.
You won't find the best sealants at Home Depot type stores. Go to a
construction supplier of sealants. Get Bostick 1100 FS - the FS is for Fast
Set but it still takes a few days to set completely. This stuff sticks like
crazy and stays flexible so it will stretch if the concrete cracks and
moves a bit. The one I used was grey in color but it may also come in
black, not sure any more.
Like any other sealant or glue job it is absolutely necessary to clean all
surfaces or even the best sealants won't stick.
Yes, that will clean it well. It needs to be dry, too, so either wait a
while or use compressed air or a heat gun to dry it out. Some compressors
add a lot of oil to the air which would prevent the sealant from sticking
so check yours by blowing air onto a clean towel.
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