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Dana@Chicago

01:58PM | 05/01/01
Member Since: 04/30/01
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I am a fairly new homeowner, and I don't know where to begin with this problem: one of the slabs of concrete that make up the front sidewalk to my front door is cracked and actually raised up at one corner. Major tripping hazard, not to mention it's not very attractive. The walk looks like it was poored in two slabs. The piece that's cracked and sticking up is the one right before getting to the stairs up to the front door. (I don't know if this helps to visualize, but the damaged side is the side against the stairs.) This slab definitely appears to have settled, but the stairs don't show signs of settling (and neither does the other piece that makes up the walk-way). What can I have done to fix this? I wanted to cover the stairs and walk eventually with brick or pavers (if possible) for a nicer landscaped look. Keeping that in mind, do I need to tear up the entire walkway, or can I have the one piece removed and repoured? Also, what sort of professional would do this sort of thing? I know I'm asking a lot of questions here, but anyone's insight/advice would be greatly appreciated!!

Jay J

05:24PM | 05/02/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi Dana,

A Concrete Professional or perhaps even a Mason will be able to help you. Heck, almost any professional that does 'general work' should be able to help.

Yes, you can do one section, but if you plan on doing pavers or bricks, do you need to need to have the section replaced? I mean, if you can landscape on the sides of the walkway, then you can 'box' the bad section (after it's removed) with timbers or more bricks, then just do a 'normal' install for what you want to do. The major question I have here is what's the CAUSE of your upheaval? Is it tree roots? Is it freezing and thawing? Or what? The point is - No matter what you end up doing, you may be back down this road again later on unless you fix the CAUSE.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

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