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Fixing A Large Cement Crack

Ever since we moved into our house over 4 years ago, we’ve had a large crack at the front sidewalk of the house. And each year it gets bigger as the pavement settles further and further down making for a larger crack.

As you can see, the previous owners used some kind of caulking that they shoved in the crack.  Unfortunately, that only masked the problem.

Cement Crack

Cement Crack

So we hired a company to come out and fix the problem.

They started by using a piece of equipment (whose name I don’t know) to first drill holes in the sidewalk.  Three holes to be exact.

Cement "Hole Maker"

Cement “Hole Maker”

Cement Holes

Cement Holes

Cement Holes

Cement Holes

Our worker then made cement in a small movable piece of equipment that had a hose attached to it.  He then ran a hose from that equipment and put it in the cement hole he made and poured cement into the hole.

Adding Cement to the Sidewalk Hole

Adding Cement to the Sidewalk Hole

The cement is supposed to push the sidewalk up. The more cement that was pushed into the hole, the higher the sidewalk came up.  Cool, no?

I was surprised how mobile the equipment was and how easy it appeared to be to do this work.  I even thought to myself “Hey, I can do that!”

Cement in Holes

Wet Cement in Holes

Here’s a picture of the crack between the step and the sidewalk in front of the house.  (And see the glob of wet cement that’s oozing out of the hole?)

Crack in Sidewalk

Crack in Sidewalk

And here is how it amazingly came out ~

Fixed Sidewalk Crack

Fixed Sidewalk Crack

Not bad, eh? This work costs us $380.00 U.S. dollars.  It was money well spent.

We were told that it’s possible once winter is over that the cement could separate again although not as big.  If that should happen, we’re to purchase cement caulking and just put it in there.

So ~ now you know how to fix a crack that’s between a sidewalk and a step.

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