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A type of thoroughfare beside a road, that is intended for use by pedestrians. It is often separated from the road surface by a curb and/or a road verge.

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How should I fill a gap along a sidewalk after removing edging?

We removed a concrete over stone edge that was cracked along the length of my property. Formerly, it separated the yard from the sidewalk. We considered replacing it with something like Belgium block, ...
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How should I join sections of concrete sidewalk poured in stages?

I am pouring a sidewalk that will span roughly 60 feet from the front to the back of my house. I am intrigued by dry-pouring it but my construction background is steering me to doing it the right way ...
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Strange street construction / could there be asbestos in the cement and shall I inform the city services? [closed]

My question is not about house improvement, but still a matter of public safety. I was walking home through an unfamiliar neighbourhood earlier today and I ran into the following construction that is ...
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How can I replace a washed out foundation for a sidewalk?

The city recently replaced the sidewalk in the picture shown. A few days later we had a heavy rain that flooded the street and washed out the gravel from under the sections shown in the picture below....
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Would polymeric sand prevent weed growth in sidewalk joints for many years?

Has anyone successfully used polymeric sand for sidewalk joints (specifically to prevent weeds)? This is in an urban environment - this would be between the curb and the sidewalk, between sidewalk ...
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Sidewalk directing water toward foundation

Two trees have lifted the sidewalk alongside our house, angling the sidewalk toward the foundation. When it rains heavily (rare), water pools against the cinder block foundation and seeps into the ...
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How do I fix this sinking walkway?

My cement walkway is slowly sinking as the dirt has given way with erosion. Is there a DIY friendly way to fix it? My one thought was using a carjack to lift it up then filling with dirt and slowly ...
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What is this pipe with wires in my new house side yard

Not sure what it is. Its a pvc pipe about 1ft high and some wires wrapped around it. Its in my side yard. Any idea what it is before I ask my builder about it?
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Contractor not ready to put gravel for concrete walkway

I really need advice since I’m getting conflicting information. Can a concrete walkway be made without gravel base or ABC? When I contracted for the work I assumed that there would be gravel since I ...
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Asphalt or concrete, which job first?

I have an asphalt driveway with a concrete sidewalk meeting the edge of it. They both need to be replaced. Which job needs to happen first?
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Pebbles and paver installation for side walk

I am trying to improve my side-walk which basically goes to my backyard. Its roughly 30ft length by 4ft width. I want to install pebbles and pavers in the middle to make it look clean. I have no ...
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How can I visually conceal a crack in my concrete driveway?

There is a crack on the sidewalk and front of my garage. I want to repair or cover the crack so that everything looks even and uniform. Any ideas on how to approach this problem? Thanks in advance.
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Will old anchor holes in a concrete slab reduce its useful life?

An impaired driver jumped my curb and ripped my square mail post out of the sidewalk concrete that it was anchored into. The bolts were all ripped out of the concrete. Bolts went through the metal ...
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How can I lift a sunken paver in the middle of my driveway / patio / walkway / sidewalk?

I have a couple pavers that have sunk in my driveway. If this was close to the edge, I’d take up a few, re-level and replace. But this is in the middle of a large expanse of pavers. How can I pull up ...
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How to find heater wire cut?

I have an old and damage sidewalk with a heater wire inside it. The wire is cut somewhere but I don't know how to find where. Is there any electrical tool or way to find where is it cut? This is ...
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How to pour concrete for curved walkway to prevent cracking?

The front edge of my home slab is about 37 feet from the street. There is a 12*4 feet landing pad next to street and a 7*4 area next to front door. Originally there was a 33*4 rectangular walkway ...
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Stamped concrete is dangerously slippery

We had a contractor put in a new walkway of stamped concrete. He applied a wax coating to protect it. Now, whenever it snows the combination of snow and wax makes it extremely slippery -- like walking ...
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How can I color/style match concrete patch to old sidewalk? See image

As you can see, I attempted patching an old spalling concrete sidewalk with premix concrete patching product. I was very disappointed with the results. The color isn't remotely close to the existing ...
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Laying bricks over old concrete sidewalks

I just moved into an old house. The previous homeowner had concrete slabs as the sidewalks that are in touch with the house wall. From what I know, the concrete slabs not only provide a flat solid ...
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How to put a sidewalk on a slanted hill?

If I had to guess I would say grade along my house is about 30%. I am just wondering if there is another way besides leveling off the part for the walkway.
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Leaves in concrete showing through

We had a new concrete driveway, sidewalk, and stoop installed in late November (it is now early January). The leaves were still falling around the time of the installation so I asked the contractor if ...
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Repairing/Replacing Concrete Sidewalk Expansion Material

I have several expansion joints in my home’s concrete sidewalks that need to be repaired/refilled. There is a lot of info regarding this out on Internet…too much in fact. I can’t determine from ...
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Can I build a concave mortared-stone sidewalk that will also act as a drainage flume?

I recently had a landscaping company install a mortared-stone drainage flume on the interior of a retaining wall at my house: It looks great and works just as well. It naturally has me wondering ... ...
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Can I make my stamped concrete a uniform color if there are pieces that are different colors?

This is my front walkway. Originally this stamped concrete was installed and colored the same, but at one point the previous owners had to replace a section of it and the color job they tried wasn't ...
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Good, affordable pathway materials for sidewalk with tree root problems

I recently moved into my first home. Unfortunately, the concrete slab pathway leading from the town sidewalk to the front door is buckling from the roots of an enormous pine tree that grows near it. ...
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How do I patch a hole in concrete sidewalk over open tunnel?

There is a sidewalk running over an old tunnel. It's near a grade school, and is used often by faculty and students. The tunnel is completely open, but blocked at both ends so there is no access ...
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What is the minimum thickness a new top layer of concrete should be when poured over an existing concrete walkway?

Parts of a concrete walkway leading up to the front of the house have sunk down over the years. We want to add a layer of new concrete over the old concrete to raise it and make it more even. What is ...
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Hiding rain drain pipe below the sidewalk

I have a 100mm pipe (4") that comes under the garage ramp and outputs the rain water to the street. My problem is that I couldn't have the pipe goes straight to the street because of the slope needed, ...
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How do I shave down a sidewalk?

I have a sidewalk where one of the sections that was repaired by a previous homeowner is raised up above the surrounding sections. I've seen some sites on the internet talking about shaving down the ...
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Use Rigid Foam Underneath Sidewalk to Control Water

hoping to get some opinions on this. I recently dug up a wall of my house as I was having water problems. It's been now sealed, backfilled, and I'm debating how to refinish the top layer. It used to ...
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How can I prevent flooding in my house when it rains heavily?

My sidewalk slops downward from the street to the house, so when it rains heavily, water comes into the house. Not sure how to fix this situation without it costing an arm and a leg. Any suggestions?
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What can I do about this gap between my driveway and the street?

I have a low car and the ditch between my driveway and the street is pretty big. I usually enter my car in reverse at a very steep angle as to not have it scrape the lower front. My neighbors park ...
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How can I prevent water from pooling in the street in front of my house?

I have a problem with water pooling in front of my house. Between my Sprinklers and the rain there is always a puddle where my lawn meets the street. What do you think is the best way to stop this ...
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How do I get rust stains off my driveway?

I used fertilizer with iron and, unfortunately, didn't sweep adequately afterwards. Afterwards I ran my sprinklers and now my driveway and sidewalk are peppered with unsightly rust stains. What are ...
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What tools and techniques are required for moving & re-sloping a cement slab walkway?

My next "shape up" project for my house is moving and re-sloping the concrete slab walkway that goes around my house. I am wondering what tools would be handy for this job. I'll need to get a pry ...
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