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Does Your Sidewalk Look More Like Stair Steps? What You Can Do

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Your sidewalk should be a pathway that you can walk across easily. If your sidewalk looks more like a set of stairs rather than a smooth pathway, it can make walking across the sidewalk more difficult for you or others. Those uneven parts of the sidewalk can cause you or someone else to fall and cause injury. To repair your sidewalk, you may need a full tear-out and replacement if they are in bad shape, or you may be able to repair the sidewalk yourself. Read on for helpful instructions to guide you to repair your sidewalk.

Tools And Materials For The Job:

  • Fine gravel
  • Shovel
  • Level
  • Concrete caulking
  • Sand
  • Rubber mallet
  • Tamper

Instructions:

  1. To start, take a good look at your sidewalk and how out of shape it really is. If it's cracked or crumbling, making adjustments to the sidewalk sections may not do you any good. If they just need to be lifted here and there, this is something you can do on your own. Mark the areas that need to be adjusted using chalk.
  2. Next, take your shovel and dig out and around the sections of sidewalk that are high or are low. If you can, remove the entire section without breaking it. If this isn't possible, use a helper to hold up the section while you get to work on the area below.
  3. If the area below is too high, you'll need to dig out the dirt and add sand and then fine gravel over the top to level out the sidewalk section. Use a tamper to tamp the gravel, then replace the section, using a rubber mallet to carefully tamp it into place. Check to be sure it is level using your level.
  4. Move to the next section, repeating the same process to level out each sidewalk section. If the sidewalk is too low, you'll need to add dirt, sand, and then fine gravel to level it with the other sections.
  5. When you are finished, use the concrete caulking to caulk in between each section to fill in the gaps between. If the gaps are too large, it can cause water and debris to get between the sections and cause the unevenness. Smooth the caulk with your finger.

If you have an uneven sidewalk, it can be both dangerous and an eyesore. Make the repairs yourself, or have the entire sidewalk replaced by a professional sidewalk contractor


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