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Old 06-09-2013, 09:02 AM   #16
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Wow...this project has gotten a whole lot bigger than i originally thought. Anyway, I thought I'd thank everyone for their comments and guidance and provide an update.



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This is where I left things late yesterday. I had already filled the holes with pea gravel before I read these replies. Obviously I didn't knock out the "webbing" within the cinder blocks. But I only poured gravel so that at its highest point it would still be at least 4" deep. I figured that the poured concrete could be 4" deep in *some* spots, at least (while only 2" from the top of the cinder blocks).

Even after drilling holes (Swiss cheesing) stubborn bits, hammering it with a sledge, and stabbing at it with a 16 pound pointy rod, I couldn't get all the old concrete removed. So, in some spots it's even less than 2".

There is "expansion stuff" where the driveway meets the garage, so that edge is pretty clean. However, the edge that goes into the garage is not. It is uneven and slopes. I'm looking into renting a gas powered wet circular saw to cut an even, clean edge. But I'm not sure what lies beneath. I suspect more hollow cinder blocks. I may opt to just leave it "as is".

Right now I don't have any rebar or L-hooks or dowels or anything to help strengthen or support any poured concrete. And I may not get any, either.

Our house was built in the 20s. I'm not sure about the garage but I suspect it is old, too. I'm just a regular guy that gives small repairs the "college try". Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail and have to call in the experts to save the day. Either way, I always learn a lot.

For this particular project, I figure that the awful job that was left for me by someone else to find yesterday lasted as long as it did. So a similar awful job by me should last just as long (or at least until we move in 3-4 years). Thus, against advice and doing things the proper "one time job" way, I may opt for a "quick fix".

Look for another post here on the same topic by whoever lives in our house in 2020.

Thanks again for all the info. I do appreciate it and gave learned a lot...which I may use sometime in the future.

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No, it's not at all likely there will be any more blocks found in the direction of your garage slab, only left and right in a line with those already there.
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That is the way you want to be remembered by future buyers? You this way in your regular job?

Sorry, but that speaks volumes about character... kind of the way Obama is approaching running our country.

Please rethink that attitude... you don't sound like that kind of guy.

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