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Old 06-13-2012, 06:15 PM   #1
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Was had our driveway redone with a curb1/2 way down to pull water away from the yard. After several weeks, we figured the curb needed to go down the whole driveway as we were getting gullies in the yard where the water from driveway was running off. The new curb works perfectly and the water runs down the street. The problem is, the new curb has a deep crack running down the length and is even chipping away in some places and is only about 5 weeks old we have come to. Find out they didn't use an expansion joint or anything else to tie the two concrete pours together. Their solution was to saw cut 1/2" in between the two and add caulk - but it has been suggested by our handyman that the caulk will have to be replaced every couple of years and will quickly look cruddy - which would be unacceptable to us. We have invested a lot in our home and maintain it immaculately and do not want a sloppy job.
My long drawn out question is should the curb be taken out and redone properly?
Any other suggestions?

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I'm thinking for the add on curb they should have drilled in some re bar into the first slab to give the new curb something to grab to.

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Yes, but I was trying to figure out a solution to the problem....
thanks though
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Was had our driveway redone with a curb1/2 way down to pull water away from the yard. After several weeks, we figured the curb needed to go down the whole driveway as we were getting gullies in the yard where the water from driveway was running off. The new curb works perfectly and the water runs down the street. The problem is, the new curb has a deep crack running down the length and is even chipping away in some places and is only about 5 weeks old we have come to. Find out they didn't use an expansion joint or anything else to tie the two concrete pours together. Their solution was to saw cut 1/2" in between the two and add caulk - but it has been suggested by our handyman that the caulk will have to be replaced every couple of years and will quickly look cruddy - which would be unacceptable to us. We have invested a lot in our home and maintain it immaculately and do not want a sloppy job.
My long drawn out question is should the curb be taken out and redone properly?
Any other suggestions?



Can you post a picture of the problem??
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I'm sure they did something to connect the to. Rebar pins....Pic would be helpful but, in a case like this you would have a crack going the length of it. Its called a cold joint. You should cut a control joint down it, so it's straight. If it's a very large crack (you can fit a credit card in it), it need to be removed. Caulking, if you want to caulk the control joint that's fine, just make it bigger than a typical cut joint. Also, they don't sell a caulking at home depot or lowes that will work. That's stuff that makes you think it's caulking, but it's a nice way for them to take your money instead of robbing you at gun point. Find a specialty concrete supply store and buy a self leveling caulking from them.
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