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Old 07-28-2010, 12:30 PM   #1
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My home's front entrance consists of several big stones.
There are some gaps betweens the big stones.
Please suggest solutions to the problems.
The gap as shown in the attached files 1 and 2 is between concrete and stone, should I cover the gap with concrete?
The gaps as shown in the attached files 3, 4 and 5 are between adjacent stones. I had moved the stones last year horizontally so that there are no gaps. However, the gap reappear this year.
Another problem is that the stones are not even vertically. I had moved the stones last year and leveled the small stones underneath, then moved the stones back. However, the stones become uneven vertically again this year.
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Old 07-28-2010, 06:46 PM   #2
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I suggest that you look at some magazines at the library to get a few ideas---

obviously the slabs have to go---a concrete step will look nice---paving blocks are a friendly DIY project

You need to look at other houses and get an inspiration---Mike---

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Does someone need to get in via wheel chair, or is there a reason for the sloped entrance? I would dig out the slope and create a step if possible. Can still use the big blocks and it will look much cleaner.
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Does someone need to get in via wheel chair, or is there a reason for the sloped entrance? I would dig out the slope and create a step if possible. Can still use the big blocks and it will look much cleaner.
There is no one to get in via wheel chair. When I bought the house, it had the sloped entrance.
Do you mean dig out the slope and create a step but keep all the big blocks?
Should I cover the gap between concrete and stone (shown in the attached files 1 and 2) with concrete?

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Those 6 stippled concrete slabs look like they will just left up and they seem to be laying on a traditional concrete slab. I would remove the inclined underslab and just reinstall the stippled units on a good base.
If the slab by the door is properly pitched away from the house, you can seal the gap with a self leveling sealer that's used to replace old expansion joints. Masonary supply stores sell it as well as Home Depot. If the slot is deep, install some backing rod(comes in many widths) so you don't need to fill more then an inch with the sealer.
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Actually in your last pic it looks as though the slope is made with bricks as a base, in which case the job is easy. I would pull up the big slabs, remove the slope vie digging dirt, pulling bricks, or breaking concrete depending on what you find, then lay the big slabs back down flat. You'll have a step up to your porch but I think it will look cleaner.

Ron answered your gap question.
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I agree with Mike, those slabs have to go. Time to put your design hat on. I can see a nice little deck coming off that front door.
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Those 6 stippled concrete slabs look like they will just left up and they seem to be laying on a traditional concrete slab. I would remove the inclined underslab and just reinstall the stippled units on a good base.
If the slab by the door is properly pitched away from the house, you can seal the gap with a self leveling sealer that's used to replace old expansion joints. Masonary supply stores sell it as well as Home Depot. If the slot is deep, install some backing rod(comes in many widths) so you don't need to fill more then an inch with the sealer.
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How to determine whether the slab by the door is properly pitched away from the house?
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Actually in your last pic it looks as though the slope is made with bricks as a base, in which case the job is easy. I would pull up the big slabs, remove the slope vie digging dirt, pulling bricks, or breaking concrete depending on what you find, then lay the big slabs back down flat. You'll have a step up to your porch but I think it will look cleaner.

Ron answered your gap question.
Yes, the slope is made with bricks as a base.
Underneath the big slabs are small stones.
Do I level the bricks, then add small stones underneath the big slabs if necessary?
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How to determine whether the slab by the door is properly pitched away from the house?
Pour water on the slab and see which way it flows. It should flow away fro the door.
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