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Old 11-13-2011, 05:52 AM   #1
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Pouring a sidewalk - Piles for frost heave?


Like it says I am going to be pouring new sidewalks. Will it be sufficient to pour piles down past the frost line & then pour the sidewalk on top? Or should I be putting gravel down as well?
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Pouring a sidewalk - Piles for frost heave?


No ned for piles and any excessive depth. A sidewalk is a "floating structure", just like a street or highway. Small amounts of movement are usually tolerated. Make sure you have some well draining soild road base, etc. under the sidewalk especially if you have moist and/or sub-base.

Make sure you have a joint between the sidewalk and a structure.

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Pouring a sidewalk - Piles for frost heave?


Do you mean tie the sidewalk to the house with rebar?
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No -
I'm pretty, sure "concretemasonry" is referring to an "expansion joint"
type of material.
You probably don't want to "pin" the sidewalk to the house (with rebar) -
as stated above - the sidewalk is a "floating structure".

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