An interesting thing happened one night. Yes, 1 night before we moved in, after we had refinished the floors, painted walls and got the house in shape enough to move in. We showed up to find the sidewalk had been barricaded.
A letter was posted to the barricade, with the previous owners named redacted with a black marker, but clearly articulating a “trip hazard” or two had been reported and requesting contact to fix the said trip hazard or else…. Obvious no one had contacted them, infact it went ignored, passing it off to us. It of course didn’t say what the or else was, but clearly the city would come and fix the trip hazard at a probably at something above the going rate.
So the next morning I called and found a very helpful gentleman, who quickly came over to explain the issues. He was very cooperative and understood we were just moving in. He was very flexible at how the sidewalk needed to be fixed, which was basically a quick cut, pry up the bad and poor down the new, but at a smooth transition from one section to other so there was no trip hazards. He gave me an extension of about 2 months, but asked that I keep him updated, but the barricades must remain til it was fixed.
Well we let it got a couple weeks, but it’s a pain to have the sidewalks barricaded. people then walk through your yard, get mad, kick at the barricades (like they thought I put them there). We have some great friends who had experience with sawing concrete and understood what to do. And who else was helpful? that’s right, Home Depot, went there and rented a concrete saw, and a blade. They showed us how to use it and how to make the job quick and easy. We initially had been set up with some wafer type blades, but when we went out the door he realized that they weren’t the right size and he put a diamond blade on it for us at no extra charge. We were not good at estimating resources, because we grossly missed the amount of quickcrete we needed and had to make 2 additional trips to get the right amount. But if that’s the worst of our problems, we are pretty lucky.
It was a relatively clear day, not a downpour, but dry enough for us to pour the quickcrete and cover it with plastic so it could cure over the weekend.
I tell you, the saw cut like butter, he scored it, then cut again likety split. The long work with prying it up. We didn’t have a long enough pry bar to get all the leverage needed, but our friend headed to his shop and had a long metal pole that did the job. We put our teenager to work chipping at the blocks to come up. I figure those types of experiences are good so they have just enough pain to realize, that’s not what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Call it motivation to stay in school and get a quality education so you don’t have to do things like that when you grow up.
A bit of bender board and as I mentioned 2 trips to Home Depot for quickcrete and sidewalk was mended. The trip hazard eliminated. The city was good about coming out on that Monday to pick up the barricades and you would never know there was one. A job well done by everyone and so glad this project is behind us.
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