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I have a crack that runs across my sidewalk. It's a very fine line and can really be seen when the cement is wet. How do I prevent it from getting worse?
 
Posts: 263 | Location: Council Bluffs, IA USA | Registered: Sep 19, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Concrete cracks, control joints are put into the concrete to force the cracks to happen in the stuck or cut joints. Is there a joint in the concrete?


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Posts: 6989 | Location: Cary, North Carolina | Registered: Sep 18, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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If it is a hairline crack, I have used a self leveling concrete crack filler. The best stuff I found I bought from the local Ready Mix concrete supply shop. Came in a caulking tube. Clean the area well and most important allow it do dry well after, then apply. If traffic is expected on the area for the first 24 hours, you can duct-tape down some flat trim boards or even cardboard on either side to keep traffic from making contact with the caulk, until it cures.
 
Posts: 9670 | Location: Plains & Mountains | Registered: Jun 08, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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But then again, this might bother you more visually, than does the crack when wet.
Some hairline cracks, simply remain that, and never grow larger. An exterior concrete sealant might be an answer too. That might seal the crack, from absorbing water and showing itself when wet. Check a pro paint store for clear exterior concrete sealers?
 
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Sparky,

I do have control joints in the concrete. The crack is more pronounced when the cement is wet. Should I just ignore it to see if it gets worse? Part of the crack goes through a stained area of the driveway.
 
Posts: 263 | Location: Council Bluffs, IA USA | Registered: Sep 19, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Tom,
As long as the ground beneath the crack doesn't shift it probably won't get worse over time.

I have two cracks across my driveway even with control joints. They formed in the first year and haven't gotten worse over the following 15 years.


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Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

I am not an employee of HGTV, nor is anyone else that posts here.

My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.

 
Posts: 6989 | Location: Cary, North Carolina | Registered: Sep 18, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I agree with the previous help, but I was wondering do you have any trees growing any where near this area? If so, the roots might be causing it to crack.

My sister had a cypress knee under driveway, amazingly it caused a whole section to upheave like a volcano! The tree was 40ft away!


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