Proper sidewalk construction

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by VO Landscape Design, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. VO Landscape Design

    VO Landscape Design LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Mt. Pleasant Ia.
    Messages: 366

    A local construction company is replacing the sidewalks from our new road construction. What is the proper way to prep and pour. It seems like they are putting down about 2" of gravel, tamping and then pouring. Is that all that is needed? They will be doing our side of the street starting soon. The other side looks uneven and just plain bad.
  2. 2brothersyardcare

    2brothersyardcare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,116

    have to have expansion joints
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    That's about right for prep on a concrete sidewalk. The surprise is that they tamped it. Most guys I know just use 2"-4" of pea gravel and just pour on top after raked out.

    The real question is how strong is the concrete they are using. If they are using fiber reinforcement, then the thing should stay true and strong.

    Mt. Pleasant Eh? I grew up across the river in IL. Dated a girl from Mt. Pleasant for a while back in the day.

  4. BradLewisLawnCare

    BradLewisLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    1/2 in rebar 4000 lb per sq inch and expansion joints. Usually they at least do a cut/edge every 4ft w expansion every 12. But more the better
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    DIXIECONTRACTING LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 283

    Maybe some Steel Wire Remesh
  6. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,197

    12' is way over kill. More is better huh? How often do you want it? Every 4'? LOL
  7. BradLewisLawnCare

    BradLewisLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
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    LOL. I know how that can be interpreted. I meant typically i put it in every 3 4 foot sections. The more expansion joints in his sidewalk construction the better to eliminate cracking and freeze thaw problems. I am from NY. So We get a lot of freezing.

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