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I've been tasked this weekend with removing a concrete path in our back garden ... so I prepared myself, borrows a Kanga of one of my mates (just a small one as it's only a path) and set to it this morning ...

Only to find that the path is between 15cm and 30cm thick of solid concrete!!!! why would anyone make a footpath that thick of concrete? how long do they honestly expect it to stay there? Forever??? What do they expect to go along this path an Elephant????

Today I've managed to break up 43m ... I've got about another 35m to go and then I've got some old foundations of a greenhouse to do, I dread to think how thick that will be ... I might be on the phone asking to borrow the big one they use to dig up roads ...
 
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Chris, if you liked your concrete path and it developed a large crack, would you not be cursing whoever laid it, for not laying it thick enough? ;)
 

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The people who paid for it originally got a good deal. Find out who laid it and employ them if ever you want another path.

Believe me most "builders" who put a path down for you will use stiff cardboard.

Edit: - I seem to have posted concurrently with VO2- we are obviously of one accord.
 

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Quote:- Only to find that the path is between 15cm and 30cm thick of solid concrete!!!! why would anyone make a footpath that thick of concrete? how long do they honestly expect it to stay there? Forever??? What do they expect to go along this path an Elephant????

Maybe the house was owned by bigfoot on here?
 

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I was half hoping to find the remains of a dead body so I could ring up the police and get them to dig the rest up :thumbs:
 

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Chris, if you liked your concrete path and it developed a large crack, would you not be cursing whoever laid it, for not laying it thick enough? ;)
The people who paid for it originally got a good deal. Find out who laid it and employ them if ever you want another path.

Believe me most "builders" who put a path down for you will use stiff cardboard.

Edit: - I seem to have posted concurrently with VO2- we are obviously of one accord.

Oh yes ... and it did have some big cracks where the ground had subsided underneath it ... !!!!
 

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and the world is now back in order ... my opinion of lazy builders has come back ... as I worked down the garden the path got thinner and thinner until by the end it was only 3cm deep :rolleyes: :rolleyes: perfect :thumbs: ...

Oh and I did find a dead body ... a mouse, although I'm pretty sure that I killed it given that it's body was still warm ... I did see that 4 of his vermin brothers got away though ...
 

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and the world is now back in order ... my opinion of lazy builders has come back ... as I worked down the garden the path got thinner and thinner until by the end it was only 3cm deep :rolleyes: :rolleyes: perfect :thumbs: ...
Yep - sounds like an excellent original job to me - that's just how you would do it.


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Do you reckon the house owner was watching them at the top end, but had gone away by the time they got to the bottom? :lol:
 

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I know for a fact that they did, I was talking to my neighbour about the history of my garden, aparently it was proffesionally landscaped about 40 years ago (this path is/was about the only remaining thing left due to years of neglect from previous owners) ... it was a 2 week job and apparently the owners were there for the 1st week and went away on holiday for the second ... nuff said ...
 

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I... nuff said ...
But was there a problem with the "thinner" end?

It seems to have lasted 40 years with no problem other than being inconvenient to remove. More traffic at the top end so more robust path there.

Still sounds like a bloody good job to me.

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Now I'm no builder but ... when laying a path (or similar structure) that you want to last, I thought you had to lay down several layers, hardcore/scalpings on the bottom, followed by sand then concrete on top ...

... interestingly enough it was where the thickest concrete had been placed was the worst for subsidence/cracks, the thin concrete still looked perfect ...
 
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