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I need to seal the gap between my foundation and the concrete sidewalk. Previous owner put a bunch of tar over it and it has cracked over many places. It was such a headache to remove the tar, I will never do that again. Any suggestions?
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fill the gap with tar
wtf, I just said I had hard time removing said tar. It took me two days! And there's still a bunch stuck to the foundation & sidewalk. Give me an alternative please!
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It's from the building settling. Around here that's mostly temperature changes. Is the sidewalk concrete? How big a gap are we talking?
If its under an inch or so you can just fill it with bag concrete. If it is a wider gap than say 2 inches you might want to have it looked at by a foundation guy. There might be something more involved that's causing the shifting.
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You'd traditionally seal that kind of gap with oakum and tar, I think. That's because it needs to be flexible so the joint can shift as the foundation settles, without pulling the sidewalk in. And, yes, it's going to be a bitch getting all of the tar out, because it's not all supposed to come out unless the foundation or the sidewalk does.

You might be able to reseal it with foam or something similar, but you probably need to talk to a concrete guy about it.

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dont use concrete. they make self leveling sealants that you can apply. they act as expanding joints that cope with the freezing cycle.

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break up the concrete, fix the bed. dig it up a bit, put some 3/4" crush stone, compact it and do a thicker slab. theres a special cardboard(tar) thingy they put between concrete slabs which prevents it from cracking.

make sure theres no down spouts etc.. near said sidewalk to prevent future cracking
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Thanks for all the late replies motherfuckers. I went this morning and did it. I didn't know what to use, but I bought 3 different kinds of shit. The first one I used was the concrete sealer. Then I ran out and used the self-leveling concrete sealer. That is the one I should have been using all along! That stuff is as thin as milk shake and easily goes into the gap. The first one I used was very caulky and very messing. nouseforaname, you know what you're talking about!

Then an hour later it fricking rain. Not just rained by torrential! FUCK YOU!
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Thanks for all the late replies motherfuckers. I went this morning and did it. I didn't know what to use, but I bought 3 different kinds of shit. The first one I used was the concrete sealer. Then I ran out and used the self-leveling concrete sealer. That is the one I should have been using all along! That stuff is as thin as milk shake and easily goes into the gap. The first one I used was very caulky and very messing. nouseforaname, you know what you're talking about!

Then an hour later it fricking rain. Not just rained by torrential! FUCK YOU!
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