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SIDEWALK TRIP HAZARD

            A sidewalk trip hazard, as defined by the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) is any vertical change of 1/4" or more at a joint or crack. Federal Law requires the removal of all trip hazards from pedestrian walkways. By removing these trip hazards the property owner will significantly reduce liability concerns should someone fall and get hurt.

            The good news is that some jobs are best done by the homeowner with a good plan and a concrete grinder! It is typically too small a project for the average contractor, yet it is important the job be done on a regular basis for walkers, joggers, wheelchairs, strollers and children on skateboards.

            Concrete grinding is a great alternative to expensive removal and replacement. Grinding can be done both outdoors and indoors with the proper dust control equipment. These grinders can be used for solving a multitude of problems such as uneven joints, humps, grout build up, and uneven pours.  Or perhaps as in mine, water flows inside your garage when it rains and a grinder will easily correct the problem by generating the proper slope away from the door.

            The size of the grinder is important in determining your cost and should be appropriate for the size of your project. A hand grinder with a 5" diamond wheel can be used for minor repairs and a diamond disc grinder for smoothing out basement floors and trowel marks. Both have dustless options available for indoor use.  And for largest projects a concrete scarifier that utilizes hundreds of carbide tips on a drum will grind trip hazards on sidewalks in minutes. And remember, safety first!  Always wear protective goggles and hearing protection.  

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                                                                              Last modified: August 12, 2008