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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 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