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suggestions for making this better...

Timco Member Posts: 3,040
This was the solution for fixing a pipe in the driveway the previous guy hit when he installed this sensor. Any thoughts on making it better? It is in a $4-5 mil house and looks really bad in the front drive..I will start with a diamond, but does it need to go all the way to the ground?

Just a guy running some pipes.


  • John Parcak
    John Parcak Member Posts: 5
    4-5 Million $ Fix

    A thick piece of tile or granite in the appropriate shape would impress me if I owned a 4 to 5 million dollar home.

    Looks like you've poured in some concrete that would make a nice base for the fix.

    Good luck....JP
  • Timco
    Timco Member Posts: 3,040

    I did not pour this, it is the finished product of the previous guy. I was asked to make it look good. I am thinking about chipping out all the new cement, and cutting a diamond in the top 1" and chipping down from there CAREFULLY. Then the expansion joint material and a nice finish. Just looking for any thoughts on needing to chip all the way down, or could I just make the top 2" nice & square...

    Just a guy running some pipes.
  • bob young
    bob young Member Posts: 2,177
    brick design pattern

    how about some herringbone brick work or pavers. you need a knowledgeable mason.
  • Larry Weingarten
    Larry Weingarten Member Posts: 3,233
    I would not...

    ... cut all the way through as it would allow whatever work you do to shift with the weight of a vehicle. Cut down enough only to set some nice paver on top. Would it make sense to leave it removable for future access to the sensor?

    Yours, Larry
  • Andrew Hagen_2
    Andrew Hagen_2 Member Posts: 236

    I second the idea of hiring a mason. It would be easy to spend a lot of time on this and only marginally improve the appearance. I definitely would not trust myself to repair something like this.

  • bob young
    bob young Member Posts: 2,177

    don't make it nice-----make it a masterpiece
  • Mark Eatherton
    Mark Eatherton Member Posts: 5,853

    that DOES look like crap.

    Seeings as how money is obviously not an issue, I concur with the others. I'd hire the finest stone mason money can buy and have him set it in granite or marble or some other highly conductive, attractive stone. I think I'd also do away with the asphaltic expansion joint. If there isn't a lot of tubing below that area, the expansion joint could work against you in the way of extended run times. But, then again, if they could just burn money to melt the snow, what's the difference ;-)

    It's not so much a case of "You got what you paid for", as it is a matter of "You DIDN'T get what you DIDN'T pay for, and you're NOT going to get what you thought you were in the way of comfort". Borrowed from Heatboy.
  • Rich Kontny_3
    Rich Kontny_3 Member Posts: 562

    A concrete grinder would dress that up enough to allow for some sealer to be added. We used to use this technique when there was over pour at sewage plants etc. Many times the finished product looked like terraza.
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