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ppomerl
We have a concrete patio with a hand troweled colored concrete overlay. Unfortunately, we have several low areas that are holding water and the overlay is chipping off. We've had bids for grinding those areas down and redoing the overlay, but then we'd have to restrain the whole area. The next contractor said " no, no, no" and we'd have to replace the whole patio. We are doing a big relandscaping and don't want to have to tear everything up again in a couple of years. Any one have experience trying to repair overlay?
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larisuski

I have a 40s row house in SF. The house is halfway in the middle of a 30% grade street. The house is on concrete and brick and appears to be very secure, what with numerous earthquakes and no damage. The back lower level, called a basement in most places, has a concrete slab built up to match the back door (about 3 1/2 feet above yard) and the this is breaking up and appears to be a 3 to 4 inch slab of concrete on a block and concrete box filled with dirt, which in my neighborhood is mostly sand. I would like to cut the concrete and use throughout my back garden area to create a dirt-free walk through plantings. I don't require symmetry, just hate to have someone drag broken concrete through my nice family room which is the only exit. I am concerned that the back "porch" may be part of what is holding the house in place. Last contractor was unskilled, so don't know who to ask. Any ideas on how to tell if the home is dependent upon the back 25 foot slab and block "porch?" Thanks!

Lari

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larisuski

One more thing, our basement/garage level is about 5 feet below the street level, so we are on a down-hill from the street to the back. I don't want to enhance opportunity for this house to shift.

Lari

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