Grind It. Cut It. Fix It. Sidewalk Repair

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Smoothing the Boardwalk in San Diego, CA!

22 May, 2007 (19:26) | City Sidewalk Requirements., City Sidewalk Resources, General, Safety | By: sidewalker

On a pleasant 15-MAY-2007 afternoon walk along Mission Bay’s “Boardwalk” we had an excellent opportunity to see how well a public walkway can be maintained with the Sidewalk Savers system of Diamond Cup Grinding.     The “Boardwalk”, of course, is actually made of concrete and it is used regularly by walkers, joggers, bicyclists, skate-boarders, in-line skaters, wheelchair riders, and parents pushing baby strollers.     All of these users have one common need, a smooth walkway with no bumps or “stub-toe” trip hazards.



Here we can see an area where many hazards have been eliminated by grinding.   It is amazing to think of how many skinned and bloody young knees were avoided by this simple 20 minute correction over the past year!     The only loser in this case is the Band-Aid Business!



A pickup truck, a wagon, and a few thousand dollars worth of equipment would be enough to get started saving public walkways and park sidewalks from the threats of stub-toe trip hazard liability.    

Whether it is done by the cities themselves or by sub-contracted service providers, the ongoing maintenance is readily accomplished at a fraction of the costs of removal and replacement.      What other business offers an endless supply of fixed location workpieces to be repaired by such a simple procedure as diamond grinding?      Isn’t it time for states, counties, and cities to demand that the hazards be eliminated rather than painted with “alert orange” paint?

Grind It. Cut It. Fix It. ™

City engineers and maintenance agencies are welcome to visit  for a complete list of everything they need to get started. We look forward to hearing or reading comments on your own experiences.       



Comment from sidewalker
Time: August 16, 2007, 10:38 am

It seems that the reduced building levels that we are seing today would be a perfect opportunity for the construction workers to perform Sidewalk Saver operations. We are getting calls from people who are looking for workers to provide Sidewalk Saving as a Service. Perhaps it is time to add the names of qualified Construction Workers to the List of Sidewalk Savers as they fill in this Construction Dead Time. Please insert your name here:_________________________________________

Comment from Neopresent-new
Time: July 11, 2008, 9:10 pm

Good day to all

Comment from sidewalker
Time: July 12, 2008, 10:27 am

Good Day to you as well.


Comment from sidewalker
Time: August 27, 2008, 1:48 pm

Things tend to move in Cycles, so, if you are referring to the current building levels, then yes this downturn will end.

Of course, there will always be Sidewalks moving according to the many physical factors such as ground settling, freeze-thaw cycles in areas other than San Diego, and Tree Roots lifting the sidewalks, as well as simple wear and tear or errosion of the concrete itself.

Bottom line: there will always be a need to “Fine Tune” the sidewalks and eliminate the Stub-Toe Trip Hazards whenever they occur. Sidewalk Saving is an on-going process. This makes it worthwhile for every property manager to have a set of Sidewalk Saver Equipment available to grind the sidewalks as soon as it becomes necessary.



Comment from theedger
Time: September 11, 2008, 1:08 pm

It seems no matter what the topic everyone wants to give their veiwpoint of how they would do it, and this is the perfect place for those ideas.

I love reading what other people think about it gives me a constant source for new ideas in my job.:)

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