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If you have sidewalks or driveways of a certain age you have these--wood expansion joints! These are important as they allow the concrete to expand and contract without cracking. Unfortunately, time and the elements take their toll on them. Eventually they rot and break and should be replaced.
There are a number of reasons to replace them. Having a strong solid expansion joint helps with the following:
There are at least three methods to replace the wood expansion joints. Each has its pros and cons but we settled on flexible vinyl gaskets due because it was very homeowner friendly, required no special tools or drying time.
Check out the UPDATE video, 3 years later
We were very pleased with the outcome of this maintenance project. It was a very doable DIY for us and I'm sure it would be for others. We especially like that it can be finished very quickly, needs few tools, and the results look really good!
Please note: We are not sponsored by any of the companies/products that we used. These products were picked and bought by us.
FYI: We are not professionals, and we don’t claim to be. This is what we found worked for our project. Yours may need a little different approach. Safety first!
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