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Offline losgiganteskid

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You couldn't have failed to notice that the pavements in LG have been covered over with "crazy paving" - it must have been a hard and labour intensive job over a long period of time.  It all looked quite nice when first laid but I've noticed now that in quite a few places the "grouting" in between slabs is begining to fail.

Already a portion of the pavement opposite Verdes Supermarket down town has had to have the grouting replaced (in places) ironically the pavement was not closed to pedestrians during this exercise, who had to carefully step onto each slab and not the cement between the slabs - bit of a Heath Robinson job.

Suppose for ease of work and cost the pavement was laid on to of the existing pavement, which in turn was probably laid on top of a previously laid pavement - is this why the kerb stones are particularly high ? - in the event that they will be ok when another top layer of tarmac is applied to the roads !

No doubt the ongoing job of re grouting the crazy paving will keep some Council workers gainfully employed

 The same can be said for the red brick herringbone effect for car parking by the side of the road.  A sizeable area of these bricks had to be replaced/relaid on the bend just prior to the village entrance - caused I believe by coaches bringing sightseeing to the top of the village to take snaps.  Just an observation !! 
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Re: How long are the pavements going to last ??
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2011 »
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  • I agree, a lot of the "grouting" is coming loose, but only in well defined sections, possibly suggesting a bad ratio of sand/cement.   I was here when the crazy paving was laid and, generally the old surface was removed.  At least it can be repaired, unlike the "printed" tarmac used in a lot of areas in Los G.  I have doubts about how long this will last as it is already breaking up where there is car access over it.

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    Re: How long are the pavements going to last ??
    « Reply #2 on: February 25, 2011 »
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  •    I was here when the crazy paving was laid and, generally the old surface was removed. 

    That was certainly not the case where I saw the slabs being laid - they went directly on top of the old pavement. From the entrance to the village by Colonial Park all the way down both sides of the road to down town LG - are you saying there were skips being filled with the "old" pavement ??

    I think you are correct in that a poor ratio of cement/water was used producing a weak mix plus the fact that if a setting delay compound was not used the cement could have cured too quickly in the sun resulting in cracking and  a complete breakdown of the grouting.  Me thinks this is going to be an ongoing problem
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    Re: How long are the pavements going to last ??
    « Reply #3 on: February 26, 2011 »
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  • You are probably correct on this.  I was thinking of the printed tarmac surfaces in the side streets, where the old concrete was certainly lifted.