Who wants some urbanite?


We built our home seven years ago. Almost immediately our 50×9 foot covered front porch begin its graceful slump towards the middle. Due to the slab not being pinned into the foundation along the inside edge the whole damned thing has settled almost six inches right under the threshold of our front door.

Our general contractor has his own unique set of problems, so any solution to this problem can only be corrected by our own efforts. So we have decided to do our first big project on our home since initial construction. We plan on enclosing the front porch. Not just screening it in. We’ll be installing new double hung windows and adding cultured stone to the knee wall around its perimeter.

After taking a few hundred whacks at the slab with a sixteen pound sledge, my back decided to call in a more qualified tool for the job.


Making quick work of the slab our friend PJ charged us for two hours on a job that would have taken me all day, if not longer, with a rented jack hammer.

So the view will start looking a whole lot different before too long.

As soon as I get all this crap hauled out we can get started with a properly set up pour of a new slab. Or if someone would like some freshly cut urbanite I’ll be happy to let them come and get all we have.

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7 Comments

  1. edifice rex said,

    September 26, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Ooooooh!! before that top photo even fully loaded I saw and recognized the hammer and first thought was, oh, noooo. hate to see what you are going to have to go through to fix this. didn't look like they even put any mesh or rebar in that slab either? or could i just not see? I tell ya, if I was closer I sure help you reform that slab and pour.btw, love the milk can/stone slab table in previous post. beautiful!

  2. Woody said,

    September 26, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    There was mesh and rebar around the outside edge but nothing against the front of the house. It just dipped in the center and pushed up the corners to the point of screwing up the trim at the siding corner and putting a little torque twist to the end posts. The wire sank in the pour so it isn't too bad as far as removal. I sure do wish you were closer…any help is good help.The slab table is our old fireplace hearth…worked out good.peace

  3. edifice rex said,

    September 27, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    you know woody, with that slab dropping THAT much, i wonder was the fill properly tamped before poured on. Even without dowels in foundation, it shouldn't have settled that much. sounds like they threw fill in and didn't even compact.

  4. Woody said,

    September 27, 2009 at 11:26 PM

    You're 100% correct. River gravel with about six inches of crushed limestone on top. Live and learn the hard way. I remember pulling all sorts of scrap out of the hole before it was filled. Some people just don't give a damn to do the right thing.

  5. Ed said,

    September 28, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Sore back using a sledgehammer? I'm guessing you will get the same hauling all that away. I know I would. Never heard the term urbanite before today. I think it is a very appropriate term for what you are referring too though.

  6. Woody said,

    September 29, 2009 at 5:00 AM

    I was hoping that "urbanite" might spark a Tom Sawyerish response to hauling all that crap out…no luck!

  7. Leigh said,

    September 30, 2009 at 8:29 PM

    Wow, what a job. It's a shame it sank in the first place, but it sounds as though you have a better plan in mind.


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