LESLIE: Jan in Michigan needs some help with a patio. What happened?
JAN: Oh, well I have a patio that’s quite old; it’s about 20 years old. And they used pavers and in between each paver they grouted it with mortar.
TOM and LESLIE: OK.
JAN: And it’s all broken up. I’m tired of killing the weeds. I’m always trying to kill the weeds. I’m tired of it. So I asked the one landscape guy in our town to come and could he fix it and he said, “Yeah.” So he brought a bag of like quickset cement and brushed it in and watered it and that didn’t work at all. Now it’s worse than ever because he had powerwashed it before he did that; so now I have these big, old gaping holes where the mortar was (Tom chuckles) and plus the weeds. So I have everything.
TOM: Alright. That’s what happens when you call 1-800-SOME-GUY (all chuckle) to come fix it, you know?
TOM: You know there’s a product for this that QUIKRETE makes. It …
LESLIE: Mm-hmm, it’s called Joint-Lock; PowerLoc jointing sand.
TOM: It’s a sand that basically you sweep in and then you do water it, but it has a polymer in it so it solidifies and stops the weeds from growing back up.
LESLIE: Mm-hmm, but it’s sort of still kind of flexible; so as it moves about with pressure from walking it’s not going to crack apart. If you do ever need to change out a paver, you can sort of break that seal and pull out the stone without having to deal with a major concreting issue.
JAN: OK, thank you so much. I’ll try that fix.
TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.