My husband and I just took up an old sidewalk next to our house which exposed some of the brick foundation that had previously been covered up. We now see that there are lots of bricks missing, and lots of mortar missing between the bricks. My father-in-law wants to immediately pour another concrete sidewalk and immediately cover up the problem. He suggests that we just pour the concrete directly next to the house (no forms, no drainage, no expansion joints) and let the concrete fill in all the gaps left by the missing bricks and mortar. I think this is a horrible idea as I think this will cause a lot of pressure against the bricks and the basement walls and create all kinds of problems. Any thoughts? Is there some sort of flexible material that we can put down first to fill the gaps, or should we re-tuck and point everything (with the right type of mortar) before proceeding? (And if we proceed, any thoughts on how the new sidewalk should be poured?)
Our house was built in 1917 and we live in Columbus, Ohio.
Any comments (soon!) are appreciated as the open/missing bricks and mortar are now exposed to the elements, and my father-in-law wants to lay the new sidewalk next week!