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Fiche 06-12-2011 06:27 PM

Front Step help
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My front step is falling apart. I wanted to know if some one can tell me the best way of fixing it.

joecaption 06-13-2011 05:03 AM

There is no just fixing that one. The slab needs to be removed and be replaced. Looks like salt damage to me.

itsreallyconc 06-14-2011 11:40 AM

you can rebuild it w/polymer-modified cement resurfacing however you won't find anything acceptable at either an apron OR vest store,,, look for something at a pro const supply house,,, we do this work all the time using eliteCrete products.

CharlieO 06-14-2011 03:55 PM

Sika corp. makes all kinds of concrete patching products, I use them all the time.
Sika Top 122 plus is probably your best bet for this application if you just want to patch the stoop.
Sika has a training section on there web site.

triumphant1 06-21-2011 07:40 AM

Don't bother with rebuilding! Go new or that slab will do it again.. do you live in the northeast??

triumphant1 06-21-2011 07:41 AM

nevermind, clearly your bio says pittsburgh!

itsreallyconc 06-21-2011 08:10 AM

well, there you have it - you asked repair & triumphant1 opines for replacement,,, obviously he sees sinking we don't,,, just repair it & don 't worry about the guy from gnu yawk :rofl:

triumphant1 06-22-2011 06:52 AM

well if tacky is your look :D ... rub on the filler!

itsreallyconc 06-22-2011 07:04 AM

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pay attn 'cause i'm only going to say this once,,, if you don't know what you're talking about, its often best to keep quiet,,, its VERY doubtful those manufacturing, distributing, & selling repair cements would still be in biz IF the stuff didn't work,,, its accepted by DOT's everywhere incl nyc & nys,,, also very doubtful we'd still be using it after 39yrs if it didn't work !

DavidChristensen 06-22-2011 11:46 AM

Repair of concrete
Good call by 'itsreallyconc.'

There are good products available. Look up your local mason supply house or builders supply (not big box stores) and ask them what their customers (the pros -like 'itsreallyconc') use. Companies that do this work for a living have to stand behind their work. Use what they use.

To repair or replace -is always the question. Depends upon your needs and resources. Your photo doesn't show any great cracks. If true (can't see it that well) it'll be way cheaper to fix it up.

I had a set of concrete steps that were cracked and a couple chunks missing from the edge of a couple of the steps. I used a 1/4" masonry bit and drilled / placed a plastic wall anchor in a couple of places where the chunks were missing -then drove a two inch screw in each, leaving about 1-1/2" hanging out. Around those screws I built up the cement a little the first day. A couple days later I built it up some more and finished it off. It was still there when I moved out 10 years later -which is the mail point.

David Christensen
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