Repairing brick and fieldstone steps

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  1. Apr 18, 2016 #1

    krishmunn

    krishmunn

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    Hi

    The steps to our house have taken a toll with harsh winter of last couple of years.
    I think what added to it is two heavy door mats which trapped water under them.

    Bricks were coming loose and so I removed bricks and fieldstones . I can see solid concrete block under that which is not damaged .

    Here are my questions --

    1) Some of the spots seem to have very strong mortar . Do I need to remove those too (will need a demo hammer) or only the loose crumbling ones

    2) The fieldstones seem to be resting on a bed of sand. Is that something normal , and should I lay fieldstones like that ?

    3) I can see two holes on two corners --might be just crumbling mortar but I am wondering if it can be something like weep holes ?

    4) Can I use something other than fieldstones ? If so, what (with a similar thickness)

    5) Should I use N type cement mortar or S type ?

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