Thursday, January 31, 2013

Repairing Brick Steps

Repairing brick steps can seem intimidating , but with a little know how and some patients you can do it.  When properly maintained a masonry porch/steps can last for several decades and beyond.  One of the main reasons for major damage,  is cracks that appear on the surface. Not attended to immediately  this will lead to structural damage of the block. Once the block have been compromised  it usely leads to a total rebuild, costing thousands of dollars.  If you have loose brick or stone on the treads or cracks now is the time to take action.  You can go to your local hardware store or one of the home improvement chains to get supplies. Remember the tools that you need are probably only going to be used a few times, so don't spend a lot money on them.   After using  them keep them clean and dry and you'll have them for next time.
Tools & Material needed
Small tarp
Mason trowel
Brick jointer
Tape Measure
Small level
Mason line
Sponge & 5 gallon bucket
Bag of ready mix mortar type S
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Caulk any remaining cracks and voids on porch with a clear sealant.
Now that you have repaired it, keep it from further damage and apply a waterproof sealant.This can be sprayed on or applied with paint roller.

Quick Tip: Never use rock salt on masonry use calcium chloride

1 comment:

  1. Very nice and clear slide show. Very helpful for getting a sense of the project before diving in! Thanks so much.

    (I wish the text stayed on the screen a little longer, but that's what "pause" is for.)