Cement repairs bond fairly well, but you need to choose your material
carefully. First, old chipped concrete is inherently dirty. Start your
repair by chipping down to fresh unexposed concrete. Chisel a few
grooves if you can to key the repair in place. Build a form. You should
have a HIGH STRENGTH concrete patch or mortar mix on hand, which you
bought at Menards, Home Depot or wherever. Mix what you need and follow
directions on the bag precisely, not too dry, nor too wet. Dampen the
chiseled area and pat it dry or use a bit of compressed air if you
have it available. Trowel on your mortar and smooth off and work out
the bubbles. Let it alone for a couple of days and take off the forms.
A little work with a mason's mortar stone will smoooth off the little
imperfections and you're good to go. HTH
Adding to the advice above I would install two or more anchor pins to help
reinforce the patch. Depending on the size of the patch these pins would
vary in size from large tapcon screws to 3/8" rebar.
No matter what you do it is not going to last forever.
yeah the tapcons help, wait about a month then seal the entire steps
with a liberal covering of thompsons water seal.
if a collapse of this step would be very dangerous, like the top step
of 10 making it a long fall or you are planning on selling the home
your probably better off replacing the steps.
buyers, home inspectors and lawyers if someone falls will make your
given all that i have fixed some successfully for over 10 years.
the trouble is the base material concrete you attach patch to weakens
so futher failuire is guaranteed
Yeah, just like a dentist putting a pin in a broken tooth, so the crown has
something to hold on to.
For a small chip or spalled area, tapcons. If the whole corner of the step
is missing, rent a hammer drill, and epoxy a stud or loop of rebar in there.
Make sure the stud doesn't stick out further than you want the patch to
cover. Pay attention to what everyone said about breaking or grinding the
surface, so the patch is bonding with a freshly exposed edge. If it is
weathered, the patch will fail. The stud or loop is to hold the patch on,
with only a hairline crack, if the old to new joint doesn't survive the
first hard frost or 100-degree day.
How big is this step, anyway? If it is small, it might not be much more work
to bust it out and pour a new one, and then it would never fail. Sakcrete is
Yes. The other posters have already responded. I confirm and agree with
all they said.
If a small repair using tapcons buy one long enough to leave at least half
of the new pour encased around the head.
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