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May. 3rd, 2007

I have concrete steps leading from the porch to the sidewalk. That's pretty common in houses of the era, and the steps are original, meaning that they're 85 years old or so. And they've had a lot of weather, small cracks have become larger cracks, the interior concrete has turned into mostly sand. A large chunk has broken loose from the top step.

I've fixed the steps before, in different places. Last year I fixed windelina's front steps, at least enough to get them past inspection (how's that holding up anyway?), and probably six years ago or so I made some repairs to my own steps that are holding pretty well.

But as part of the whole front porch repair, I have plans to redo the front steps. Unfortunately that means tearing off the old steps completely, digging seriously deep footings, and pouring new steps. At the time I drew up the plans, I did not know that it required that depth of work or I wouldn't have done it.

But the inspector is coming. And I really need to fix the steps before she gets there. So my plan is to do some work on them this weekend when I have a larger chunk of time available. I need to break out the rotted concrete, power-wash it to get all the loose stuff out, chemically clean it so it can bond to the new 'crete, add reinforcement, set molds, mix and pour. It's more work than I can comfortably fit in an evening after work, but it's good for a weekend.

Of course, this weekend it's supposed to rain. I suspect that I will be burning a tarp (or at least some plastic sheeting) to make a work tent.

I have a bunch of rebar that I can use to make a frame. Or at least corner poles.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 3rd, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
i like the word "rebar"
May. 3rd, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
Sorta like what happens when you're at the bar, but you have to go home and get your wallet, but then you come back and drink more.
May. 3rd, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
May. 4th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)
My sugguestion
Throw everything out and make steps out of green treated lumber.
May. 4th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
Re: My sugguestion
Yes, but green treated lumber still needs footings, so you're back to concrete work anyway. Treated though it may be, it's still only good for 5-6 years if it's on bare ground.
May. 4th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
If you need the old concrete hauled away, I'd be happy to do it if you sponsored me with the Red Ribbon Ride or the MS Society.

Yes, I know I'm a whore, but it's for a cause. And I have dump truck. That makes me a dump truck whore.
May. 5th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
What do you need from me for a sponsorship?

And we should talk. I have a lot of concrete that will need to be hauled away before I do a garage...
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