Step 'Repair'

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Step 'Repair'

Post by sharkfat78 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:31 pm

Hey guys, new to the forum and backwards when it comes to DIY so figured I'd sign up and find out how to do things the right way before I have a go (if I think I can do it) Apologies in advance for any stupid questions.

My mid terraced house was built by the Stevie Wonder Building Co. in 1898 and the step that my front door sits on is quite worn and could ideally do with being renovated. Is this something that can be done and if so with what and how?

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Re: Step 'Repair'

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Re: Step 'Repair'

Post by sharkfat78 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:48 pm

Awesome, thanks ayjay!

So will I need to make some kind of frame/mould to hold it in place, or do I just apply it carefully and build it up in layers so to speak?
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Re: Step 'Repair'

Post by Job and Knock » Sun Jan 13, 2019 7:42 pm

Probably best to make-up a timber form - basically a level bit of timber temporarily fixed to the front of the step top hold back the mortar. Before installation this is coated (where it will contact the mortar) with a form release agent which is basically a very thin layer of wax applied then buffed off and maybe a quick wipe-over with vegetable oil. Once the mortar has set the form can be removed. You may need to fill a few voids in the front of the step afterwards
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Re: Step 'Repair'

Post by sharkfat78 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:35 pm

Top stuff, thanks guys :)
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Re: Step 'Repair'

Post by Grendel » Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:08 am

Seen this sort of thing done with indents which is in effect a stone splice although that's probably a bit over the top for this case. If you are going down the epoxy repair I'd suggest putting a few stainless screw into the step with their heads sticking out into the area that the repair will be . Mechaniiical fixing as opposed to just adhesion because the front edge is going to take a fair bit of punishment from feet or pushchairs or whatever.
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Post by Job and Knock » Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:10 am

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Good call. Forgot about that :oops:
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Re: Step 'Repair'

Post by ayjay » Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:26 am

Grendel wrote: because the front edge is going to take a fair bit of punishment from feet or pushchairs or whatever.
I'd be inclined to bring the front edge forwards by about 20mm (if possible) to make it a more solid construct at that point. Good call on the protruding screwheads.
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