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agentphish 02-02-2013 11:42 PM

Front steps...what do you think?
 
My wife and I are trying to figure out a ballpark for what we may be looking at for repairing or replacing our front step.

Right now they are brick steps that were laid (as far as we know) in 1987 when the house was built. The mortar is simply coming apart and bricks have become loose. We believe its a safety issue at this point. We aren't sure if a repair to these steps is worthwhile or if we should tear them out and replace them completely.

There are only two total steps up to a flat surface that is about 3'x3'. The first step has a 6"x6" piece of lumber in front of it that I suppose acts as a brace. It seems like there is very hard compacted sand underneath the bricks.

So repair the brick, get precast concrete steps, pour concrete, or ?

Ideas/experiences and ballpark figures would be helpful. We aren't looking to go much if any larger than what we have in place now. I'll post some pics tomorrow.

Thanks!

agentphish 02-03-2013 12:22 AM

Apparently it snowed tonight so I can't get pics of the steps for a few days. I had no idea!

stadry 02-03-2013 07:57 AM

why not ask a local brickie ? many times they can guesstimate ( experience ) what's underneath & suggest the best action,,, i'd guess, even w/pics & dimensions, few forum responders could do better :huh:

hammerlane 02-03-2013 08:14 AM

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Originally Posted by agentphish (Post 1108317)
So repair the brick, get precast concrete steps, pour concrete, or ?

What is more important to you? Looks or cost?


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Originally Posted by agentphish (Post 1108317)
ballpark figures would be helpful.

Dodger Stadium---56,000
Yankee Stadium---53,325
Coors Field--- 50,490
Turner Field---50,097
Arlington Stadium---49,170

Hope this helps.

creeper 02-03-2013 08:19 AM

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Originally Posted by hammerlane (Post 1108407)
What is more important to you? Looks or cost?




Dodger Stadium---56,000
Yankee Stadium---53,325
Coors Field--- 50,490
Turner Field---50,097
Arlington Stadium---49,170

Hope this helps.


Hope this helps too
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hammerlane 02-03-2013 08:22 AM

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Originally Posted by creeper (Post 1108412)

Its a brutal Sunday I see.

creeper 02-03-2013 08:23 AM

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Wait til I add a smiley icon...its a funny sunday

stadry 02-03-2013 08:45 AM

you 2 are condescending, cruel, & candidly refreshing at the same time :thumbsup: hope your teams win !

a word about costs: http://www.diychatroom.com/f19/how-m...s-here-141109/ - actually a lot more than just a few but you'll soon get the point ! ! ! ! ! !

agentphish 02-03-2013 10:50 AM

Well....I get the humor here but I've just had surgery and I am unable to use a shovel. My wife had to go to work, so yeah no pictures yet.

At his point cost is most important because anything new will look fine as long as its a professional job

Just looking to see what I might expect to pay. At this point DIY on this is out of the question as I could not do it for quite some time due to surgery and it will need to be done sooner than that. I know it's a DIY forum I was just hoping for a little help

creeper 02-03-2013 11:10 AM

Now you've done it Hammerlane. I tried to tell you there is a reason for everything. :wink:

The poor fellow has just had surgery.
Seriously though, I wish you a speedy recovery..get lots of rest !!

creeper 02-03-2013 11:13 AM

You may want to consider landscape rock too
http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.50256...h=134&c=7&rs=1

agentphish 02-03-2013 11:22 AM

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Originally Posted by creeper
You may want to consider landscape rock too

Thanks. I was looking around last night and stone became an option in my mind.

hammerlane 02-03-2013 12:33 PM

Cheapest will be precast concrete steps. Google Atlanta area precast concrete steps and get some prices.

jomama45 02-03-2013 12:57 PM

IF there is a decent concrete base below the treads and landing, re-setting the brick may be the best option, although it needs to be done correctly or it will fail again. I would call a local mason or two to get their thoughts before getting ahead of yourself. As for cost, there's no way to give an idea that's even remotely close........

stadry 02-04-2013 05:23 AM

maybe its just me but if we were living in pa ( as the original poster's info states ), i'd probably want to locate a closer source than atlanta,,, 'sides, all our precast steps for homes-on-wheels come from al :eek:


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