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amdspitfire 07-12-2008 12:10 AM

Interlocking pavers & stair leading to house

I have no clue why the previous owner decided to start taking chunks out of the stair leading to the front door. The concrete is poured against the foundation of the house. I am going to make a pathway with interlocking pavers leading to this stair. Can I use mortar and just place the pavers in it?

Oh and yes the stair is offset from the door for some stupid reason.

747 07-12-2008 02:50 AM

It looks to me like he tried to jackhammer out and found it was a bust your but job. I would take that mess out and start from scratch. Be carefull around the foundation conection. Move to a hand held air chiesel for that.

amdspitfire 07-12-2008 07:38 PM

ok I'm totally confused what I should do. The house will be a rental but I mean it's not a bad thing to invest in it. The concrete for the stair is poured a good 6inches lower than the dirt, destroying this thing will not be an easy task. Another issue is that the height is too tall and will require a second step. I'm debating pouring some concrete over it and putting a 2nd square step infront of it or digging it out and building it with pavers. What do you guys recommend?

747 07-13-2008 06:05 AM

I honestly don't know if you could poor over it. Its to bad you don't know someone who had either a bobcat or tractor that has the jackhammer attachment on it. It would take 5 minutes to knock it out with that. Big airhammer probably 4 hours. Because you will need to take some breaks.

KUIPORNG 07-14-2008 10:13 AM

another option is you can use those retain wall system blocks to enclosed the concrete... you need to build a larger platform to cover it up though... will some rocks and blocks... plus surface pavers... probably a few hundred dollars materials plus labour....

Bigbobdallas 07-21-2008 08:22 AM

Why couldn't he go and extend the area about a foot on all sides and then maybe drill some holes into it and put rebar and wire mesh.:thumbup:

amdspitfire 07-21-2008 03:30 PM

sledge hammer + digging bar and a lot of brute force, 75% of the stair is gone. I am getting closer and closer to the foundation though and its getting almost impossible to get the concrete to break because its thicker and solid under it.

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