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Old 06-30-2008, 05:24 PM   #1
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Concrete steps

I built a form and poured concrete steps up to a pool area. 7 steps a landing and 5 more steps. They came out better than I expected but not perfect. I have 3 options. I can do nothing and live with what I have, I can set the steps with natural stone, or I can refinish the steps with a layer of type N mortar maybe with a latex additive. I live in NJ so freeze/thaw is an issue. Can the refinishing be done successfully? That is what I really want to do.
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Old 06-30-2008, 07:29 PM   #2
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What's wrong with them? From the picture I can't tell (aside from the rise variance at the bottom ). Are there voids or did the surface not finish very well?

I like the stone idea. You could use thinset and install some sort of stone. That would look nice with the adjacent stone wall.

I'm not a big fan of capping anything outdoors with more mortar. It'll look like a patch job and probably won't hold up that well.

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Old 07-03-2008, 11:57 AM   #3
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Thank you for you compliment and response. The variance is allowance for more stone in the driveway or blacktop one day.
That's what I figured about the mortar. I guess when a house is stuccoed, it holds up because it's a vertical surface and sheds the water that might otherwise freeze?
I was just hoping maybe someone took the risk and was successful.
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Old 07-04-2008, 02:16 PM   #4
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nice job!

i think they'd look fabulous veneered in slate. of course, its all personal taste.

veneering in slate is pretty easy given a diamond blade and an angle grinder and actually pretty fun.
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Old 07-04-2008, 03:08 PM   #5
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You might consider "cutting" the surface and then applying acid stain to match the slate. Seal it well, and you should be good. Nice looking job..
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Old 07-04-2008, 06:01 PM   #6
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Or consider an overlay system, the skys the limit these days with the newer products and what can be achieved

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