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Old 05-01-2011, 11:46 AM   #1
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Repairing Basement Walk Out Stairs (Cracks/Leaks)


I need to repair the bottom step and possibly the framing around the walkout basement stairs.

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If you view the pictures, youll notice that there are some chunks missing. Water comes from underneath the stairs (fround the ground) and leaks in.

The framing on the rights side has some issues, or appears to, as well. Not sure how to fix the gap there between the wood and the concrete.


I planned on using hydraulic cement for the concrete stairs. Is that my best bet?
Also, any ideas for the gap between framing and concrete on the right side?

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Repairing Basement Walk Out Stairs (Cracks/Leaks)


Hydraulic cement works well with deep holes with parallel walls. Useless to parge a flat surface.
I would identify where the water is coming from and try to eliminate or reduce it from this area. Regrading the soil, extending the leaders, underground perforated piping, etc.
Once you minimize the water you can address the stairs more easily.
I'd switch out the wood brick molding with a composite material.
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