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Old 05-11-2009, 10:36 AM   #31
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.110 diamond blade & small grinder,,, create a joint to match existing jnts.

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Old 05-20-2009, 05:33 PM   #32
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Thanks - that worked. If I use the Muratic acid and brush will it scratch up the brick? If that is the idea do I need to seal it with something afterwards?
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the acid wash's to get rid of the lime stains,,, & if you can scratch your brick w/a brush, somebody sold you the wrong bricks, bud wait for your work to age 6mos then pressure wash it w/algaecide/mildewcide & give it a coat of silicone siloxane - a penetrating waterproofing solution,,, you'll find directions on the label.

i do my brickwork every 2yrs,,, hope it turn'd out well,,, so post some pictures ! ! ! ! ! !
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This is how it turned out. Not perfect but it should last me a few seasons and I learned something from doing it.
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The winter has just started and I already see a crack in my work. The crack is in the new mortar joints on top of the porch right where the brick meets the concrete slab on top. Is there any way to fix it? I never placed a sealant on the porch - was that where I went wrong?
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The winter has just started and I already see a crack in my work. The crack is in the new mortar joints on top of the porch right where the brick meets the concrete slab on top. Is there any way to fix it? I never placed a sealant on the porch - was that where I went wrong?
My guess would be water got into the joint and froze. Bonding the new mortar to the in place brick probably did not take place. It was mearly pressing against the brick. Water doesn't need too much room to find it's way below the surface.
I doubt sealing the surface would have saved you from the crack.
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Can this be repaired in the winter? Im afraid if I do not do something the crack will get bigger after the next snowstorm and the front bricks are going to fall apart.
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Is there anything I can use to seal these cracks so that the snow and ice dont force my steps apart even more this winter? Its below freezing here now - can you repoint in this kind of weather?
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Short of covering it for the winter, no.
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Is there anything I can use to seal these cracks so that the snow and ice dont force my steps apart even more this winter? Its below freezing here now - can you repoint in this kind of weather?
This structure is finished. Plan on replacing it in the Spring. Spending time repairing it is a lost cause.
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Im OK with that, but is there anything I can use now to seal those cracks so the step doesnt fall off.
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I would call MASONRY/CONCRETE supply company not a contractor and ask what products if any they might recommend for a temp fix. Some sealants can be used at pretty low temps these days, you may need heated blankets for over nite. That joint at the brick/slab looks to me like an expansion problem not a freeze thaw issue. I would recommend cutting the mortar back and using a colored sealant which the concrete company may match
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Im OK with that, but is there anything I can use now to seal those cracks so the step doesnt fall off.
There's a product you use to seal expansion joints in concrete once the asphalt material deteriorates. Home Depot sells it in the concrete aisle. It comes in 2 tube sizes. The standard caulking gun size and the large gun size. It comes in gray and tan.
Sika is the manufacturer.
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this wouldn't be the 1st time i missed something but where's the asphalt on these brick steps & landing ? realize brickies like to use mortar on brickwork & that's fine by me - i would, too,,, however, i wouldn't bother sealing the crk for now,,, if you want, just smear some silicone sealant over it & that'll get you thru to spring when its time to replace all the failed work.

sika products are excellent however, for them to work properly, they, like any other spec'd sealant, must be installed in the proper size reservoir OVER closed cell backer rod & tooled to promote adhesion,,, proper backer rod is NOT avail from your local apron store matter of fact, not much is of any decent quality.
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The product that would best suit this situation is a highly flexible and extremely durable product that comes in a 10oz caulk tube, available at Home Depot, in an assortment of colors.
"Vulkem".

Another comparable brand is called "Quad", in 10oz and larger tubes.
Sold in assortment of colors too, but usually available at contractor supply or commercial distribution centers.

Either of these products are ideal for a temporary fix, for up to a few years if applied properly in warm and dry conditions. They can also be used to seal around doors, windows and siding etc in vertical applications too.

Lastly, you might want to try a self leveling concrete filler. The catch is, the self leveling only works on horizontal applications and may need to be reapplied several times to fill voids...."Quickrete", sells it in 10oz tubes.

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