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Old 12-19-2010, 12:57 PM   #46
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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.
I didn't understand the asphalt reference.
Poster just want to get through the Winter without the bricks busting out more and creating a hazard. You don't think putting this product in a clean dry crack will achieve this goal?
Home Depot carries Sika backer rod. What's wrong with that?
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Old 12-20-2010, 04:49 AM   #47
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to the best of my knowledge, our apron stores only sell polyurethane sealants,,, while they're good, ANY sealant must be installed in a properly constructed sealant reservoir,,, they do NOT sell the proper size backer rod to fit the desired width which is the ENTIRE mortar joint as only 1/4" rod's available in the stores i've seen locally - guessing that joint in your step's wider than 1/4",,, to create the proper reservoir, you'll need a 4" grinder & either .110" OR .250" tuckpoint diamond blade,,, safety glasses, dust mask, yada, yada, yada,,, read sealant specs on the W/SITE for necessary depth"width sealant ratio.

' once the asphalt material deteriorates ' that's where i read it, ron,,, i'd consider 'tracking' of asphalt into the home or on the walkway via foot traffic.

wasn't aware vulkem was being sold - its good, too,,, either brand is good for a permanent repair if done properly bearing in mind ' permanent ' may be defined as 7yrs - same as silicone,,, we wouldn't pick self-leveling mtls even at OUR home
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Old 12-20-2010, 04:01 PM   #48
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to the best of my knowledge, our apron stores only sell polyurethane sealants,,, while they're good, ANY sealant must be installed in a properly constructed sealant reservoir,,, they do NOT sell the proper size backer rod to fit the desired width which is the ENTIRE mortar joint as only 1/4" rod's available in the stores i've seen locally - guessing that joint in your step's wider than 1/4",,, to create the proper reservoir, you'll need a 4" grinder & either .110" OR .250" tuckpoint diamond blade,,, safety glasses, dust mask, yada, yada, yada,,, read sealant specs on the W/SITE for necessary depth"width sealant ratio.

' once the asphalt material deteriorates ' that's where i read it, ron,,, i'd consider 'tracking' of asphalt into the home or on the walkway via foot traffic.

wasn't aware vulkem was being sold - its good, too,,, either brand is good for a permanent repair if done properly bearing in mind ' permanent ' may be defined as 7yrs - same as silicone,,, we wouldn't pick self-leveling mtls even at OUR home
The asphalt material I was referring to was the expansion joints in concrete as I had replaced those with the 3/4" sika backer rod and the filler.
Home Depot sells backer rod from 3/8" up to 3/4".
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Old 12-20-2010, 04:02 PM   #49
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maybe up on lon gisland but not down he-ah
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Old 02-07-2011, 05:12 PM   #50
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I cant seem to get a dry day up here with all the snow storms and melting snow. Is there a product I can use for a temp fix that doesnt require dry conditions? At this point I could actually lift them out by hand.
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You could tent the area in with plastic & a small electric heater if you really want to try to save whats left. Is it a safety issue now? Can you just pull them out for now and make it safer?
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Yes, its a safetly issue now. It was stable before - I messed up - thought it would last until the spring - but the recent NE snow storms have trashed it. I might have to do that.

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What is the mixture ratio?

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