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Old 10-15-2014, 01:27 PM   #1
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Concrete Step from Garage into House


Our garage is 12 inches lower than the house and a step was never built so we are currently using cinder blocks. I would like to make a concrete step into the house that is long and wide so the kids have a place to sit and put on shoes. The door is in a corner so two sides of the step would be against drywall. The garage floor is concrete. I know you shouldn't pour concrete against dry wall so I should cut the dry out and add wood to fill the space and build the form. I would clean/roughen the floor with concrete cleaner then soak the area with water. Pour the concrete in the form, trowel smooth, cure/cover. Is there anything I am missing? Should the step adhere correctly? Any advice or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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I would built a box with PT lumber and use Trex for the step.
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Have you considered making a pressure treated 2 x 6 frame on edge with a plywood top? You could screw the 2 x 6 into the existing wall to prevent it from moving.
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I would but there is another door that leads to the deck that does have a concrete step and I would like them to match.
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Concrete against wood or drywall is not a good idea. I would build a wooden step.


If you have to have a concrete one then use pressure treated lumber against the wall. Or just buy a precast concrete step. You can buy a single step.
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If it has to be concrete, cut out the drywall portion and replace it with cement board, then build the form as you normally would, just be sure you make the cutouts a little wider than you actually need them to be.


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try as you might, they won't match - neither color NOR texture we often repair conc & the 1st thing we do is manage customer expectations especially regarding color
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I agree on color, texture is iffy but you just never really know until it's done.
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