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  1. Repairing precast concrete steps

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    In need of advice. I had a set of precast concrete steps. It didnt look like there was any mortar or anything tieing them down. The risers were sitting on a couple of metal blocks with some concrete to fill the space. I am assuming they did this just to raise them up some, as the top step...
  2. Question on Deck Step Stringers

    General DIY Discussions
    Hello Everyone, I'm rebuilding my deck and currently the steps have two stringers in the center, but each of the sides simply has wood block support under the tread - I believe it's called a cleat ? I'll try to get a picture and it will be clear why they did it this way. I'm just curious...
  3. Build Steps into Retaining Wall

    Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I took apart a section of fence to add a staircase, just trying to decide a good solution. I have extra landscape block and cinder blocks. Any ideas on how to add that in? I could using the cinder blocks, but they don't angle back like the landscape blocks, therefore would have a gap at the top.
  4. Permit cost for a deck stairs

    Building & Construction
    Hi, I recently submitted an application of city permit for my DIY project to add stairs to an existing deck, providing some plan docs that describe what to build: Basically 4' height with 7 steps, 5' width, a concrete pad for the bottom to land on, and with some railings. The permit invoice...
  5. Repair stone walkway/steps

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, brand new to this forum, nice to have a DIY group of folks to share thoughts with... I'm pretty resourceful and somewhat knowledgable in areas but landscape and masonry is not one of them. We're staring at the walkway to our home where recently one of the stones on the edge of the step...
  6. ugly extra area next to steps

    There is an ugly area of wood that extends about a foot to the right of my steps leading upstairs. The wood also comes out about one inch in front of the steps. This area goes on a diagonal angle and goes through to the garage. It is so unsightly. Any suggestions?
  7. Concrete/Stone Steps - Water Marks

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, I recently purchased a new construction home and after it rains the front entrance steps will remain wet/damp for more than 2 weeks. The wet marks have a somewhat consistent stain pattern/shape. There is no water drainage or leaks from above and the neighboring houses (same...
  8. Re-treading stairs

    General DIY Discussions
    Hopefully somewhere in this post is the picture of my stairs going into my basement. The home was built in 1949, as were the stairs, over the years they've been painted, and carpeted SEVERAL time. I would like to re-do them and put new treads over the old (and remove the disgusting carpet these...
  9. Question regarding concrete walkway and steps

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, I am thinking about replacing my concrete walkway, and maybe my steps, but I am not sure if the steps are connected/part of my patio. It appears to be a single piece of concrete, but that may be just the stucco that was completed when the steps were poured. Any suggestions...
  10. Bathroom Remodeling order of steps

    Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    Hi all. I was hoping to find a topic on the order of steps for a full bathroom remodeling for us rookies, but I guess there hasn't been one yet. Can we have PROs put the following in the right order (as they would approach the remodeling process)? Demolish...
  11. Feel in over my head: How do I fix these block steps?

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    The steps themselves are freshly poured concrete and in good shape, but the big blocks on either side are crumbling (photos in next post). I called a contractor to have a look and he quoted me almost $1500, which is way outside of my budget and seems unreasonable. I have never done a project...
  12. How to Build Riser Steps into Jacuzzi Tub

    General DIY Discussions
    We purchased a home with a nice Jacuzzi tub but it's a bit high for my wife to step into. I've seen some beautiful pictures of one or two riser steps and would love to build something like them. I have attached our bathtub and circled where I'd like the steps to go. Let me know your thoughts...
  13. Oversized "stadium seating" deck stairs

    Building & Construction
    I recently removed an above ground pool and replaced it with a paver patio. Now, I'm left with a deck that was cut around 1/3 of the pool, that opens up to nothing, just the patio below. I would like to build oversized "stadium seating" stairs that go down to the patio. The height of the deck...
  14. Outside Tile over concrete

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Ok so I'll add pics later about this, but on my front steps I want to use black 10x20" porcelain tiles to cover the ugly unsealed scaled concrete. What should I do? Thin-set - waterproof? - thin-set - radient heat pads (snow melting) - thin-set = tile. I was advised against stone (although...
  15. I think this is limestone - how to repair?

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi. The two attached photos are of a front stoop. The building is a 120 year old Chicago 2 flat. I believe the stone is Indiana Limestone (everything else around here is at least). I'm not sure how to approach fixing this. A few Questions- - Will a concrete mix 'bind' to the limestone...
  16. stairs

    Building & Construction
    I have a 75 inch opening for a door. The door leads onto the patio. The step down is 17.5 inches. I want two steps down. The width should be between 12 and 16 inches wide. The real question is how to fasten the 3 riser to the house. The house has siding. How to fasten the risers to the...
  17. 2x12 redwood stair treads cracking in center

    I replaced 4 of my stair treads with 2x12 redwood and each of the pieces is cracking in the center around 6 inches in. Ironically, the reason I am changing them is because the old pressure treated treads were cracking in the middle also. I used 3 screws on each side to screw each tread into...
  18. Adding to Concrete Porch + Steps?

    Building & Construction
    Please see attached photos. This is my first major DIY project (aside from small household plumbing, shower caulking, drywall repair, etc.). Please do critique and offer any advice, much appreciated!!! I have an old, solid porch that I'll be adding to by the amount in photo (about 2.5 feet...
  19. Installing hardwood in sunken living room

    I'm currently installing 3/4" x 2 1/4" unfinished oak in my entire house replacing all the carpet. So far everything has gone perfectly fine except I'm not too sure what to do about the 3 step downs going into the living room. The three steps lead up to the: entry *currently has laminate*...
  20. Steps to the patio

    Landscaping & Lawn Care
    Hello! I am considering replacing my deck with a paving stone patio. The concern that i have is constructing the step from my sliding glass doors. I estimate that my deck (and sliding glass doors) are about 3 feet off the ground. I suspect this might take 5 steps or so coming down from the...