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My wife and I are trying to figure out a ballpark for what we may be looking at for repairing or replacing our front step.

Right now they are brick steps that were laid (as far as we know) in 1987 when the house was built. The mortar is simply coming apart and bricks have become loose. We believe its a safety issue at this point. We aren't sure if a repair to these steps is worthwhile or if we should tear them out and replace them completely.

There are only two total steps up to a flat surface that is about 3'x3'. The first step has a 6"x6" piece of lumber in front of it that I suppose acts as a brace. It seems like there is very hard compacted sand underneath the bricks.

So repair the brick, get precast concrete steps, pour concrete, or ?

Ideas/experiences and ballpark figures would be helpful. We aren't looking to go much if any larger than what we have in place now. I'll post some pics tomorrow.

Thanks!
 

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why not ask a local brickie ? many times they can guesstimate ( experience ) what's underneath & suggest the best action,,, i'd guess, even w/pics & dimensions, few forum responders could do better :huh:
 

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Well....I get the humor here but I've just had surgery and I am unable to use a shovel. My wife had to go to work, so yeah no pictures yet.

At his point cost is most important because anything new will look fine as long as its a professional job

Just looking to see what I might expect to pay. At this point DIY on this is out of the question as I could not do it for quite some time due to surgery and it will need to be done sooner than that. I know it's a DIY forum I was just hoping for a little help
 

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Now you've done it Hammerlane. I tried to tell you there is a reason for everything. :wink:

The poor fellow has just had surgery.
Seriously though, I wish you a speedy recovery..get lots of rest !!
 

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IF there is a decent concrete base below the treads and landing, re-setting the brick may be the best option, although it needs to be done correctly or it will fail again. I would call a local mason or two to get their thoughts before getting ahead of yourself. As for cost, there's no way to give an idea that's even remotely close........
 

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maybe its just me but if we were living in pa ( as the original poster's info states ), i'd probably want to locate a closer source than atlanta,,, 'sides, all our precast steps for homes-on-wheels come from al :eek:
 
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