How to Clad Concrete Steps in Stone - This Old House

How to Clad Concrete Steps in Stone - Video by This Old House

Cladding concrete stairs in stone blocks, yes, you can absolutely do it yourself, and it looks really good.

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hi I marked hours for this old house magazine if you have plain old concrete steps cladding them with stone veneer and blue stone treads is a great way to boost your home's value to get started remove the trim board below the door and cut back the shingles on the sides of the stoop for the mortar to grab you need to scarify the concrete with a grinder or add a

scratch coat like we did nail metal after the steps apply a layer mortar with the trowel and then comb the mortar with the trials notches let it dry at least overnight for the risers dry fit the l-shaped corner stars and the flat stones between them for the sides use painters tape to create a layout on canvas drop cloth place the corner stones on the outline and then position the flat stones with stagger joints

leaving a fingers width between the stones from order if you want to fine tune the fit mark cut lines on the stone and then score them with a grinder place a mason chisel in the groove and strike it to break the stone mix mortar to a consistency that's slightly superior than creamy peanut butter it should stick to the trial when you hold it on its side starting on the lowest riser apply mortar

to the back of the corner stone and use the tip of the trowel to create a pearl press the stone against the scratch coat and wiggle it in tight to create a vacuum don't disturb the stone once it's in place when you finish the first riser install the first row stones on the sides of the landing continue...

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