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Robert
Can quikrete be used to patch a hole in a parged basement wall?

Can Quikrete Water-Stop be used to patch a hole in a parged basement wall?

Background: I repaired a drainage issue on the exterior of my 1920 home that was causing my basement to flood. The water had been getting in the basement through a hole that developed through the parging under the stairs. Since the exterior fix, relatively very little water gets through anymore, so I think it's time to patch the hole in the parging. I showed a pic of the wall to a guy at Home Depot, assuming he would know the right stuff for me to get. He was the one who recommended the "Quikrete Water-stop", but I was skeptical because upon looking at the pic of my basement I showed him, he admitted he didn't know what the surface was, which I identified later as "parging".

BTW, I've attached a pic of the parging. This doesn't show the hole, as it's too dark under the stairs to get a good pic. I only provide this because I'm wholly ignorant about parging and I don't know if there are different types of it. So I figured it would be a good idea to supply it in case it's relevant to answering the question.

Also - I had a company that seals basements give me an estimate for re-sealing the wall under the stairs and they quoted $950. So I thought I'd see about doing it myself. It's a pretty small area.

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Robert
Re: Can quikrete be used to patch a hole in a parged basement...

BTW, I posted this question on diy.stackexchange.com and they closed it as "too broad", even after I tried to edit it to make it clear.  So I then I tried to post it on oldhouseweb.com and they disapproved it because they claimed my only purpose was to advertise a product!?  What is it with these diy/old home forums?  I've been getting really frustrated. It seems like a simple question and no one will let me even ask it.  I don't want to do all this work and find out that this stuff is the wrong stuff.  I've never done anything like this before and I just want someone who knows to tell me whether this is the right stuff to use or not or what I should use.

Incidentally, the hole in the parging developed between the wall and a two-by-four.  My guess is that whoever sealed the basement didn't seal behind the boards that are part of the stairs.

Clarence
Re: Can quikrete be used to patch a hole in a parged basement...

 you should be fine using that product for small ares only. For large areas on that old of a foundation i would use a high Lime type mortar if the box store has small bags of type N mortar you can use it.

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