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Repair a stone stairs and walkway

I have a stone walkway to my front entrance of my home that is in need of repair. The mortar joints are crumbling and the stones are loose. I contacted a stone contractor but they wanted $4200.00 to repair the walkway.

I need to get it done before someone takes a fall. I will try to do it myself because I have been laid off and have the time to work on it. I have taken several pictures to give you an idea of the repair job. I could use some advice on how to proceed and the best materials to use.

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Re: Repair a stone stairs and walkway

More than likely (if it was done correctly)there is concrete under the stone. In which case I would remove all the loose stone (mark them so you remember where they go) and chip all the uneven debris away so you have a nice even base to work with. I would use Portland cement and sand in a 2part sand to 1part cement mix to give you a stronger bond. The new cement will be lighter than the original for quite a while so ask your cement batch plant if they have any coloring to help you match the existing. Then using a bricklayer's trowel re-lay the stone, buy a "tucking tool or striking iron" to finish the joints, then when the joints are almost dry use an old paint brush to brush the joints to take out any tool marks. Hope this helps.

Calcats ;)

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