- Stone step repair help
We’re having some stone steps to the mancave carpeted (at partner’s instruction) and the carpet fitters have suggested I ought to ‘fill in’ the odd step where there a ‘sunken hollow section’ has been caused by a hundred years of day to day wear.
Has anyone got any experience or advice as to what to do? It won’t be visible but ‘mates in the trade’ have suggested simply using a mortar cement mix but the hollows aren’t deep or wide so I can’t see being able to use any decent sized aggregate and worry it’ll fail to bond or break up under the carpet as that will be worse than the carpet sinking a little which is what I’m trying to avoid.Posted 4 years agohoneybadgerxSubscriber
If you want to do a more sympathetic ‘posh’ repair job, you can get stuff called lithomex for surface stone repairs. Otherwise, you could just use a mortar (i.e. just sand as the aggregate and nothing bigger). Main thing is to ensure a good bond, so giving the surface a good clean and then a damp down, if using cement then using some watered down SBR can help.Posted 4 years agoTheBrickMember
SBR in the mix or maybe even epoxy cement http://www.screwfix.com/p/cementone-waterproof-cement-grey-10kg/58196?kpid=58196&cm_mmc=Google-_-Product%20Listing%20Ads-_-Sales%20Tracking-_-sales%20tracking%20url&kpid=58196&cm_mmc=Google-_-Shopping%20-%20Building-_-Shopping%20-%20Building&gclid=CO-t3_OnlscCFbQatAodHA0EgQPosted 4 years agounovoloMember
If there going to be fully covered by carpet can you not overboard them with some Ply with battens screwed to the underside where the depression in the step is to prevent flexing/movement then just get the carpet laid on top.
Should only add about 10/15mm to the height of the step if done right.Posted 4 years ago
johndoh – Member
Put a slide in?
That’s something I hadn’t thought of. Maybe in parallel with an escalator. Much better ‘do it tomorrow’ option over a 1kg of mortar 🙂
I had thought of boarding it but it’s only a few steps involved and I wouldn’t want to board just one or two.Posted 4 years agoslackaliceSubscriber
Personally, I think it’s criminal to cover up these aged and worn steps. Looks like you do too. Have you chosen a colour for the carpet yet or is that also not part of the deal? 😉
I’m obviously not privy to how your relationship functions and the subtle nuances and currencies when negotiating everyday stuff, like interior decor and soft furnishings. I do hope you’ve bargained well and made a few gains along the way? 😉
On a more serious and thread title note, I feel that anything other than an epoxy cement will not bond particularly well to the shallow depressions. Anything that does will make it more tricky to restore once it’s been decided and ‘agreed’ that carpeting them wasn’t such a cool thing to do, despite the H&S risk assessment. Ply and batten possibly chemically fixed, rather than mechanically.Posted 4 years ago
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