Warm-Weather Home Repairs You Should Be Doing Now

Now with higher temperatures and favorable weather, it’s time to get started on some spring projects. I surveyed my giant weekly newsletter list and discovered the top projects my readers want help with.

Repairing crumbling concrete

Concrete is simply artificial rock. If it’s mixed, placed, finished and cured correctly, it can last 100 or more years. If your concrete steps, walkways, patios, etc., are crumbling, you may be able to repair them with traditional products and methods or you can choose from some modern materials.

Often concrete deterioration is just a surface blemish. The concrete just below the surface is still sound. If this is what’s wrong at your home, then you can patch the concrete and the patch will stay in place for many years if you just do a few simple things.

To add a thin patch of concrete that wouldn’t exceed 3/8 -inch in thickness, all you do is mix coarse clean sand with Portland cement. The mixture should resemble bricklayer’s mortar. Mix two parts sand to one part cement to get a super-strong mixture.

The secret trick to get this material to permanently bond to your existing concrete is to apply a coat of cement paint to the rough concrete just a moment before you apply the patching mixture.

read more at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/the-warm-weather-home-repairs-you-should-be-doing-now/2015/05/06/7443498e-da14-11e4-ba28-f2a685dc7f89_story.html

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