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remodeler

03:00PM | 01/10/01
Member Since: 01/09/01
3 lifetime posts
how do i build concrete steps in a dugout dirt bank? there will be 5 steps 7" high.do i build them out of block then try to form up around them then finish with concrete?

Brian T. Chaffee

03:35PM | 02/22/01
Member Since: 02/21/01
5 lifetime posts
There are different ways to build your steps.

Either the tried and tested way of a concrete footing and concrete block.

This is referred to as your shell. After which you can stack just about anything within reason on top for your stair treads.

Limestone, 2" thick and 12" deep is very common.

Another possibility on top of the block would be to fasten a 2" x 6" to the block with Tapcons and pour the tops, in this case treads, including the ability to cantilever the steps for aesthetics.

You can determine coloring and texture at the same time.

Depending on the what part of the country you live in, freeze/thaw regions ditate putting the footings deeper in the ground to avoid shallow footing heave.

Another way is to pour the footings and steps monolithically, completely out of concrete. This requires extra prep work that the forms aren't blown out from the shear weight of the concrete.

Sincerely,


Brian T. Chaffee
Custom Stamp Concrete
www.StampConcreteZone.com

Brian T. Chaffee

03:36PM | 02/22/01
Member Since: 02/21/01
5 lifetime posts
There are different ways to build your steps.

Either the tried and tested way of a concrete footing and concrete block.

This is referred to as your shell. After which you can stack just about anything within reason on top for your stair treads.

Limestone, 2" thick and 12" deep is very common.

Another possibility on top of the block would be to fasten a 2" x 6" to the block with Tapcons and pour the tops, in this case treads, including the ability to cantilever the steps for aesthetics.

You can determine coloring and texture at the same time.

Depending on the what part of the country you live in, freeze/thaw regions ditate putting the footings deeper in the ground to avoid shallow footing heave.

Another way is to pour the footings and steps monolithically, completely out of concrete. This requires extra prep work that the forms aren't blown out from the shear weight of the concrete.

Sincerely,


Brian T. Chaffee
Custom Stamp Concrete
www.StampConcreteZone.com

Brian T. Chaffee

03:36PM | 02/22/01
Member Since: 02/21/01
5 lifetime posts
There are different ways to build your steps.

Either the tried and tested way of a concrete footing and concrete block.

This is referred to as your shell. After which you can stack just about anything within reason on top for your stair treads.

Limestone, 2" thick and 12" deep is very common.

Another possibility on top of the block would be to fasten a 2" x 6" to the block with Tapcons and pour the tops, in this case treads, including the ability to cantilever the steps for aesthetics.

You can determine coloring and texture at the same time.

Depending on the what part of the country you live in, freeze/thaw regions ditate putting the footings deeper in the ground to avoid shallow footing heave.

Another way is to pour the footings and steps monolithically, completely out of concrete. This requires extra prep work that the forms aren't blown out from the shear weight of the concrete.

Sincerely,


Brian T. Chaffee
Custom Stamp Concrete
www.StampConcreteZone.com



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