Cement Step Repair in One Day -- by Home Repair Tutor

How do you perform cement step repair? After a long winter I had to fix a crumbling cement step but it only took me one day.

Do you need to perform CPR on your front steps? Hi friend, this is Jeff from Home Repair Tutor. Cement step repair isn't that hard and with a few tips you'll get your curb appeal back in less than 24 hours.

This video shares a ton of different tips and tricks on how to get your steps looking brand new. And after a long winter you'll likely need to do some cement work.

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I share a quick several tips that many fans have found to be super useful.

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272 комментариев
If I caught my kid using my level as a skreet I would beat him with it.
Sam Dallas
nope...don't brush it or vacuum it......WASH it down thoroughly...then apply your new cement to old DAMP cement
If you apply new cement to old DRY cement...the dry side will quickly absorb the moisture from the new mix, and thus weaken the immediately adjacent layer of new mix....plus create a weak bond.
Steve Zazulyk
I am a cement finisher and have been pouring concrete since 1974. That's a good video however there was a few things I would like to suggest. First of all you should have used the edger before you took off the wood that would give you a nice clean Edge along the top to follow once the wood was off. Also before you took off the wood and you were pouring the concrete you should tap the face of the wood with a hammer. That would have gotten rid of most of the honeycombing. That's what it's called! It was good that you used the sponge at the end and you did a nice job🖒
Gel g
i have done this same thing on some of my properties as well. It's beem over three uears now, and they still look excellent.
Ag silver Radio
Me before the repair: "that's allmost a ramp, rather than a step!"
nonya buisness
You need to put a Concrete finisher CRINGE Warning in your title.
Kimberlee Strickland
i wanted to see the end product after it dried!!!
Luka Popovic
You did it just like I would 👍
Jason Smith
Good detail. I like the thoroughness. The brick and wood idea to hold the caste in place is a good idea. It would be nice to know timing of things per different intervals.
Earl Gray
Not going to show the finished/dried result huh?
Jasmine Hazelbaker
Great video and I appreciate it! I will be doing this on my steps!
Trevor Phillips
That fast drying concrete dries too fast. It starts to set up inn under 5 minutes.
So that 15 minutes that it says on the bucket is BS.
Ag silver Radio
Thank you for the tutorial
thanks for the video. Now heading to the store to get materials :)
Adina Selimovic
thank you for this: just what I need it
You can lose the mask once you've mixed the concrete...
eddie ed Eagen
how do i lower a cement stair that has raised up . The back stairs r fine .It's like the opposite oof raising
timmy mike
i used the edge of a steel trowel(grooved), for added traction on the top of the stair
Travis Wolf
Thanks for your video - I will be tackling this project today.
Kathy Braune
Thank you your video was easy to follow I will try to fix some steps in my backyard. The concrete contractor's method was way too confusing for me I'll stay with you.
15 DurangoRT
Remind me to NOT let you use my level.
Crash 709
Do you have a video for repairing a hole in a concrete wall?
Martha L Rodriguez
i hope i can do this to my front stairs
Steve Cristaldi
Would have liked to see end work also.
Thank you for posting....you are very good with explaining and demonstrating the steps.  I'm going to try to fix my porch step before it gets too cold~!
Stephanie McDonald
Thank you for this video we did a repair this weekend following your tips and it turned out great.  We had to leave the board on longer but it came off fine the next day and the finished repair is what we expected.
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great tutorial !
Rich Johnson
Ok I watched all the step repair videos on U-Tube.
This is the best one. Thanks Jeff tomorrow I think I can do it right.
J Stevens
Craig, I'm a concrete contractor, and if I were in your shoes I would rent a concrete saw that will cut at least 75% of the depth of the slab, cut it at a right angle off your house, preferably so the existing cuts are all spaced out evenly, snap a chalk line and remove an entire section. Use tap-con screws to fasten a 2x4 to the masonry below having the top flush with the bottom of the small ledge. Then after you establish the height of the slab, fasten a 2x10 to the 2x4. This will be your form with a matching ledge. Then you can simply order one cubic yard of a residential mix with air for exterior use. Pour it wet enough for you and a buddy to handle and screed the concrete immediately with a straight 2x4 and float the surface a few times, then if you have a steel trowel, trowel the surface slick then pull a broom in a straight line if it needs a broom finish, if not, just keep troweling until you have your desired look. * make sure to round over the edges, use any electric tool that will vibrate (I use a square palm sander) and vibrate the edge of your form to reduce "honeycombs" also apply an oil so your forum will come of after pouring. Plus you don't need sealer. I only use that on decorative concrete, or places like a garage where oil will spill and penetrate the concrete surface. That was a long comment... Uhhh, good job guy on video! Stevens Concrete Llc, N. C.
I have done this before with concrete screws to act as teeth but I wasn't aware that other people did the same thing.
pat mac
Great vid. With a repair that large, I'd reco polymer additive to reduce shrinkage and add edge stregnth
Great video!

An area about 4 feet long by 12 inches wide of the cement on the entrance to my garage, just outside the overhead door, looks like that step you fixed. A lot of "popcorn" but the damage is not very far below the surface.

Your repair method seems applicable to my situation, but I'm wondering if I would need to "excavate" down below the surface and/or perhaps cut a perimeter around the bad section and dig a bunch of the bad stuff out, or if I could just chisel it out a bit and fill and smooth it. Sort of like a thick top coat?

Repairs like this seem problematic, especially if you don't have a concrete saw. However, maybe chiseling it out and filling it using your methods and those products could work.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Best Regards!
Josef Saiedi
great! and now we know!
C Richardi
He’s great!
Lucy Santiago covers
thank you it helps me a lot I got a neighbor next to my house that his steps is connected to my steps and his steps is cracking and mines is cracking as well so that will help me to fix both of ours thank you so much
Patricia Gibson
What do i use to frame the concrete before i repair my one step so it dries correctly?
YoBoost Com
i didnt get it why we need the last step "to seal the concrete". where to seal?
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Jeremy Amaismeier
Thanks for the video, Jeff!  How would you approach this if it was minor damage where only the edge of the step was worn?  I'm guessing you'd leave out the part you did with the screws and chiseling and probably wouldn't need to use a board.
Yeah, me commenting again...The step repair looks amazing.  If I wanted to recreate the same surface texture of the other steps what would be the best way to do that?  A suggested video I'd love to see would be on repairing a large crack in a garage floor.  We have one that runs the length of the garage and the thought (and expense) and jackhammering it all out and repouring the floor is overwhelming.
Robzy roberto
Why didn't you show us WA it looked like when it dried🤔
Clyde Leeson
How to you repair the inside corner of the top tier of steps (has a short block wall next to it) that goes into dirt?
Troy Peter
what temperature is warm enough to do this?
Can this be done in cold weather?
Your the best love watching your videos good stuff thanks.
Mike VanDeursen
Where's the bonding agent?
Chris $Man
I would have liked to see the application of the seal.
Wayne Corners
Great tutorial
I know nothing about concrete.. I'm a Baker, nice work buddy 😜
Richard Drabble
How to repair the crumbled concrete at the entrance to the garage -i.e. where the garage door closes?
B Johnson
i wish you would have shown what it looked like after it dried.. but otherwise good info
B Souza
Thanks for the video. Btw, it is a concrete step and one of its components is cement.
anand panjwani
Denny Farrell
Good presentation will rehearsed and did not waste the viewers time.( The VoiceBank . com )
Is it just cement and sand or is it concrete with gravel added
joe blow
no need for adhesive just wet it first
👍I think I can, I think I can, I think I can 😁
Sandeep Mitra
Hi Jeff - your video indeed helped me a lot to fix my crumbling stairs at the front of my house. I would really appreciate if you answer these questions: (1) After the Quikrete quick setting cement is dried, I can see some fresh cracks in the stairs. how can these be fixed? (2) how to use the sealer and how many days one should wait before using the sealer? (3) Is is recommended to use resurfacing cement to smooth out the cemented / concrete area? Kindly advice.
R a m
Cute AND informative..... awesome video.
gene bruce
A pressure washer or compressed air will do a better job of cleaning the surface prior to applying the adhesive.
I drill some 3/8th inch rebar into step repair like that. Get it drilled into something real good and bend it where you want. The tapcons do help though. I use them on smaller patching jobs where rebar won't fit
Oshan Akash
Is that correct using cement plastering for concrete surface ?
roy raken
Denise C
joe lacognata
Is there a way to patch a sand stone front door step
lyris mattis
How do u seal the cement
Silvia Chavez
Hi. I found this video helpful. I, too, like others, just have the edge of a step chipping off. I read in one of your replies that the tapcons are not needed, if I want to patch it up. You also stated to use cement bonding adhesive. Could you explain this again please? Also, how much cement is adequate? I will not need to mix a large amount. I am trying to gather everything needed to do this project on my own. Any other suggestions?
Joseph M
I got to ask why didn't you fix the crack on the bottom right ? You had the material
handy, and a extra 2 minutes would have created a lot of goodwill with the customer,
just saying.
Hi Jeff, the tile contractors seem to like thinset to bond new concrete to the old. Have you ever done it that way?
Robert Brandywine
Will a concrete contractor take on such a small job?
The original concrete looks like crap. Good Luck with it.
Daisy R
I'll need to do this in the spring! thanks!
Matt Eagle
The voids would have been a lot less had you placed the concrete more carefully when the form was in place.
Li_ Nation
First luv ur vids
Honestly Speaking
You're not supposed to wait for the bonding adhesive to dry before adding the fresh material!
Bonding adhesive = GLUE.
Have you ever heard of anyone applying glue to only one of two parts that require bonding, and wait for the glue to dry before joining with second part?
Decent video otherwise.
Good thing you placed the tapcons and sealed - that's what's holding your concrete together, if it still is so
rob Semprini
Pretty good . If you have a bigger area you can use chicken wire instead of those tap cons , it'll give you some extra grab.
Genie Meadows
One of my tradesmen took a chunk out of one of my steps leading to the front door.  It is only about 2 inchesbut it is unsightly.  Wondering how to do that.
H Rowland
I'm wondering how durable this repair is in a geographic area where there are seasonal extremes in temperature that can vary from -40c, (40 below F) in winter, to +38 C, (100 F) in summer..
Mary Quinn
Very helpful. Thank you
Rui M
Well Donne
mallow dogg
Why am I watching videos about fixing concrete?
Barry Hubbard
I like this method and was wondering if it would be suitable for repairing a typical wedge corner pop on a concrete slab? I have 4 corners to repair that support a 2 story brick wall.
Daniel Hinich
Why use a respirator? If you breath in the cement dust it will bond with the bronchi in your lungs and help reinforce them for years to come.
Great video, would have liked to see the final product
Brian Riley
Jeff - how do you deal with color matching the repaired step to the other steps so that the color looks natural and consistent after the repair? Is there a solution for this?
Liz Cooper
The contractor quoted me $600 for just one step repair such as this one. $600. #overpricedcontractor
Bubba Hogg-Buga
super important > important
Jonny boy
5 years later, how did it hold up?
KidCity Lynnwood
Will you marry me?
_ Remi _
My scenario, sidewalk curb is actually higher than slightly sunken/cracked slob/sidewalk and I like to make it even again. Can I lay rapid set cement over then paint it with two coats of portland cement and then spray it with concrete sealer. Should I use rapid set cement alone or add some sand to prevent cracking.
Nel F
Did it cute white ?
Barry Wind
Old timer told me that white glue applied to the old surface will make it bond. Haven't tried it yet.
Emmanuel Zamora
You could have saved a lot of time using a concrete vibrator, rotary drill or hammer on the form to eliminate the voids and filling void step for a cleaner look....
great video. thanks
Kaseem Spells
Great video
Robert B.
Should have mixed two batches, one 80% adding pea-gravel, which would make the casting much stronger, then before it fully sets up, finish off with a Quick Crete topper. I did this to a repair exactly like yours using Red Head bolts without pea-gravel and it eventually cracked and a chunk fell out. Then I was told by a cement guy to use pea-gravel the next time you do it. It will strengthen the core of it. So a few years later I did. Still holding but I don't think those stairs are used as much...
Jim Thompson
Lucky all the concrete repair scientists have shown up to comment.
My steps are in better condition than the one on this video, but I can see parts getting ready to start to crumble. But does anybody know, could the entire step been done with the "Quickcrete" so it would turn out to look complete re-done? Or does some of the surface have to be "Scuffed" for adhesion. Any input would be great Guys/Girls. Thanks for the video.