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Cement Entry Repair

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    LESLIE: Doug in Rhode Island is working on cement repair. What can we do for you?

    DOUG: Yeah, hi. I appreciate you taking my call. I enjoy your show. I have a problem where I have a 4×4 cement entry that’s about five inches high. I’ve been in this home about 20 years and finally – I guess the ice treatment finally started deteriorating one of the corners; well, the outside corner of this. And it’s pretty bad. I guess it’s about six inches each way off the corner; so it’s like the whole triangle is falling and crumbling on the end.
    TOM: OK.
    DOUG: And the question is whether I should try to repair it or do I need to bust up the whole thing and try to – and then replace it.
    TOM: No, absolutely not. You certainly can repair it. What you want to use is an epoxy patching compound. You basically can mold a new corner for that. And probably a good product is Abatron. That’s their website – Abatron.com. They’ve got a whole boatload of concrete repair products. You can also find these at home centers and hardware stores but the key here is to not use cement. You want to use an epoxy patch because that’s going to stick really well and it’s not going to crack and fall off again.
    LESLIE: Mm-hmm, and if you head to their website first, you can sort of see exactly which product is perfect for the repair that you’re working on. A lot of them are self-leveling. They’re the same color as concrete. They really just adhere fantastically and work very, very well.
    DOUG: I appreciate your time.
    TOM: You’re welcome, Doug. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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