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We started out thinking we would have to tear out and replace all 7 steps leading up to our stoop.
We ended up with a hybrid solution that included disassembling and reconstructing most of the existing steps, tying them into the porch platform with rebar, digging under them and pouring 18" of concrete, adjusting the step heights so they are all equal, topping each step with 2 inch blue stone.
In addition, he noticed that the red brick tile platform of the porch was sagging. After inspecting it further and conferring with us, we concluded that it need to be reinforced.
Initially no work was going to be done on the stoop, but we ended up covering over the entire 6"X0" platform with a 6" wide, 2" thick border of blue stone with PA field stone in the middle. The 4" X 6" poured concrete platform at the bottom of the steps and the treads of the poured concrete steps leading down to the sidewalk were finished with the same blue stone and field stone. The risers on each of the steps were faced with the same brick used in the rest of the stoop. Everything blends so well It looks like it was always a part of the house.
When we balked at starting the project until after Christmas because we had no one to do the wrought iron railings
The mason and his helper did superb work. Every brick and mortar line matches the brick and mortar of the original steps and stoop. The steps are all the same height and within Code. A new step at the bottom had to be added to accomplish this. Everything was place with precision. They worked their buns off everyday starting early in the morning and working until dark, sometimes after dark. They were both friendly and always had time to answer questions and cleaned up each day before they left. I might add that the project was completed on time and on budget.
We could not be happier with the results. The front stoop has gotten rave reviews from many the neighbors and friends, several of whom have inquired about having K Squared redo their
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They found 25 feet of line which was stuffed with tree roots. They dug this all up and replaced it with solid pipe, and the flooded septic tank began to flow right away. Good news, since this means the rest of the field is OK for now.
One thing I really appreciated was all the good advice Buck gave me about keeping my system going. I need to add copper sulphate in March and again in August to keep all roots at bay, and have it pumped out every few years. Also, I needed to take out 2 more sweet
The best news is that, if I follow his advice, my system may well last another 30 - 40 years. I was relieved to have the problem solved. I'd heard stories of having to spend $1,000 to fix septic systems, so I was glad it cost me so much less than this.
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