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Question DetailsAsked on 4/19/2016

How to repair a brick and fieldstone stair step

The steps to our house have taken a toll with harsh winter of last couple of years.
I think what added to it is two heavy door mats which trapped water under them.

Bricks were coming loose and so I removed bricks and fieldstones . I can see solid concrete block under that which is not damaged .

Here are my questions --

1) Some of the spots seem to have very strong mortar . Do I need to remove those too (will need a demo hammer) or only the loose crumbling ones

2) The fieldstones seem to be resting on a bed of sand. Is that something normal , and should I lay fieldstones like that ?

3) I can see two holes on two corners --might be just crumbling mortar but I am wondering if it can be something like weep holes ?

4) Can I use something other than fieldstones ? If so, what (with a similar thickness)

5) Should I use N type cement mortar or S type ?

6) After demo, the surface has a lot of high and low spots. do I need to grind those or just use mortar to smooth them out ?

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