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repairing cement block wall

KylefromKy's picture

Hello all,

Working on a friend's house, and wondering how best to repair this block wall. My first thought was to apply a rapid drying grout/mortar repair and sculpt to match the surrounding faced blocks, but now wondering if it would be better/easier to replace blocks entirely. Inside is a garage with easy access to corner. The concrete cap has been repaired since photo was taken.

 

Thanks for any advice!

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How pretty do you want it to (post #215046, reply #1 of 9)

How pretty do you want it to be?


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Just want it to look somewhat (post #215046, reply #3 of 9)

Just want it to look somewhat similar to the surrounding blocks!

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Kyle (post #215046, reply #5 of 9)

Contact a good masonry supply, I think we can still find those block in Ohio.  There might be something at least similar.  Corner block might be harder fo find.

best of luck.

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I didn't realize the corner (post #215046, reply #6 of 9)

I didn't realize the corner blocks were any different. I thought they were just staggered.

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Kyle (post #215046, reply #7 of 9)

one end of the block is surfaced like the face, hence corner block.

Same goes for current regular block, flat end and no ears.

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Remodeling Contractor just outside the Glass City.


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Replace the blocks. It'll be (post #215046, reply #2 of 9)

Replace the blocks. It'll be easier, less expensive and look like a pro dod the work.

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I'll do that. Thanks! (post #215046, reply #4 of 9)

I'll do that. Thanks!

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Note that that basic style of (post #215046, reply #8 of 9)

Note that that basic style of block was in its heyday 75-100 years ago, and likely has not been stocked in most parts of the country for 50 years or so. 

However, block is relatively easy to manufacture in small lots, and likely a number of precast shops around the US can make them to order, for a "small" setup charge.

A big question, though, is whether you can match that specific style closely, as there were several variations on the design.

Of course, you could simply replace with flat-faced block and then somehow build up a suitable texture, after installation.


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville