Cement steps cracked by metal railing - best way to repair?
Asked Jan 31, 2007, 05:04 PM
I have steps in the back of the house that are poured cement, about 6 inches thick, sitting on top of a wood and stucco structure. Embedded in the steps is a metal handrail. Every step where the metal is embedded is cracked and broken. I believe that over the years, water has snuck in between the metal and the concrete and caused the concrete to fail.
I need to repair this. My thought was to chip away at the broken concrete until I hit good concrete. Then I was going to make a form and pour concrete in to bond with the existing concrete step.
Is this a viable approach? I also am wondering if there is a good way to seal the metal/concrete junction to prevent water getting in and causing the problem all over again.
I have attached a photo that shows the worst of the steps.