Making Foundation Repairs Yourself

When you start thinking about weatherproofing your house, look down. You may need to make foundation repairs.



foundation repairs - building exterior, damanged foudation
Cracks and crumbing mortar indicate areas in need of foundation repairs.
Photo by MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff
foundation repair - materials and tools
Materials and tools for foundation repair: mixing container, masonry-grade cement, spray bottle, whisk broom, pointing trowel, putty knife, screwdriver, wire brush, and plastering trowel.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff
foundation repair - removing old grout
Remove the old, deteriorated grout from between the bricks, using the screwdriver and putty knife.
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foundation repair - applying grout
Apply the new mortar to the cracks with a pointing trowel, and scrape off the excess.
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foundation repairs - smoothing
Smooth the grout with a broom or trowel.
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foundation repair - brushing out a seam
Give the joint a good going-over with a wire brush. Sweep out the joint with a whisk broom and wipe it clean with a towel.
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