Concrete Repair With Mortar, Commercial Epoxy or Latex-Patching Compounds 

Learn about repairing concrete with this step-by-step masonry restoration guide.

February 19, 2013 
By John Kelsey 

Try your hand at a DIY masonry project by mending the concrete around your home. This extensive guide is excerpted from Masonry: The DIY Guide to Working with Concrete, Brick, Block and Stone (Fox Chapel Publishing, 2012), a book in the Homeowner Survival Guide series. Masonry shows how to design, build and repair masonry like an expert, with the latest techniques and materials, step-by-step directions, safety advice, and hundreds of color illustrations. The following excerpt includes instructions for several types of concrete repair.  

Paradoxically, concrete surfaces cannot be repaired with concrete — the coarse gravel aggregate in the new concrete would prevent a strong bond between the patch and the surrounding area. Instead, it’s best to use mortar or commercial epoxy or latex-patching compounds designed for concrete repairs.


  • Cold chisel
  • Ball-peen hammer
  • Paintbrush
  • Mason’s trowel
  • Steel trowel
  • Sledgehammer
  • Wire brush
  • Putty knife
  • Circular saw
  • Stair edger