How to Install Precast Concrete Steps | Ask This Old House

In this video, mason Mark McCullough helps a homeowner remove his crumbling stone steps. Then, he tours a factory to learn how precast concrete steps are made and helps install a set at the homeowner’s house.

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The front steps appear to be original to the 1940s house and they haven’t aged well. This Old House Mason Mark McCullough demolishes the original and installs a base for the new steps. Then, he takes a tour of the facility where the precast concrete steps are made.

Time: 2 days
Cost: $2,000 and up
Skill Level: Moderate to prep and Professional to make and install steps

Jackhammer []
Shovel []
Hand tamper []
Wire twister []
Finishing trowel []

Shopping List:
Precast concrete steps []
4 pieces of 2×4” []
Steel ties []
Rerod []
High strength concrete mix []

Where to find it?
Mark toured the facility of and then installed precast concrete steps with a stone veneer from Shea Concrete ( Steps can be ordered to size and with a desired finish (if any), and they are delivered directly to site.

Before the steps can be delivered, the old steps needed to be removed and a new concrete base needed to be poured. The jackhammer used to remove the steps can be rented from any home center, and the other materials used for the job, including the concrete mixes, wheelbarrows, trowels, and shovels can all be found at home centers as well.

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