Use Sakrete to Check 3 Items Off Your Honey-Do List

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Sakrete® Type S Mortar/Stucco Mix
Sakrete Top'n Bond® Concrete Patcher
Sakrete Fast Setting Cement Patcher
Sakrete Bonder & Fortifier
Sakrete Leak Stopper

Common household repairs are often the top priority on a honey-do list. From repairing cracks in your concrete to repairing loose or missing mortar to stopping an active water leak, we’re here to help you check three major items off your honey-do list.

1. Repairing a non-structural mortar joint in a concrete block or brick wall

Cracks and repairs in mortar joints can be a common item to check off a honey-do list, especially after moving into a home. Non-structural cracks (or missing mortar) in the mortar joints — not the concrete block or brick — can be fixed using Sakrete Type S Mortar/Stucco Mix.

Here’s how it’s done:

Using a grinder, available for rent at most home improvement stores, or a chisel and hammer, route out any loose mortar and clean the new void thoroughly with a wire brush or compressed air before starting. Be sure to remove all loose mortar. Next, wet the area to help bond the Sakrete Type S Mortar/Stucco Mix to the surface of your wall. You can also prime the area using the Sarkete Bonder and Fortifier. Then, using a grout bag, fill the area by piping the mixture into the void. Caution should be taken when adding water, over watering will result in soft mortar joints. If you’re handy in the kitchen, this is very similar to piping a cake. Use a jointing tool or the handle of a wooden tool to level off the mortar mixture. Scrape any excess mix off the joint and your joint crack has successfully been repaired.

2. Repairing a chip in a concrete step or a crack in a concrete patio

A chip in a concrete step or crack on a concrete patio can not only be an eyesore but can also cause a safety hazard. Depending on the thickness or depth of the damage and amount of time you can keep the area closed to foot traffic, you can use Sakrete Top'n Bond Concrete Patcher or Sakrete Fast Setting Cement Patcher to patch your concrete surface.

Here’s how to do it:

First, determine how thick your application needs to be. Applications 2 inches to 1/4 inch in thickness should use Sakrete Fast Setting Cement Patcher, and applications 1/2 inch to feather-edge should use Sakrete Top'n Bond Concrete Patcher. Working time should also be considered. When using Sakrete Fast Setting Cement Patcher, you need to work quickly to make sure your application is finished before it starts to set. Mix only the amount of material that can be placed in five minutes.

To fix a 2-inch chip in a concrete step, remove any broken concrete debris from your project and mix Sakrete Fast Setting Cement Patcher. Replacing one quart of water with Sakrete Bonder and Fortifier will help with adhesion. Wet the existing concrete to allow the material to bond to your step or primer the area to be repaired with Sakrete Bonder and Fortifier. Once you’ve mixed your Sakrete Fast Setting Cement Patcher, place your material into the void. Be generous and use a trowel to work the sides and corners of the void first. Make sure to fill the crevasses in your sides and then work toward the middle filling a level amount of material into the void. Continue to fill until the material is even with the existing concrete slab. Use a finishing trowel to level the surface and scrape away any excess material. Using a dry paint brush, brush the surface of the patch to the existing slab to ensure slip resistance brush finished surface.

3. Stopping a water leak

Minor basement leaks can spring up at any time, and they can be a pain to handle with little know-how. If you find yourself in this situation, Sakrete has just the right product for you — Leak Stopper. Sakrete Leak Stopper is an easy-to-apply mixture of rapid-setting cementitious materials designed to stop the flow of water through breaks in concrete or masonry walls and floors.

Here’s how to look like an expert:

The area you are plugging must be is free of unsound concrete, grease, oil and paint or any foreign materials that will inhibit adhesion. Then, if necessary, dampen the area before applying Sakrete Leak Stopper. Combine water with the product mix until you receive a thick, dough-like consistency. Do not mix more than can be put into place within one to two minutes from the time you start to mix. To apply, use your glove and apply a handful of Sakrete Leak Stopper directly into the opening from one side. Maintain constant pressure for three to four minutes until set. Then, use a trowel to lightly scrape off excess material.

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