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I was visiting a friend who had just moved into a new home, and I saw these steps they made with cinder blocks. I thought this was great. They look so nice and orderly! Make Steps From Cinder Blocks

 
Make Steps From Cinder Blocks
 

By Robyn Fed from Hampton, TN

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August 18, 20104 found this helpful

Brick steps DO get very slick in winter months. They hold moisture and freeze with a slight film. Just an FYI. They do look nice.

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December 13, 20160 found this helpful

Dear friend thank you for sharing this. I seen a similar idea and thought this has to be in expensive . Probably cheaper than having a contractor install new steps.

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I knew I could use this idea for my falling steps. Thank you. Linda

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September 29, 20190 found this helpful

I'd like to use locks for my 24 foot by 52 inches high a over ground pool, instead of building wooden stairs. What do you think?

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May 9, 20201 found this helpful

I used them on our 18x48 pool..they worked well...I then took indoor/outdoor carpet and adhesived it to the stairs...worked very well.!!!!!

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July 21, 20200 found this helpful

That is exactly what I'm looking to do - build some for my 18x48 pool. Do you have pictures or can you tell me how many blocks it took??

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July 17, 20211 found this helpful

You could use a waterproofed to prevent moisture retention.

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December 30, 20210 found this helpful

Also they Crack with ice and snow.

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August 19, 20101 found this helpful

Great frugal idea! I really like the way it looks. As with the last comment posted, I'd put some rubber mat strips down. You could probably use old car mats.

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Just use a little construction adhesive. Also I'd put a little cement between them just to keep them from separating.

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July 7, 20170 found this helpful

You can paint them and add sand! Helps with our slick winters!

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August 19, 20101 found this helpful

Is mortar used to keep them from separating (like you use with red bricks)?

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August 20, 20101 found this helpful

I didn't know this and I will tell her these facts right away! I don't know if there is mortar in there or not, I think there is not. Thank you so much!

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Blessings,

Robyn

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July 6, 20190 found this helpful

You don't really need mortar for a project like this but it would be wise to use construction adhesive. Mortar would be the better choice but construction adhesive is good for simplicity

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August 23, 20100 found this helpful

Now I have an idea to pass on to my sister in IL. Someone filled their cellar with cinder blocks.

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December 31, 20183 found this helpful

Unfortunately, code maximum rise is 7-3/4" (and minimum tread depth 10", with 3/4" minimum nosing; if no nosing, 11"). 8x8x16" CMU exceeds the new code mandated maximum rise. Don't do this, because if somebody came over and fell/tripped or whatever, you could be sued and cited.

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I am also certain code enforcement would take issue with them not being mortared (as depicted).

If you must do this, use 6" CMU (and mortar).

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May 2, 20220 found this helpful

When I was about 12, we moved into a "new" house my dad had built. Dad had a lot of cement blocks. We had both a front and back porch he built for 'temporary' use. Although temporary turned into several years, he did ultimately get them replaced (using some for the foundation of the porches). He worked hard to get a large stash of these blocks. They were salvaged from the basement of a house that a tornado had destroyed. He spent a lot of time cleaning, stacking and storing those blocks.

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He didn't have any equipment to use, just hand tools. He also had to use a ladder to access the hole in the ground that had been the basement. He also built an oversized double car garage with them. My folks have been gone a number of years, but the house and the garage are still standing. Reuse, repurpose, recycle was not a slogan in our family, it was the way we were brought up.

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