Making Steps with Cinder Blocks

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August 18, 2010

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, 20105 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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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.


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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August 19, 20101 found this helpful

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

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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.


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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