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        I've been told to purchase a small container of hydraulic cement to put in the hole around the base of the railing on my concrete porch. I have new outdoor carpeting on the floor there. What can I use to ensure the cement gets in that small hole without making a total mess of things. Also, is this product the correct thing to use for this fix?
         
        Posts: 1 | Registered: Aug 05, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Hydraulic cement would work, it expands as it cures so it tends to lock in the railing tighter than regular cement. In this application you want cement not concrete as the aggregate would prove to be a problem getting into the hole.

        I would mask off the area on the outdoor carpeting to keep the cement off of it. Once it cures anything thing that gets on the carpet around the hole can be scraped off with a putty knife. If you got some on the carpet away from the hole you you hose it off before it cures.


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        Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

        My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
         
        Posts: 890 | Location: Cary, NC | Registered: Aug 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Hydraulic cement will work nicely for the hole, but will not offer any real strength for a loose railing.
        Can you post a picture of your railing.?
        You may have to add ell brackets depending on how your railing was installed.
         
        Posts: 910 | Registered: Jan 29, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        If the railing goes into the hole and is not just surface mounted the hydraulic cement will do the job.


        General Disclaimer

        Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

        My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
         
        Posts: 890 | Location: Cary, NC | Registered: Aug 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        or, if the rawl/drop-in anchor in that hole is loose so you can twist a bolt in and pull it out, get an expanding-base bolt, drop a little hydraulic cement or contractor epoxy in there, squish in the expanding bolt, tamp down the pin to spread the bolt... and replace the railing in an hour, or next day, depending on the material used.

        which is something I haven't gotten around to doing on the rail on the back stairs, but I know it works from elsewhere...

        here's a picture, see the little pin on the right side? this is also called a strike anchor.

        This message has been edited. Last edited by: swschrad,


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