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Wall in garden - coping not deep enough!

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by Downside123, 24 Feb 2021.

  1. Downside123

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    Hi all

    I plan to render an outside wall. I’ve done a few walls before and there’s lots of useful tips here on the forum.

    However I have one issue (which perhaps you can see from image):

    The paved steps were meant to overhang the wall. One step does and will produce a nice edge, however the other pavers are flush to the wall.

    I had one builder make the block work, and another on the slabs. They both went straight and square but obviously to different lines!

    In the problem area I was thinking of using a stop bead, and then creating a shallow chamfer into the slab above. This will be exposed to weather and could crack..any other ideas?

    bringing up the slab and realigning it is something I want to avoid as I don’t have extra slabs to lay.

    many thanks experts.

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  3. Downside123

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    Ps, I will render right down to the ACO below it. There is a decent gap in behind the ACO itself, that’s not an issue.
     
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    Should've gone for bigger size.
    And I hope those steps slope out so not to get the wall soaked.
     
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    Hi Johnny
    Couldn’t agree more - it’s a shame I only spotted it after the job was done.
    The steps are sloped and water runs off in the right direction, so at least that’s a plus.

    do you think I could get away with a stop bead below each step, and then a chamfer finish to meet the step above? I know this is not the right way, but I’m going to have to take second best.
     
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    What's underneath the steps?
    Concrete?
     
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    Yes they’re laid on concrete.
     
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    In that case the worst that can happen is that they get dislodged by water infiltration.
    Unless you wanna lift them and replace, go ahead with your plan.
    Personally I would've rendered first and put the coping stones at the end (they would've stayed clean as well)
     
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    Thanks Johnny.
    Yes, in hindsight I would have had them render first, but it was a decision based on budget at the time. As they say, you learn from your mistakes. The builder could have also used a wider slab, so in part it’s a combination of issues.
    thanks again
     
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