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Repair a Slate Patio

Updated:2014-06-18 11:34:56
Slate has been a popular choice for outdoor patios because it is both attractive and durable. But even the most durable stones may need to be repaired. Sometimes extreme weather conditions can do damage to slate. Also, dropping heavy objects on your slate patio can cause cracks and fissures. The good news is replacing a piece of slate is quite simple. If your slate patio was installed on a sand bed, just dig out the slate piece and replace it. If the patio uses mortar, you'll need to chisel away the mortar and take out the broken piece.

Instructions as follows:

                                                           

 

Firstly, break apart the mortar surrounding the piece of slate by using a chisel and hammer. Direct the chisel toward the broken stone in order to avoid damaging neighboring stones. Keep chiseling all the way around the stone until all of the mortar has been broken apart.
Secondly, break the damaged piece of slate slab into smaller pieces by using a hammer. This will make it easier to remove. Do not pound the piece of slate too hard. This can also break nearby stones.
Thirdly, take the broken pieces of slate out of the hole. If there is any more mortar still surrounding the sides or the bottom of where the slate was located, chisel it away.
Fourthly, take the replacement piece of slate tile and fit it in the hole. If the slate is too big for the space, use a hammer and chisel to cut the stone to the appropriate size.
Fifthly, remove any dirt and debris that is still in the hole by using a shop vacuum.

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