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10-06-2019, 10:36   #1
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Shallow concrete steps

I have a series of 3 shallow - about 2" - concrete steps at around 5ft intervals on one side of the house. Just enough to trip over! Would it be possible to get these made into a slope, or any other ideas? Thanks.
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10-06-2019, 10:45   #2
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2 inches every 5 foot is a slope of about 1 in 30 which is a nice gentle slope. You could definitely install a ramp but you need to make sure you put in appropriate drainage or rain will flow down it and possibly collect in a pool at the bottom.

2 inches is a definite trip hazard but is very small for a step - I'm surprised it is not a slope in the first place.
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Have fewer, bigger steps.

Humans hate slopes.

edit: wait, 3%? That's basically flat.
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Have fewer, bigger steps.

Humans hate slopes.

edit: wait, 3%? That's basically flat.
Yes it is a very slight slope, and there is gravel alongside which is fine - I'd be a bit inclined (!) to remove the concrete and just have gravel but haven't thought through the implications of this.

If I did change it can you just put concrete on top of existing concrete as a slope?
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Yes it is a very slight slope, and there is gravel alongside which is fine - I'd be a bit inclined (!) to remove the concrete and just have gravel but haven't thought through the implications of this.

If I did change it can you just put concrete on top of existing concrete as a slope?
If the steps are easy to remove I'd just get rid of them, level the gravel and see how you feel about it.

I have a set of three or four chunky wooden steps at the side of my house and one rotted to bits, so last year I took it out, meaning to replace it. In the end it was fine with the missing step, which still seems completely ridiculous but there you go.
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