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Using stucco on stoop floor

sgreenwalt | Posted in General Questions on

I’m looking for help/suggestions for a solution on my stoop. 

Problem 1 (Patching Hole): Previous owners built a new stoop to the front of the house and didn’t leave a place for water to drain. (See the lip that goes around the stoop ends up collecting water when it rains)

The back corner in the first picture is downhill, so I thought I would attempt to put a drain over there. 

The hole saw went through the first layer pretty easy, then got very difficult. That’s when I realized it was concrete for another 1″ – 2″ before it goes hollow underneath the stoop. 

So I stopped drilling. 

My thought now is to patch this hole I started…but I don’t know what surface of the stoop is made of. Is that stucco over concrete? 

Problem 2 (Cutting channel): If I don’t continue with the drain idea, my next thought is to cut a channel in the lip of the stoop in that back corner so that water can flow out of there. 

My plan is to cut the channel, then stucco the channel to seal the wood. 


Any ideas appreciated. 

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    Brian Pontolilo | | #1

    Hi Sgreenwalt.

    You can certainly cut in drians and build up a picthed concrete surface, like creating a mortar bed for a shower. The first thing that came to my mind however, was a roof. Building a portico over the stoop would also shelter people using the door.

    Do you have a photo that shows this part of the house?

    I'll be curious to see what other have to suggest.

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