CELLAR STEPS TILEWORK - 2004
"The Blair Witch Project"
The back entrance to this house consists of an irregularly formed concrete landing and five extremely odd steps leading to the cellar, plus four wood steps and a landing leading up to the kitchen.
I had issues with these steps! The cellar steps, reminiscent of the climax scene in the movie "The Blair Witch Project", do possess a certain charm......but, they are tricky to navigate and my younger daughter has made several trips down the hard way! In addition, the bottom step becomes a reservoir after a heavy rain.
Step 1 - Analyze the rise. I think a standard amount of rise for a step is usually 7-8", but I'm not inclined to argue the point with reasonably stable 80 year-old concrete. You gotta respect your elders for making it this far!
Stats: The rise varies from 7.25" to 10.25", which might explain some of the navigational problems.
Step 2 - Equalize the rise. If I build up steps 1, 4 and 5, I can establish a somewhat even 9" rise per step. This works out well, because step one needs adjustment to stop water retention anyway. And step 5, "The Wedge", which has a sizable chunk chipped from its edge, needs a full 1.5" added.