If you have spruced up your garden with a beautiful concrete water fountain, then you should know how to maintain its beauty. Over time, the fountain may crack due to constant weathering by the elements. When you notice a crack or chip in the fountain, it is best to repair the damage as soon as you can. You will need certain materials, so make sure you have everything you need before beginning the repair.
Things You'll Need
- Heavy-duty gloves
- Safety goggles
- Wire brush
- Hose and water
- Portland cement
- White sand
- Wooden dowel
- Putty knife
Turn the fountain off, and then put on your goggles and heavy-duty gloves to prevent concrete dust from getting in your eyes and to keep from cutting your hands with the chisel. Wipe away any loose dirt from the fountain with the wire brush.
Place the chisel tip inside of the crack, hold it at a 45-degree angle and then tap the top of the chisel with the mallet to widen and deepen the damage. This will make it easier to fill with compound for the repair.
Wipe away the dust with the wire brush. Soak the area with the hose to prevent the existing concrete from pulling moisture out of the fresh compound.
Combine two parts sand and three parts Portland cement. Add small amounts of water as needed to prevent the mix from becoming too thick.
Fill the crack with the compound, using the putty knife to spread it evenly and smoothly.
Let the compound harden and cure for 24 to 48 hours before turning the fountain back on.
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