How to Repair a Loose Slate Walkway

Loose slate can be the perfect accompaniment to any home, due to its immense amount of durability, as well as lack of necessity in terms of maintenance. Due to this low amount of maintenance, many people see it as a great addition to a home, and they are right! This being said, and while it has an amazing amount of durability, things can happen. While there can be some minor damage to your slate walkway, it is actually not the most difficult fix by any means. Let’s take a look at the steps involved in repairing a loose slate walkway.

Get Together All Necessary Materials

You will need a few different tools in order to properly replace a tile, etc. on your loose slate walkway, including the following:

  1. A Rubber Mallet
  2. Level
  3. Fine Builder’s Sand
  4. Trowel
  5. Shop Broom
  6. Chisel/Knife

Grout Extraction

After the collection of materials, you will then need to get all of that grout out of there. Using a chisel, you will remove the grout from the damaged tile you want to replace. After the grout is removed, you should be able to easily take the tile out of place. Carefully remove this, and you will be able to move onto the next step, but you really need to make sure you are careful because hitting the slate with the chisel can further damage it. Similarly, you will need to remove the tile carefully, as it can crack during the removal process.

Replace Tile

Last, but not least, you can now replace the tile! By leveling off the area with builder’s sand, you will get a surface that is even. From here you will place the tile on top of the leveled sand and then press in with a rubber mallet. After it is firmly in place, just sweep the area and you are good to go.

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