Learn How to Repair Cracked Concrete - HWDIY


On this episode, Kim demonstrates how to repair cracked rotting concrete, to help fix damp and dusky basements.
If your basement is feeling a little bit damp, you may need to get some water proofing done. A damp basement can lead to all sorts of costly problems. Luckily, parging is a cost effective task that can save you, and your sinking basement, from going under.
Cracked Concrete can compromise the water seal of your basement.
The hammer has so many handy uses!
No need to be gentle here! Really push the parging in there!
Watch the step by step guide to fixing your concrete cracks.

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2 questions
  • P. Collier
    on Oct 1, 2016

    What is parge, concrete?

  • Mari
    on Jun 21, 2019

    Hi, thanks for the informative video! I have a stone firepit that is cracked on the bottom. Basically it has a 3-4 inch hole. How would I fix that? If I just follow your video the parge will fall through the hole. Thanks!

    • The Handy Woman DIY
      on Jun 22, 2019

      Hi Mari!


      For a hole that big you'll need to use Hydraulic Cement. With gloved hands you can work it into a thick substance that is pressed in. Trowel off the excess and then use a damp rag to make it flush.


      Just make sure that you aren't filling a weep hole because those are there to protect the inner structure with ventilation and drainage.


      All the best!

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  • The Handy Woman DIY
    on Jun 1, 2015

    It is very difficult to get an exact match, but you can get pigments to add to the parge that alter it's colour. Just remember, as the patch ages it will weather and the environment will alter it's appearance to better match the existing part which as already been weathered.

  • B. Enne
    on Jun 1, 2015

    Thanks :)

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