Asked on Dec 13, 2018

How do I get my cement bird bath to lay flat on it's base?

PatSandy EngstromJudy


My hubby brought me home a new cement bird bath. The top is not connected to the base. The top doesn’t sit flush on base. It rotates, spins. Any ideas on how to have it lay flat on base? I was thinking maybe using a dremmel tool to smooth it out. Any ideas are welcome! Thanks in advance. And y’all have a very Merry Christmas 🎄!!

6 answers
  • The dremel tool is a good idea, Kristen. That way, you're only taking off a little at a time and you can check for fit. Good luck!

  • Sophia Chouprakos Crawford
    on Dec 13, 2018

    I don’t know

  • Vimarhonor
    on Dec 13, 2018

    Hello Christine,

    I would consider permanently attached to the bath to the base, using epoxy putty. It may be a permanent solution now but it would be a self leveling application of a clay to stabilize level and cemented in place. If you care to use the epoxy putty —here is some more information it’s one of my favorite repair/rehab products.

    It is the Oatey epoxy putty stick.I find it easier to work with than bondo and this clay like putty can be sculpted. It does harden in a few minutes and will dry a gray color can be sanded or drilled and will needing painting unless its final gray color works for your repair.

    It's a two-part epoxy sticky-found at big box hardware stores in the plumbing department near the pvc purple glue. In a clear plastic red capped tube. I get mine at Lowes $6. Home Depots version and JB Weld is more $ and smaller. Other smaller 2 part epoxy sticks options can alsobe found in the boat marine and wood repair shopping sections.

    You mix -press -then you can use scrape off excess (I use depleted gift card) and/or sand and paint. Cured putty is strong enough to drill through.

  • Judy
    on Dec 13, 2018

    Kristen, how annoying to have a new thing not right. Can you see where it’s higher in a spot?

    Maybe return it?

    If you are sure it’s cement you can dremel it if you see where it’s off set.

    Good luck with this.

  • Sandy Engstrom
    on Dec 14, 2018

    I had the same issue but solved it easily by using clay caulking, the kind that you buy in a roll to winterize windows. I simply peeled off several pieces and used it as a filler by putting it on the base and then placing the bowl onto it to get it level. It is removable and you can use as much as needed to solve the problem. It worked great for me and lasted many years.

  • Pat
    on Dec 14, 2018

    Our cement birdbath has a knob on the bottom that fits into a hole in the cement base. I am sure the others are giving you good advice on what to use to keep yours level

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