How can I fix and Support this planter?

by Muriel
We have an old (100 years) stone house with a large front porch. There's a large stone flower box alongside the steps that is pulling away from the house. What's the best way to support and repair this box? Any help is welcome - we're on a fixed income, so money is tight. Also, I'd have to do it myself as husband is disabled.

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  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Mar 10, 2017

    Hire a teen to knock it out and remove it. Then repaint the area - looks like it all needs to be replaced and since you don't have the money to do that - taking it out might be your best bet.

  • Muriel Muriel on Mar 10, 2017

    I don't want to remove it - I want to use it! But thanks for your post.

  • William William on Mar 10, 2017

    I agree with (Cindy) MarketingMomx4! Nothing you can do to repair it. Its falling apart from time and all the patch jobs are deteriorating. It would have to be removed and/or rebuilt.

  • ReneJackson ReneJackson on Mar 13, 2017

    Try removing the bricks, Mark them anathema rebuild with new mortar. On they show how to build and rebuild things made of bricks all the time. Some places pay money for old bricks.

  • Diane Simpkins Diane Simpkins on Mar 13, 2017

    Why don't you try to build around it with bricks. Cement them together and cover all the old stuff. Might work.

  • T. Martinelli T. Martinelli on Mar 13, 2017

    My home is all stone too,we built our home an had 200 year old stone brought in from Paris, France ,it was high $ but well worth it ,it fit the design of the home we had built ,took almost two years to finish our home ,here's pics

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  • Muriel Muriel on Mar 13, 2017

    I agree, it might work. Thanks for the tip!

  • Valerie Suell Valerie Suell on Mar 13, 2017

    You might want to do that "thinl outside the box" thing....I'm looking at it and I say to embrace the crumbles so to speak. So many things look better with character. We own a small business in the electrical trade so we have to hand mix cement sometimes for outdoor lamp posts, etc. Anyways, I am about 5'4" and 125lbs and can do this fairly easily on my own. So I dont see another lady having a lot of trouble. You can buy mortar repair stuff in all kinds of forms. Mix up kind, caulk gun kind. My idea is this. A fairy garden. See this pic of one I made and you will catch my meaning. Like I said, embrace the crumble! Grab some caulk gun style repair to strengthen up that side and then have at it!

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  • Muriel Muriel on Mar 13, 2017

    Beautiful home - but mine is much more modest and we're on social security, so can't afford anything like that. But thanks, anyway!

  • Steve Woodward Steve Woodward on Mar 14, 2017

    The separation from the home is due to settling, it needs a better footing/base. There are many good youtube videos on packed a base for pavers that would be a good enough base for a small slab.

    First, for any repair to work the paint needs to be removed, all crumbling mortar will then need chipped out, by then you may only have bricks left, buy a bag of mortar and watch a few youtube videos, it is not a difficult repair if done methodically.

    Another option is remove the paint and parging (or stucco) this will cover a multitude of sins for awhile, but only if the stucco is able to bind with the brick, to do this ALL the paint must be removed.

  • Angela Statz Angela Statz on Mar 14, 2017

    wrap it in chicken wire then airstone it.