Shed cement foundation help

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Old 08-31-08, 01:11 PM
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Shed cement foundation help

We have a shed that has an old cement block foundation that is about 6-8" up from the ground. We have wood siding that meets the block foundation. The foundation has cracks in it that we want to seal up. We also want to put new vinyl siding over the old wood siding. We have snakes that like to crawl in the cracks in the foundation. It also looks like the snakes crawl up the foundation and crawl between the top of the foundation and the siding and hide in there. The snakes don't get inside the shed as we have sealed everything up on the inside. We want to make sure we seal everything up on the outside and get rid of the snake problem. We have thought of using something like quikcrete to go over the foundation and up underneath the siding as much as we can. Would that work? Do you have other suggestions? We live in Minnesota. Thanks!!
 
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are the hollows in the blocks open or filled with concrete?
unless the snakes are poisonous they will not hurt anything as a matter of fact they are the best mousers you can get. if you add vinyl siding over the wood you should add a flashing behind the vinyl to bring moisture out to the edge of the blocks, that will also help to seal out pests from behind the wood and vinyl.

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The hollows in the concrete are cracks, the biggest crack is maybe about 1" wide of so. Some of the cracks are between the blocks. Do you think quikcrete would work? We had thought of applying it all around the foundation and try to put it up under the wooden siding that is there now, not just in the cracks. Any better ideas?? Thanks!
 
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Old 08-31-08, 06:17 PM
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quickcrete probably has to coarse of agrigate in it to get into the cracks very well. i think that just mixing up some portland cement with sand (1 part portland to 3 parts sand) and enough water to get a smooth paste then either pouring into the crack or tuckpointing it into the cracks will work. I would then add a metal flashing to the siding to make sure any moisture and vermin are directed away from the foundation. if you are not going to cover the wood sideing you might be able to loosen the bottom layer of sideing and get the flashing up behind it preferably about 4 in, but any at all will help. the flashing should extend down the block 2 in.

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