Several years ago I started to work on the stairs to the side porch. I had replaced most of the bricks that had fallen out or were loose, but as for the stairs themselves, well I was not sure what to do. The stairs had fallen into a sloped position due to settling. I pondered as to what the best approach would be, remove and relay all the bricks (labor intensive since the bricks were placed in cement-not just mortar), pour some sort of leveling cement on the top (probably would look tacky) or just leave them and justify it by saying "it's the character of the home" or use "the bricks aren't sloped it's just all in your mind" approach (not sure how successful I would be at that). Anyway much to my better judgement I decided that the best approach would be to remove the bricks and relay them. I completed the bottom step before we left for Russia. Now that we are back I have been able to redo the second level. And yes, it is quite labor intensive,but it has given me an excuse to buy some more tools-you need tools to do the work you know. (They may not appear to be level in the picture but trust me they are.) Now only four more steps to go and winter is around the corner.