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How to tile over cinder block holes?

I bought a house that has cinder block wall in the backyard. Whoever installed this wall opted to place the top blocks so that the holes are facing the side rather than the top and bottom. They then ...
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Repaint masonry window sill

Our house has a Victorian bay window and what appears to be chunky masonry/concrete window sills. They look like they are painted with some form of gloss which has become flaky and green over the ...
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Additional brick veneer to existing construction

I am looking at a home that is a 2 story colonial. The first 10 feet or so from the ground is brick veneer (one row thick), and the upper story is vinyl. The vinyl is looking pretty bad. Is it ...
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Is there a masonry filler tough enough to drill into once it's set

Our new home has two old metal gates front and back where the screws mounting the locking points have chipped out of the brickwork leaving large holes (40 - 50mm tall/deep). Is there a masonry ...
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Yellow stains on fresh plaster over concrete?

I'm trying to fix up the walls in an old house in Taiwan. The structure is plaster over concrete (?) over brick (or in some cases, cinder block). Some walls in some rooms have what appears to be ...
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What should I use to seal/coat interior of stone foundation wall?

I have a stone foundation in my basement which was re-pointed about 4 years ago. While slight, the mortar crumbles a little bit over time. As a result, it causes a bit of a mess with the dust at the ...
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How to build a CMU wall to specific size?

My current design for a garage is 24' by 24'. There are 2 garage doors on the front 9' in width, with 1 1/2" on each side to install them into. This leaves 66" for the front facing CMU wall, which is ...
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Masonry protruding entrance water protection

My rear entrance is wood frame set in masonry (brick + terracotta brick) wall. It has aluminum flashing but it's old (way before I got the house) and the top edge isn't protected anymore (since I tore ...
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Should concrete stair landing be anchored to building?

I have a small, approximately 3x3' concrete landing in front of my basement door, from which stairs go up to the street level. I need to redo it and was wondering whether to tie the rebar from under ...
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Concrete stairs substrate preparation and layering

I need to pour small stair entry into my basement, about 4 steps and it is narrow, with a brick retention wall on both sides. I was going to first evenly grade and pack the dirt, then put gravel, ...
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Gravel under concrete stairs

Laying gravel under flat concrete slabs is easy because the levelness of dirt bed makes it easy to distribute it evenly. But when preparing to pour concrete stairs on a graded bed, what are good ways ...
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What kinds of contractors deal with basement/foundation flooding/leaks?

Winter is coming to an end. All the snow/ice in my back lawn is thawing. A massive vertical crack has opened in my basement wall (the foundation) and water is hemmoraging in. I tried parging it with ...
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What is this sanding disc and where could I find one?

As best I can tell, it's a 5" diameter, open-coat, all-metal (steel? tin?) arbor-mounted sanding disc. It's the only thing that will remove tar from brick on my house, and I really need to purchase ...
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Fireplace sealing to avoid “false chimney”

I'm building a new fireplace with a 2cm granite surround (around the firebox opening). This leaves (by design) a 1/2" gap between the back of the granite and the face of the firebox & smoke dome ...
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Good, affordable pathway materials for sidewalk with tree root problems

I recently moved into my first home. Unfortunately, the concrete slab pathway leading from the town sidewalk to the front door is buckling from the roots of an enormous pine tree that grows near it. ...
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Code requirement for depth of Counter Flashing and material sealant?

Okay, I've got a recently-installed standing-seam metal roof. The roofers ground out the brick in my chimney to install counter-flashing. Recently there was a big leak around the area of the chimney. ...
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Can a seat wall and fire pit be built on existing pavers patio?

I have an existing circular area in my uncovered paver patio area. I would like to have two curved seat walls, either stucco or stone veneer with flag stone or cement seats and no back, and a fire pit ...
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How to tighten screw in looser masonry hole?

I'm using 5/16" masonry rated screws to secure my door frame in masonry. When I use 3/16" drill bit, the screw won't go in and when I use the next size up, 1/4", the screw goes in but it doesn't lock ...
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How to make custom concrete brick?

I would like to make a custom brick for a decorative purpose. It will be painted so the material is not important, meaning it doesn't have to be a clay brick, could be concrete like cinder blocks. I ...
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Setting freezeless valve in masonry

I need to set this freezeless valve through a layer of bricks/mortar. Should I set mortar directly around the pipe or should I leave some spacing and fill it with insulation foam (or something ...
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Smoothening masonry surface

Is there an appropriate grinder blade, or another tool, with which I can iron out masonry surfaces like this? Sort of like a masonry equivalent of a planer or a belt sander.
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Should custom masonry mixes first be mixed dry?

I am currently doing a small retro plastering job ("retro" because I am in the U.S.). I am mixing masonry sand with lime plaster. The way I do it is make a homogeneous mix of sand and lime while ...
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Insulation foam in hollow bricks and blocks

This is a wall in the extension to my house, which I estimate to have been added around the 1930s (house is 1909) using mostly large hollow bricks that look more like cinder blocks but are not of ...
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Planning for stone veneer

I'd like to replace a 4x4 column supporting the overhang at our front door with a post housing a light. Roughly speaking I envision the post to be about 12 to 18 inches square with the bottom portion ...
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How can I anchor something in the gaps between the bricks or rocks of a fireplace without damaging the masonry?

I want to hang fireplace tools next to my fireplace without damaging the stone work. I don't want to drill into it. The stones have mortar between them with gaps about half an inch wide: I have ...
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Cement board or plywood for stuccoing over

I have a former window I want to close and stucco over. I did the framing already. Was wondering if I should use a cement board or 1/2" OSB or plywood with wire mesh as substrate to stucco over (to ...
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Has our new septic tank been properly waterproofed?

We have a new septic tank made of solid stone masonry. The masonry is held together by cement mortar and has been plastered with cement plaster. A professional working on the job has ensured us that ...
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Is mortar waterproof?

I was advised by a professional that mortar is waterproof, however sources online are telling me that it's not. So is mortar waterproof or not? Does waterproofness vary by mortar classification (e.g. ...
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Cutting out shapes inside cement board

I need to cut out a shape (rectangular opening) inside a cement board. Was wondering if it can be done with a jigsaw and a special blade once I have pilot holes drilled in each corner.
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Plugging hole in hollow brick

The extension to my house is built with hollow brick elements and I have a hole on one of them that I'd like to plug and mortar over. Since it's hollow in the back of the hole inside the element, I ...
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What is this landing/wrap-around feature on porch steps called.

What is this style or feature called? If it has a name...!
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Moist sandy gravel between frost-proof monolithic slab and insulation. Is it going to freeze and expand?

I’m planning on pouring a monolithic slab with insulation beneath to prevent frost heave of the ground below. It’s a somewhat common technique, there’s just not many folks I can find in Massachusetts ...
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Chimney crown repair - cover holes in bricks?

Getting ready to repair the chimney crown, using this Family Handyman article as a guide. On our chimney, there is a line of bricks around the crown that have exposed holes in them. The holes are ...
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Support under brick or stone facade

We're renovating a pier and beam house with a concrete ring wall that supports the outer walls. The existing walls are finished with vertically installed wood panels, approx 12" x 8', which lap over ...
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How to repair / reinforce deteriorated footings and subsoil below brick & concrete porch

My fiancee and I recently moved into a 1922 brick craftsman-style home. The front porch has a ~4" poured concrete floor and large solid concrete railing caps (12"W x 4"D). Brick columns support the ...
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Can I add thin brick veneer directly to interior plaster

I have an interior plaster over wood-lathe wall that I'd like to cover using thin brick veneer. The plaster wall is generally in good shape (though some patching will need to be done for some ...
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How much mortar between bricks?

Our Chimney was in bad repair, and we had two chimney companies come and and say basically the same thing, it needed to be partially torn down, re-bricked, new crown, new damper door. Ok, so the ...
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How to minimise the amount of concrete needed for a shed foundation?

I’m looking to build a 6m by 3m shed in the back garden. It will be jammed in between 3 neighbours’ gardens, so it will have to be less than 2.5m high. Roof will most likely be a low grade pitch with ...
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1910's vintage stone and motar foundation wall crumbles along its base

My Project goal: prevent crumbling of a parged and painted stone foundation, which is not an 'exterior' wall. Means to attain goal: coat the wall. My basement walls, which are parged and painted, ...
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I'm trying to mount a TV into a brick wall covered by 2“-2.5” of drywall… is this doable?

I'm trying to mount a 39" TV that I have previously mounted (with no issues) into typical wooden studs with an arm mount. The mount uses two vertically oriented 5/16" bolts. After stopping by my local ...
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What load rating for securing bookcases/cabinets with anchors?

I have two full-height bookcases that I want to anchor to a concrete wall. Unfortunately I think I have only 3/4" max. embedment because of pipes, etc. I can only find two anchor options, a #6-3/4" ...
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How do I tell if my house is brick or brick veneer?

I live in a brick house, and am interested in understanding whether it is brick or brick veneer, as a way to understand what kind of risks it (and we) may face during an earthquake. I hear that brick ...
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Applying wooden planks to masonry wall

Introduction I would like to cover my bathroom walls with wooden planks because it looks downright hipster. Trouble is that there is masonry directly under the surface, and also they will potentially ...
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How can I attach a kitchen hood to a mud wall?

I am trying to attach a kitchen hood to a wall in a 200 yr old house. The wall is quite poor quality: random rubble I believe it's called. From what I can see it's essentially mud. The kitchen hood is ...
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What are my options for laying concrete block around lolly columns?

I have a project where a concrete wall has been poured with lolly columns embedded in it. I want to lay concrete block from the poured wall to the sill. What are my options for laying the concrete ...
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Different options for setting floor joists on top of cinder block foundation

I am in the preliminary phases of a new home design, which I will eventually get run by a professional builder but I am conceptualizing it on my own. So I am exploring different ways to attach the ...
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Parging foundation in Rain

We are looking to buy a house. The Home Insurance has given us a month to parge the outside foundation in some spots. It is late March and we will get the keys in early April. Is it possible to parge ...
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How should I apply brick to interior wall? [duplicate]

I came across this question and I was wondering what ended up happening,real brick or brick veneer? I want to lay the brick over drywall on one of the walls(13x10feet)in the basement. I just wanted ...
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What can I do about my deteriorating basement floor with a large hole that seems to go right through to clay?

We live in 90 year old house with an unfinished basement. I've been working on removing a lot of the crap that the previous owner did, and removing a lot of concrete debris. Then I ran into this ...
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after sealing the chimney, fireplace still not insulated

I found a way to use a large chimney balloon and pretty much block all downdraft. Sadly, the fireplace and hearth are still very cold, and it sucks heat out of the surrounding floor too. Perhaps the ...