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An engine hoist with large wheels. If you can't find one pre-made "offroad engine hoist" will provide many design/modification ideas. An engine hoist with small wheels and planks or plywood laid on the ground to make a hard surface to run on. Same options as above but an A-frame hoist. A 3-point hitch crane on a tractor. A small excavator (rental, one ...


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Generally speaking when stone walls are falling apart there are two main reasons: (1) The structure has an unsound design. This is typically the case for badly designed retaining walls which have not been backed into the hill far enough. (2) The stone is ill-fitted. In your case reason #2 is probably the problem. You cannot just heap two unmatched stones ...


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Instead of tile, consider 9/16"-ish thin brick veneer, which looks good in combination with concrete block. Something like this: You could put a wire lath over the blocks, and then just use mortar to adhere the brick to the lath/blocks. Another option would to be run a 1x8 cedar "trim" board to cover the horizontal concrete blocks. This would look ...


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Depending on the local conditions, there may be a water proofing issue. Cementitious products (concrete and cement mortar) shrink due to the hydration process of cement. So your mortar joint will become slightly contracted. Clay bricks expand when they are moist and contract when they dry out. So the wider the joints are, the more the differential between ...


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hmm chimney repair is expensive and 8 inch brick are not really hard to find. Visual aesthetic is a important factor for masonry and restoration, and proper brick bond is important in load distribution and tensil strength and ultimately waterproofing.. so 3/8 inch is the standard brick joint for all those reasons.


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If by cement you mean stucco (which is essentially cement) you need to strip off the layer of paint that is peeling. That's typically done with sandblasting--but not using sand as an aggregate. They typically use a softer material like the husks of nuts. You then need to paint with a proper stucco paint that will breathe. It's not a simple job, ...



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