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Can you convert type N premix to type O? [closed]

Portland/lime/sand ratios for mortar types: N: 1/1/6 O: 1/2/9 In principle you could combine 8 parts type N, 1 part lime, and 3 parts sand to get type O. However, the premix bags replace the lime with ...
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Waterproofing masonry [closed]

I need some advice regarding preventing damp through an external wall. From what I have seen a masonry cream is what I need. There are two choices, just wondering if anyone had experience with this? ...
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Do I need to anchor this cabinet?

I have a massive wooden cabinet. Behind it is a masonry wall. Do I need to anchor the cabinet to the wall? There are walls to the left and right of it, so it cannot be pushed except from the front. If ...
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Should I try to open filled brick weep holes?

I may have made a stupid mistake. Last year I found some wasps in the weep hole in my brick veneer house. The problem is that I didn't know what a weep hole was at the time, so I killed the wasps, ...
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Challenging foundation leak

15 years ago we added an extension to the old cinder block foundation which is now 60 years old. The new extension is also cinder block. Where the old and new meet, we have a leak. I put hydraulic ...
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Which type of mortar/cement should be used for rock wall?

What kind of cement or mortar should be used to repair this broken rock wall? The right side is still together but the left side has cracked apart over the years. I'm in Georgia in spring, if that ...
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Hung a shelf on a plaster wall, and it fell, but I want to try again--how do I do it right?

I hung 6 Ikea shelves (these ones, which are metal L-shaped brackets with wood shelves on top) on plaster walls using medium-duty plastic anchors. It was a real issue while we were working. The ...
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How do I fix this retaining wall?

I have a broken retaining wall that I'd like to fix up. It's cracked, presumably from water pressure building up behind it. It's rectangular, about 13'x33', and one of the four sides is connected to ...
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Patching brick, lath and plaster - electrical box

How do patch this? The box is within brick covered by lath and plaster. How do I attach the box to make sure it is set at the correct depth?
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What is this plank above the Joist pocket for

Why does this joist have a wooden plank above the pocket embedded in the wall? Some of the other Joists in the house do not have this.
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How can I mount something heavy on a wall that's too hard to drill more than 1/2 inch

I am trying to mount a wooden trellis on my living room wall. The house was built in 1890 and later remodeled. Most interior walls are standard drywall with studs, but the exterior walls seem to be ...
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What kind of material is this wall?

What kind of material is my wall made out of? What I know so far It's not traditional drywall over wooden studs. Running my stud finder over it results in weird readings indicating the entire wall is ...
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Need help identifying masonry wall composition

I have a British house dating from the 1890s to 1940s - it was partially destroyed by a rocket in the war, so some bits are old and some are new. I am trying to identify the composition of an internal ...
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How do you know if a home with brick veneer is masonry or frame? [closed]

How do you know if a home with brick veneer is masonry or frame? https://www.bing.com/maps?osid=d8f9b72f-6595-407c-a618-2c14fbb501d5&cp=30.69822~-87.076315&lvl=19&dir=365.8949&pi=0....
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Is it reasonable to do masonry veneer work when the temperature is 30-40°F?

Everything I find online says you shouldn't work under 40 degrees Fahrenheit. It's currently 35 to 40°F (0-5°C) and the mason says this is okay to veneer the outside stone on. One other mason we've ...
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I cut into a chimney to build a fireplace. What should I use to build the bottom of the fireplace

What kind of corrugated metal should I use for a fireplace bottom. It's a masonry brick fireplace
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Not sure what drill bit to use for 6mm masonry anchor into brick

Similar to this question diy.stackexchange.com#q136613 but not sure exactly and I still don't know what I should do, so I'm opening a new one. I have a masonry anchor that is 6x30 and want to drill ...
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Anchoring CAT6 cable and a cameras to hardie plank

I am going to drill through hardie plank to run CAT6 to a camera. The run outside the house will be about 10' to 12'. Total run is about 30'. I wanted to ask if I am going about this the correct way. ...
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How much does 3-sided support of granite countertop material increase the distance that's safe to span?

I am designing a counter for an outdoor kitchen, with a counter made of 3cm granite with block masonry support and stone veneers to decorate. An approximation of the planned layout seen from above ...
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Would surface-bonding cement be appropriate for this?

I would like to refinish an old wall of previously finished CMU blocks and bricks. See these pictures: (full-size images also available at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ryr4m5adx6cd22c/...
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Insulating stuccoed terra cotta garage walls

We have a detached garage that's made of hollow clay bricks (structural terra cotta) covered in stucco, both inside and out. I'd like to insulate and heat it for use in the winter. The problem is that ...
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Best way to flash pvc deck frieze board to brick/concrete

I'm resurfacing a deck and installing a waterproofing spline between the deckboards called Dexerdry. The first board sits in routed 5/4 x 4 PVC which is fastened to the exterior of the house. A few ...
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What kind of concrete mixer for a 20 cubic foot project?

I have a small concrete job that requires about 15-20 cubic feet of concrete, less than a yard. It is a wall repair that is about 3 feet above grade and has an excavation in front of it. Furthermore, ...
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How long should mortar/stucco cure before painting?

I need to tuckpoint mortar on some old bricks before I prime and paint them. I heard that cement products (concrete, mortar etc) need to "cure" for several weeks before coating. How long ...
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How to reattach a cast iron drainpipe

The cast iron drain pipe fell off my wall this morning. It’s the entire length from guttering to drain. It looks like it was attached with very old nails which have worked their way out, taking some ...
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Does a retaining wall drain pipe need to penetrate beyond the back of the wall?

I would like to install a couple more of these wall drain pipes on a side of the same front yard retention rampart that has bulged over the years, which I attribute to their lack. Is it enough if ...
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Advice on moisture / efflorescence in concrete basement walls

I am finishing the basement in my 1926 house and planning to frame a proper wall against the concrete foundation - studs, insulation, moisture barrier, etc. The previous owners had painted over the ...
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How to lay gravel on graded underlayment?

I am pouring concrete to make a small staircase (5 steps, 8x10" each) over ground underlayment. Since the grade is something like 40 degrees, the gravel rolls down hill and accumulates in the ...
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Vertical Cement board substrate required

Last fall I built a hearth with porcelain tile for our wood stove. It was raised about 6". I built base hearth portion by framing up the location, laying down 2 sheets of 1/2" ply (glued ...
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Filling gap between side wall and lowered staircase

I demolished the old concrete staircase going to my basement from the street planning to lower it approximately one step below to match the basement level, which I dug out a foot some years ago. The ...
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How is masonry "honed"?

I have a hearth made of soapstone with a "honed" finish which is a dull, matte kind of finish. The mason who installed it got mortar on it, which stained, then when sanded off the mortar, ...
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Identifying material on masonry wall

The inner side of an exterior wall in my house has, behind the plasterboard, a kind of masonry which I'd like to identify. I attach pictures. It looks like concrete but it's quite easy to drill: I can ...
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How can I repair the mortar behind marble steps?

Got some big spaces behind the steps leading up to my house. Is there a good product to use? I know the mortar needs some give. And is there a best practice to get all the way behind the step?
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Replacing Block Windows Mortared In Brick Veneer

I've got 3 basement block windows to replace with vented block windows and need some help on a way to handle this that will leave me with a decent end result. The block windows were installed in the ...
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External render on a timber/ brickwork joint

We're currently converting our garage in a brick property into habitable space. The garage door has been replaced with a timber stud wall and the goal is to render the front of this new wall along ...
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Is my electric impact drill useless?

** I am not seeking a product review, but right/wrong choice for my drill machine** Hello, I have a Terratek 500w impact drill (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00H3KYLQY/ref=...
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Matching style of joints between Belgium blocks

I'm looking to lay a new section of Belgium blocks to border a new flower bed. However, the existing Belgium blocks have a joint connecting each block that protrudes outward. It is not clear to me ...
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Can isolation joints between slab and wall be saw-cut after the pour?

Contractors poured a new concrete driveway slab up to existing concrete wall, concrete house foundation, and garage slab. Found out the day after the pour they did not install any isolation joints. ...
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What to do about daylight between brick and mortar?

I noticed a small space between this brick and the mortar underneath it on my front porch. It’s wide enough for me to fit a piece of old duct tape into the gap. I’m not sure when it was repointed last....
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Breaking Carbide Drill Bits

I was hanging some shelves on my kitchen walls. It's an interior wall of a 100 year old addition, these seem to be drywall glued directly to red brick, maybe plaster with dry wall glued to it. I ...
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What kind of exterior paint has a fine sand paper-like backing, is it a primer?

I need to repair peeling flaking exterior paint on my stone window sill, so looking to find a suitable matching paint but I'm puzzled on what this stuff is. Looking at the back of the paint, it looks ...
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How can I safely cut small limestone bricks?

I have a number of long limestone bricks leftover after breaking down a large limestone planter. They're 2.5"x4", vary in length from 6" to 18", and some are mortared together. I'd ...
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Help modifying window opening. American Concrete Institute standards? Building code?

I'm remodeling my kitchen and part of the work that I want to do involves modifying my window rough openings. Currently, the windows in my kitchen are lower than the countertop backsplash and I want ...
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Chased Conduit Bend through Exterior Wall

I am in the middle of a re-wiring project, part of which requires installing new light switches on the inside of an exterior wall (plaster directly on brick). I will be installing the switch box flush ...
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Stone veneer cracking and falling off

a large piece of the stone veneer has fallen off. What is the best way to reattach it? The brick behind the veneer is not in good shape. It flakes off when I scratch it. Should I treat or seal the ...
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How to estimate how much mason mix I need for a wall?

I am building a wall using Quikrete Mason Mix Type S 60 lb (as I think that is the correct product for gluing bricks together to form a wall). The wall will in total have use 400 cinder blocks, ...
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Holes for HD Screw Anchors

I've ordered 5/8" x 4" Strong-Tie Titen HD Screw Anchors to secure a pull-up rig to a brick wall. See photos. The brick wall is actually a solid 1 foot thick! What's the best way to drill ...
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Expanding a window downwards in a brick face [closed]

I understand that expanding a brick window is an expensive operation, and I was wondering what went into such an operation. We have a window in the front of our house that we want to expand downwards, ...
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Replace fire bricks in fireplace

I have a masonry fireplace where about 8 fire bricks have fallen off of the back wall of the firebox. The fireplace was built in the late 1960's, then mostly unused for decades. I was told that the ...
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Suggestions for building plywood landing and connecting to concrete stoop?

I would like to add a plywood landing to the garage and kitchen door entryway from the concrete stoop. The Cinder block garage, which was built later and abuts the house, has a horizontal crack that ...
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