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Is it possible to manually rockface a 1" thick granite stone paver?

I can't find copping stone 1" thick for the stone I want (Banas Stone salt and pepper 1"). I am seeing on youtube masons manually rockfacing 2" stones using a chisel and a hammer. Would ...
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Converting tile backsplash to painted wall (old home)

I have a 100 year old brick craftsman home and the one kitchen wall is an exterior wall with no studs, just masonry. The other wall is interior plaster and lathe. When I removed the subway tile on ...
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Is "masonry cream" necessary/helpful with penetrating damp?

We recently bought a 1920s brick house in Yorkshire and may have an issue with penetrating damp in an exterior north-facing wall. We recently spoke to a representative of a local company advertising ...
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Bonding additive for mortar in brick parge?

I have a 4’ high section of exposed brick foundation wall which needs parging before I insulate it. I’m making my own softer mortar mix, but was curious about using a bonding additive. Mostly, is it ...
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Parge old brick before waterproofing and insulating?

I have a section of my house foundation wall that’s brick. It’s 4’ high and is badly deteriorated from freeze / thaw cycles. I want to insulate my foundation wall, but I’d like to stabilize / ...
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Best way to patch 8" square through hole in cinder block wall [duplicate]

I currently have a tankless hot water heater power vent running through a square 8" x 8" penetration in a hollow cinder block wall. I'm going to be replacing the water heater with another ...
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Does a double-thickness block wall with no cavity require wall ties? (UK)

I'm just about to start blockwork on a self-build garage extension. The walls are 2 rows of standard 7n blocks with no cavity between them. If there is no cavity, do they still need to have wall ties ...
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Who should I contact about small but complicated animal intrusion/crumbling?

On the outside corner of my house next to the garage door, there is a side door. Around the base of the side door and right at the outside corner, there is "missing" concrete foundation. ...
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Okay to drill into concrete ceiling with cracks?

I am not too handy. I have a shed-like room in my house that is basically bare cinderblocks I want to use as a workshop/garden tools etc. There is one electrical outlet. I want to hang a work light in ...
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Finish siding after deck removal

I recently lost my job when I was going to get this repaired but now funds are limited so must do myself. I need some help on what the best course of action would be though if anyone is willing to ...
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How to block an inaccessible hole in a masonry wall?

I have vermin getting in, we believe through a hole gnawed in the mortar between an old brick wall and a newer blockwork wall. Ordinarily it would just be a matter of sealing up that at the exterior, ...
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What kind of siloxane coating should I use on historical brownstone steps that is historically safe?

I'd like to reduce the amount of water soaking into my 120 year old brownstone steps and want to use something that won't run afoul of the landmarks historical commission or change the look in any ...
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What's the best way for me to demolish & replace this existing walkway? I don't want to damage the foundation as I approach the front door!

My concern is that I will accidentally damage the foundation of the house as I approach the front door. Can I take a jackhammer to the entire walkway, right up to the front door? What's below that ...
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New home stone facade moisture issue?

I purchased a newly constructed home 6 months ago. I've begun noticing the stone facade on the front porch seeping moisture. The porch is covered, and the seeping happens independent of rain or ...
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What type of adhesive should I use to reattach cap stones on a sea wall?

I need to re-affix the stones. The flat-topped concrete flat-stone-capped seawall is in the atmospheric zone, but it takes a beating from waves during storms. It has no rebars protruding. I'm ...
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How do I adhere real cut stone the wall behind my wood stove?

We are trying to adhere real cut stones to the wall that is behind our wood stove. The area is 7 Foot long by 5 foot high. We are adhering the stones to Durarock, cement board. We have placed lath ...
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Found red brick powder near the floor in the basement after a few months -- is this dangerous?

https://imgur.com/a/Dyiorst See album link above for pictures. Seems like my basement bricks are disintegrating. I see red powder near the walls and the bricks of the basement seem flaky. When I ...
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What is this construction material called, please?

It's used by some agency called 'Quantum Tech HD' on youtube, as a logo. I asked there for advice months ago but have received no response. Does someone here know? I'd be most interested in Canadian ...
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Frost buildup on interior chimney stone and steps to address the problem?

Frost has built up on the gas fireplace chimney stone that intersects with the NE wall and the ceiling. Background info: This is the living room of our bungalow. The ceiling directly above that frost ...
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How should I solve/approach the cracks in my garage's cinderblock walls?

I just bought a property with a detached garage and it looks to have cracks in the walls. It has no drainage on the roof, which is probably causing settling issues. I plan to add gutters to the garage,...
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How to repair missing masonry on top of a mantel

There is a hole in the masonry on top of a mantel. This is above a working fireplace. The masonry is attached to a plywood (or sheetrock?). There is a plug on a stud for power for TV. Next to the plug ...
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Tile repair project: what am I working with here? What's the best way to get a flat surface for mounting?

I’m working on a few projects around the house right now and one of them is fixing tiles that have come loose in the entryway over the years. To get a better idea of what I’m working with, I wanted to ...
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Can top of brick wall be level?

I understand it is preferable that brick wall tops be sloped so that water drains off instead of permeating into the wall causing accelerated decay. One of the reasons I would like to leave it flat as ...
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Are bare stacked bricks in crawlspace wall an issue?

I’ve recently had structural issues in my crawlspace addressed by a foundational company (installed floor jacks and wooden support beams). However, after inspecting the space myself, I’ve recently ...
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Reinforcing concrete wall of outdoor hot tub?

I just bought a home with a hot tub/pool in the backyard, and the hot tub is slightly elevated over the pool, and designed so that water will flow over the side of the tub and into the pool below (...
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What compressive strength are historical Kreischer yellow brick?

I've asked a variation of this question before around using soft mortar for historical brick - and I've seen variations of recommendations on using Type O mortar or some other hydrated lime mix. ...
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How can I seal/stabilize crumbling concrete blocks from the 1930s?

This is a pillar supporting an enclosed porch roof on a 1930s Craftsman in Northeast US. The porch is usually unheated during winter but it is entirely enclosed and not subject to rain/snow. As you ...
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Can a non-structural masonry wall (e.g. garden privacy wall) be placed on a concrete pier resting on tube-formed footings?

I am wondering if the following would be structurally reasonable for a garden privacy wall, setting aside any local zoning ordinance issues. Three 12" diameter 4000psi tube-formed footings with a ...
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Cinderblock cmu masonry question

I'm replacing a 7ft. Basement Wall with 10" block. We tried to demo carefully as to save some interlocking blocks in the corners. A few broke resulting in a few cuts having to be made. My ...
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How do I fill only the top two courses of an existing CMU wall with grout?

I have an existing CMU wall that is open on the top so you can see down through the holes to the bottom. I'm going to put a beam on top of it, and the structural engineer said I need to fill the top ...
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What product can be used to fill 'mis-drilled' foundation anchor holes?

I drilled 4x 1/2" dia holes 7" deep into my 8" thick foundation to repair a sill plate, but my inexperienced hands misaligned the new sill with the old by +/- 1/4" I have the holes ...
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Drilling in bedrock [closed]

I need to drill five 2.5" holes 1 foot deep in bedrock to accept 2" pipe that will be used to anchor the footings for my deck on a steep hill. I have a Bosch SDS Max rotary hammer drill. I'm ...
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Will a mortar made of hydrated lime and sharp sand adhere to a fully cured portland cement substrate?

Will a mortar made of hydrated lime and sharp sand (no portland in the mix) adhere to a fully cured portland cement substrate subject to freezing temperatures in winter? Context is bedding sandstone ...
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How to fix hairline crack in brick on exterior of house

I have a cracked brick outside my window, and it looks like the crack runs down the mortar to just under the window ledge. The piece of the brick that cracked off is movable (ever so slightly) if I ...
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How should I repair baseball-size gaps in early 1900’s era foundation blocks and crumbling mortar? [duplicate]

I have about 300 sq feet of block to tackle. What’s up in good condition is in very solid. What isn’t has been damaged by poorly placed or maintained gutters etc over time. I have never done any work ...
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Basement outlet on exterior wall oozing water [closed]

I walked downstairs and saw my outlet oozing a brown substance. Guessing it is dirty water from the outside (I have a sprinkler going and it is hitting this part of the house). Also guessing it is ...
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How to tear down a brick chimney

My 100 year old chimney is in bad shape, so I decided to tear it down and rebuild it. Prior to beginning, I thought it was just the bricks and a steel liner, however once I took off the crown and the ...
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Electrical outlet box not flush with stone masonry

There is a crooked metal electrical box inside a stone exterior wall. There is mortar around the electric box holding it place. I was thinking about chiseling the mortar away but I don't know which ...
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How can I fake a rusticated block appearance?

I am going to be installing rusticated block to match my existing house, the type of stone sold by https://classicrockfaceblock.com and others. However, there is one, small face of the block that is ...
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Applying mortar to cinder block foundation to repair surface damage

I have a cinder block foundation, and near the floor in my garage the parging has flaked off excessively, revealing cinder blocks with a poor surface. My thought is to clean off any remaining parging ...
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How to paint brick and galvanized flashing together?

I recently changed the chimney flashing on my house and removed a lot of old roofing tar around the flashing. This caused some discoloration on the bricks, so I'd like to do what the previous flashing ...
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How to get tar and caulking off brick?

What's the best method for removing dried tar and caulking from brick and getting the brick's surface flat again? I have a rotary polisher and thought maybe a disc of some kind would work.
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Filling mortar cracks with caulking instead of tuckpointing

I would like to paint some brick walls so I need to fix some cracks in mortar. For bigger cracks, I removed the old mortar and tuckpointed but that is a painful, dusty and time consuming job. If I ...
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Polishing stucco seams

I stuccoed this wall in many iterations but was unable to do it seamlessly. The conspicuous seams divide daily application areas. Is there a way to polish these seams so there are not visible? One ...
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Window Planter Box

I want to start this off by saying I’m a beginner, so if something is obvious, I’m sorry but I’m just learning. Anyways, I have a 4 foot long by 1 foot deep by 1 foot tall window planter box. My first ...
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How do I fix a broken scaffolding flip lock?

I have 5'x5' steel scaffolding and two of the flip locks are broken. On one of them, the stub and pin are intact with just the flip part gone, and the other one has the end of the stub broken off. Is ...
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What size scaffolding wooden planks should I use

I'm erecting scaffolding with 5'x5' frames and 7' crossbraces. I want to use wooden planks. OSHA planks apparently are 2" x 10" x 8' Southern Yellow Pine and cost about $30-$40. At the ...
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Base liner for stucco wall

I need ideas how to cover this currently really ugly joint between my stucco wall (currently applying stucco, can see new layer) and the immediate surrounding currently done with paver stones and sand,...
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Is mortar sufficient for securing an electrical box in brick?

She-who-shall-not-be-disobeyed is asking for a new electrical outlet on the back side of the house. Being the Good Boy that I am, I am willing to oblige her. If I were to surface mount the electrical ...
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How do I repair this damage to metal facade detail?

Metal facade detail on 1950 brick building. Two sides, holes in both. Looks like it is coming away from the wall as well. I have no idea how to restore this, I am intending to staple up some mesh to ...
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