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SDS drills with advertised chuck sizes

I am looking to buy a hammer drill, but have no experience in this area. Everywhere I look, it seems that SDS/SDS+ is a universal chuck design, in that any SDS bit will work with any SDS drill and ...
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Repointing stone basement

I am looking into which cement to use to repoint our old house (built ~1900) stone basement. I found conflicting advice, some suggesting type N or type S is fine, but some sources suggest that ...
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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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Waterproofing Brick foundation

I live in a brick house built circa 1975 in northern Alabama. It has a huge brick/cinder block/concrete front porch. The brick is a veneer that goes around the bottom. When it rains, some of the ...
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Does this CMU block wall on pool need rebar?

So I'm in the process of remodeling my backyard. One of the things I wanted to do was build a wall similar to the first picture I included (with the stacked stone). The red arrows point at the wall. ...
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Decorative hanging hooks into plaster and brick wall

I'm at a bit of a loss, but I feel like I can't surely be the only person with this issue. We have a number of keepsake / decorative items that need to be hung by a hook. An example is a surprisingly ...
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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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How can I fix this crack in my porch foundation?

We have an outdoor porch that is sitting on a slab (i believe). The one side of it has a pretty substantial crack and I'm wondering the best way to fix. Should i just get some masonry caulk and a ...
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How much water for mixing with concrete?

I bought a bag of quikrete mason mix for creating some planters from molds. The wood panel molds look something like this, but the spacing is a bit narrower and they're smaller: Since I'll be pouring ...
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Recurrent cracks in brick wall

There are recurrent cracks in the brick wall shown in the image. The cracks have approximately equal width along their length. The cracks appeared within the first year of construction of the house. ...
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Attaching hose bib to masonry?

I have a relatively new house and idiot me forgot to unscrew the hose from the back hose bib over the last winter. I finally got a plumber out to replace it but he just left it flopping around in the ...
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Safety concern building a fire pit out of reclaimed bricks

I have a bunch of reclaimed (broken) bricks left over from building a patio. The bricks are from an old home that was knocked over and buried for some time. I would like to use these to build a fire ...
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How to extend a concrete patio

I am trying to extend my back patio like this Eventually, I want to extend the full 18 feet, but for now I am planning to just do the 5 feet by 5.5 feet section in blue. This section will be attached ...
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How to drill a hole in brick with precision?

I have bought old cabinets which I would like to hang on a brick wall. I have marked the spots on the wall, but I find it very difficult to drill precisely, because the drill bit follows a path of ...
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How can I prevent bluestone mortar from degrading so quickly?

We live in Milwaukee, WI. Our front porch has a combination of bluestone pavers as well as brick on the stoops with mortar joints. We have had repeated problems with presumably water/expansion in ...
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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 there some sort of formula to determine how many bricks I would need to build a completely new structure?

I am looking to add a small ham shack to the property, so I contacted the city's planning department. They said that if the structure was ten feet at most and didn't exceed two hundred square feet in ...
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How do I plug an old duct

While renovating my kitchen, I came across an old exhaust duct in the wall. It goes through the chimney bricks and into the interior of the chimney. The boiler uses a duct within the chimney that is ...
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How to build a mantel on rough stone fireplace

I have a very rough stone fireplace for which I'd like to hang a new mantel. Eventually I want to hang a flat screen and the new mantel will protect it from heat and such. I have noodled this project ...
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Leak above window during rain, is this caused by a masonry drainage problem?

I've lived in the same brick rowhouse for about 2 years. It's been raining for 36 of the last 48 hours, heavily at times, and I am seeing some rain leaking to the inside: above one of the larger ...
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I have a gap in my concrete window sill, what do I fill it with

What is the correct product to fill this joint with? If I should use a cement based product I do have a can of water plug which I'd rather use than buy a 60 pound bag of something else.
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Outdoor fireplace cracks

One section of my outdoor fireplace cracked ....the ledge all around the chimney. You can dig the mortar out with your finger it's like brown sugar it was built last summer.
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Mounting TV on a weird wall that has some material between the drywall and stud

So I have a strange wall construction in part of my house. I'm mounting an articulating mount, up to 55", in a stud. I took out a cable outlet and box to see the construction because I wasn't ...
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Smooth granite cobblestones

I have a drive with square granite cobblestones embedded in concrete. The cobblestones are rough and uneven. Is there any way to smooth them out?
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How to best repair the tile

My plumber had to knock out some of my bathroom wall tile to access the stack and make a repair. I am trying to go about repairing the hole. However I cannot separate the tile from the existing wall ...
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Are paving bricks differently sized for sand bedding vs mortar bedding?

I had been planning to lay standard clay pavers over a sand bed in my front walk. I had planned for a standard size of 4 x 8 and maybe 2 3/4 inches tall. However, the brick that I like comes in this ...
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Masonry bricks acceptable as pavers?

Working on a plan for installing pavers for a small patio and drive way (sand over compacted gravel). Found local source for really cheap masonry bricks (bricks with voids). What issues would I run ...
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How do I repair this retaining wall?

I have a two-tiered retaining wall at the front of my property. I've been here for about 3 years now, and I've noticed there have been cracks forming in the mortar. I don't want to let it go too long ...
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Stone, Brick, Concrete. Which material is the heaviest per cubic inch?

I'm building a mobile fence and and have limit space to hold down my poles. I wanted to know what is heaviest material per cubic inch. Stone, Brick, Concrete... or What? This is the limited space I ...
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How should I apply brick to an interior wall?

I don't want to use veneer, I want to use real brick. Is it as easy as using tie-ins to the studs and setting the brick as one would normally? The existing wall is drywall, So I was thinking of ...
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Remove cast iron wood stove

New homeowner here and we would like to remove a cast iron wood stove and the brick structure with minimal damage to the hardwood floor below (see picture below). Two options: 1) Hire someone. We ...
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Can joists be pocketed in a remodel?

Reading on this site I realized that due to the difficulty, joists can't be pocketed according to the Philadelphia construction code. My question has to do with pocketing about 8-10 joists when new ...
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Can you install stone veneer at an angle?

I'm thinking of covering my brick fireplace with 6"x24" stone veneer panels and wondered about doing something like setting all the rows on an angle or having the left and right sides each angled up ...
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Is this masonry roofline intersection problematic? Should it be called out by our home inspector?

Our new house (brick and stone veneer) came with a significant exterior wall leak at a roofline/masonry intersection, so I've been learning more about how these are supposed to be waterproofed, and am ...
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Appropriate level of protection for mortar at 0-4 degrees?

Its well known that mortar needs a temperature above about 4-5 degrees C to set properly. Various websites state that protection, covering, or other tricks may be used for lower temperatures, but ...
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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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Mounting heavy shelves to brick wall

I've an aluminium shelf that's 150cm wide, it came with 8 of these 10x50 plastic plugs and 6x60 universal screws. I've drilled into my masonry wall with a 60mm deep with a masonry bit and installed ...
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Identify strange wall fixing

Can anyone please help me identify what the fixing below is and how to remove it? Four of them attached a wooden gate post to the side of a masonry wall. The wooden post is gone - it was rotten so ...
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Basement cinderblock wall tops - cover or fill

A few spots on the top of my basement wall have had their tops hacked off for projects (ducts/plumbing/unknown). We had a mouse issue and I'm looking to close these spots up in case they are finding ...
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Is this retaining wall failing? [closed]

The picture below shows a retaining wall. It was hard to take a picture from a good angle, but it looks to me like the wall is showing a "belly" and the seams are opening up. But I'm not sure: perhaps ...
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What would be the best tuck pointing temporary alternative?

I have a brick home and I am seeing a lot of spots that are missing mortar. It was not obvious at first, but we have had a bit of an ant problem and I tried to figure out where they are coming in ...
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How to Pocket joist into double Wythe solid Brick wall?

I have a project in which I am relocating a staircase in a home I recently purchased. The engineer's drawings show the joists being pocketed into the walls. My original understanding was that you ...
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Brick fireplace - pulling away from wall

I have a brick fireplace that is 8 feet wide by 39.5 inches tall. The brick is pulling away from the wall. Attached pictures show what is happening. I can see the brick was attached to the ...
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Building work on concrete in a very wet environment - natural spring

My garage area, which is currently just a concrete slab for parking cars on, has a natural spring that pops up just at ground level. The water never stops, and the concrete there is permanently wet ...
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What kind of tools are used in today's era to carve stones or large rocks in masonry?

I've always been curious as to how builders are able to shape things like granite or other stone slabs into the desired round-over or other type of support. I've had some experience with clay as in ...
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Need to Remove and Replace a Hook that is in Concrete

I have a metal hook that has been put into hole in a brick wall using concrete. I am wanting to remove it as a piece of the hook snapped off. What is the easiest way to remove this hook and replace? ...
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How curved is a horizontal string line? [closed]

I plan to build a raised planter from 2 courses of concrete blocks. The long dimension is about 9 meters. I staked the corners, and then stretched a string the entire length as taut as I could without ...
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Can I use Quikrete FastSet Repair Mortar to replace the mortar between stones in a fireplace hearth support?

My brick fireplace hearth is supported by large stones sticking out perpendicularly to my foundation wall in the basement. It forms a kind of shelf on top of which the hearth was laid. The stones ...
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Is there any advantage to using larger stones in a free-standing dry stack wall?

I'm building a free-standing dry stack wall using ashlar scrap from a quarry (pieces of uniform thickness with completely flat top and bottom faces, but irregular sides): Within each course of the ...
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Is lime based mortar weatherproof?

I recently did some outside brick wall patching and tuckpointing. Since the old mortar was whitish, I didn't use the gray ready mix from the Home Depot but I mixed my own, the same what I used for my ...