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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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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 ...
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What kinds of gloves should be used for working with mortar?

I am currently working on my eagle scout project, and I will be using mortar to put together part of my project (I know this doesn't completely apply to home improvement so if this is the wrong place ...
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How do I prepare exterior concrete walls for painting?

My house exterior walls are cement - how do I prep it before painting? Here's some photos. I'm thinking maybe a pressure washer but would prefer an easier, less messy alternative if available. I read ...
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How should I anchor a hand railing to sandstone steps?

I've got three exterior steps made of natural sandstone. They are 6 ft wide, and 10" thick. I need to anchor a metal handrailing to them. The railing has two feet: 1/4" metal plates with 3/8" holes ...
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What masonry anchor should I use to install both window boxes and shutters into brick?

I have a brick house and my wife and I want to install plastic shutters and wooden window boxes on some windows. I know that the shutters will not be heavy load bearers, but the windows boxes will be ...
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Is it okay to install brick veneer directly to interior of a poured concrete foundation wall?

Is it ok to install brick veneer directly to interior of a poured concrete foundation wall, or is there any additional preparation required?
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What is the laziest way I can build a non-structural, non-aesthetic cinder block wall to contain compost?

I have a ton of brush that I used to burn, but I recently bought a chipper/shredder and want a spot to compost it along with grass clippings and greens. I also have 3 tons of CMUs that are just ...
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How to remove stuck Rawl bolts

I'm trying to affix a ground-anchor to my garage floor (for chaining things to. It was supplied with Rawl bolts and the instructions stated to drill a 16mm hole into the concrete and then tap the ...
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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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Repair/replacement of overdrilled wall

After taking down one of those cantilever "invisible fixing" Ikea LACK shelves, I discovered that there were twice as many holes in the wall as required and all of them were enlarged and ruined (the ...
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What is the best way to repair a large crumbling block on a corner of the house wall?

Today I have removed a dead vine root that has caused some damage to the brick work on one corner of my house. As you can see from the picture below, along with the root a fair depth of stone has come ...
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How to clean portland cement off bricks?

We moved into a brick house not too long ago. There are a few areas that were renovated at some point and the mason did a poor job. It looks like some cement was put in after the bricks were laid and ...
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How well does masonry blocks used in European home construction insulate compared to a well insulated American (wood) wall?

Are there any equivalents to the Building Science insulation reports done for the US/Canada done in Europe? I spent the last few weeks going over some properties that I will be rehabbing in France ...
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How many square foot of coverage per bag of mortar when repointing brick?

I haven't been able to find the answer anywhere. In a standard 80lb bag of mortar mix, how many square feet of coverage can I get when repointing a running bond brick wall with standard 8x4x2.25 ...
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What would cause mortar to have a patchy finish?

I started a re-pointing project in my basement, but it was way more work than I had anticipated, so I haven't continued in about six months. However, now that i'm looking at mortar I originally ...
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What is the best way to drive the hard-cut nail into wooden baseboards to prevent splitting?

I am installing my baseboards, and there is a section that must be attached to brick. I know, by experience, that the best nail for my type of brick is the hard-cut masonry nail (and not the fluted ...
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Facade entrance damage

The entrance to our condo was damaged in the last few moves and I am not sure how to fix it. Check out the pictures What is this material called? It seems to be some soft of plaster shell with foam ...
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White Mortar-like material oozing out of Chimney's brickwork (pictured)

We do have a masonry expert coming to evaluate the nature of the pictured problem, but I thought I'd pose the question here to get some information and possibly, a second opinion. There is some ...
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Can I fill sagging spots in my driveway with asphalt and hot tar?

We've had these sagging spots for about 10 years now. They're not getting any worse. Sure, we might get a new driveway in 10 years, but other than this, our driveway is in beautiful condition! They ...
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Does anyone know if concrete blocks with half-moon tops are made?

I'm planning to finish a concrete block fence and would like to cap it with a rounded half-moon style block for aesthetics (the whole thing will be covered with surface-bonding cement for an adobe-ish ...
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How do I select a diamond tuckpointing blade?

what is the difference between the "sandwich" style and solid tuckpointing blades (besides cost)? Why are so many of these blades 1/4 thick while the standard masonry joint is 3/8?
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Corner Bead With Stucco Over Mesh

I have a small wooden box closing the gap between the entry door and the original opening that I prepped with tar paper and mesh to apply stucco to so that it fits with the rest around. Should I put ...
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Can I install windows into a concrete rough opening without wood buck?

I recently cut two holes in my foundation and installed new windows. I lined my hole with 2x8 PT wood bucks that I attached to the masonry with Tapcon screws. Then I attached my window nailing flange ...
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Re-anchoring in existing (failed) anchor holes in brick

I've had a shelf come free from the wall on which it was anchored. The shelf is fairly deep (~2') and solid wood, so it's heavy, and it's meant to take some weight (think like a breakfast bar). The ...
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How soon can I paint after filling cracks in a foundation?

I have a foundation that I am trying to get back into shape. I just wire brushed/scraped, power washed and dug out/filled in cracks using Quikrete vinyl concrete patch. I want to paint it now. I ...
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Re-Pointing Fieldstone Foundation [duplicate]

I purchased my 110 year old colonial house 6 months ago. It has a field stone foundation that looks completely original (with a few small repairs). The house is located in North Eastern Massachusetts ...
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How can I add tile to my fireplace?

[UPDATE: After reading the question and answers, please see this blog that shows how the fireplace renovation was completed.] I am getting ready to begin tiling part of my fireplace. The current ...
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How long to wait before cleaning new tuckpointed brick mortar with muriatic acid?

I am about to retuckpoint my exposed brick wall with a custom mortar mix (1x hydraulic lime, 2.5x sand). Once I am done, I plan to clean the residue and other dirt from the bricks using muriatic acid....
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How to remove an old wood stove brick chimney?

I need to remove what is left of an old wood stove chimney that was partially removed from the top at roof level (one story) and the opening roofed over. What is the best way to break out the bricks?