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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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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 many holes can a masonry drill bit make?

Please excuse my ignorance, I'm fairly new to DIY. I keep reading how masonry drill bits wear down quickly. As I'm preparing for a day of serious hammer drilling dozens of holes into concrete walls ...
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Best Cement Pigment For Red Sandstone Dye - UK

I am trying to make this look cosmetically acceptable: Background: I live in Scotland, and this is an old Victorian building, so is about 100 years old, give or take a few decades. At some point in ...
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Steel beam with masonry brick sitting on top of it on an elevated deck

I have a steel deck structure that has brickwork sitting on the support beam. There is a gap between the beam and the masonry that cracks over time. I have painted the exposed steel, but wanted to ...
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How to protect stone masonry wall from weather [closed]

My external walls are made from natural stone and they were built in 1900. The weather has stripped the paint off and is causing wear to the wall. The current paint used on the wall is a matt black ...
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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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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 long should I wait to drill holes into brand new mortar?

I just repaired loose bricks on my house in preparation to install new window shutters. When would it be ok to drill holes into the mortar and install the shutters? From my other research I'm going to ...
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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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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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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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Can't get my new masonry bit to go further than about 3/4"

I bought a home last year and have been trying to put up interior walls inside my shop in the back yard. I built a wood frame and want to secure the frames to the concrete floor using masonry screws. ...
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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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What to use to seal gaps between slate veneer on vertical exterior walls of home

I have slate veneer on the exterior walls of some parts of my home. There are gaps between the various uneven pieces of slate which protrude off the wall to different levels (i.e. each slate piece ...
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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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Will repointing solve water leakage issue?

I have a detached garage that is getting water leakage through the back wall. There are no leaks coming from the roof, in fact the roof was replaced within the last year. The walls of the garage are ...
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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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How to repair masonry porch riser

I usually enter and exit my home through the garage, but the other day I was by my front porch and noticed the riser was cracked and loose. The part in the image also flexes when you push on it. 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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Can I safely drill a four inch hole in a brick load bearing wall?

I need to drill a four inch hole in a brick load bearing external wall for a kitchen fan. Is there much risk of affecting the structural integrity of the building? It is a two storey building and the ...
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Fastening stone stair treads to a CMU base in a removable manner

I'm designing a very, very low set of landscape stairs (really more like a wide stoop) to transition two areas of my yard. My plan is to pour a concrete base slab, build a core with CMUs on top of ...
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Best way to fill large (3") vertical crack in solid brick party wall?

I live in an East Coast row-house built in the early 1920s. There is a 3" crack in the solid brick party wall that I need to address (see photos). My neighbor's baby's room is on the other side ...
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Correct way to fix a broken block in a cinder block foundation

I have a 1954 built house with a cinder block crawlspace foundation with about a 1 1/2 foot clearance. I can squeeze in, but not easily. I'm in Cleveland, OH, so there is definitely a freeze-thaw ...
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Concrete block water wall footing requirements

My wife and I would like to build a 6 foot high, 8 foot long fountain wall, using concrete cinder block that will then be covered with stone veneer. My question is regarding the footing. We obviously ...
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Hanging hooks in a weak wall

I used to have some (guitar) hooks which were screwed into a brick wall, but 2/3 of them have fallen out. My only guess is that (since they are all at the same vertical height) they all went into a ...
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Using edging where people walk across

I'm building a gravel patio inside my U-shaped gravel driveway. I will be using two different kinds of gravel, so I need a separator at the border to prevent the mixing of the two types of gravel. If ...
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Crushed cinder block a substitute for crushed stone?

I have two projects and I'm hoping there's a synergy between them. The first project is the demolition of a small cinder block wall that has just been completed. The second project is building a ...
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Is this joint between the foundation and first row of mortar typical

Just wondering if this is a normal appearance for the area where the foundation and first row of mortar/brick meet. There are no signs of any structural cracks or anything like that in the area. Is ...
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When to Repair Versus Replace Concrete Slab?

I am a first-time homebuyer and purchased an older home in the Northeastern US. While I've found great infomation here on my many DIY projects, I have not been able to determine whether or not my ...
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Is this brick knee wall tied in to the main wall?

We would like to remove the L-shaped brick "knee wall" in the picture on the left. The picture on the right shows the seam between the knee wall and the main wall of the house. Is the knee ...
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How to identify the wall type and studs for drilling

I need to anchor an Ikea bookcase and a drawer to the wall, but despite days of Internet research I am not able to identify where I can drill a hole in my wall. I have tried knocking on the wall to ...
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Best way to fill gaps between lumber and masonry or rocks

We have built 4x4 retaining walls around existing rocks and concrete that we were unable to get rid of. The idea was - and is - use something fill the gaps between the lumber and the rocks / cements. ...
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mice and sound traveling through brick party wall joist pockets

We live in a 1912 row house that I believe has joist pockets that allow sound and mice to travel freely between me and my neighbors' houses. For instance, my neighbor hired pest control to deal with ...
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How to fix and redrill stucco/concrete to install a new bib?

Replacing a hose bib and the new holes don't match the old holes. The exterior is stucco over concrete. Also, it looks like initially they stucco'ed after the hose was installed. I think I would like ...
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Safely drilling into a stone fireplace?

I have a stone fireplace in a cabin that I'd like to mount a television screen on. While I’d love to pay someone a reasonable fee to do so, the cabin is in a location where contractors are few and far ...
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What's going on with this chimney?

Tore the walls off and found the chimney looking like this: It's seen a lot of leaking as you can see from the streaks. The exterior portion was rebuilt last year. That horizontal crack running ...
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Best way to fix tile

One of our old tiles suddenly feel off, the others seem ok. What's the best to fix back. I don't think I'll be able to get a new tile to match, and I don't think I can chisel the old mortar off ...
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Best way to attach trellis to brick

What is the correct way to attach a wooden trellis to brick? Should the mounting bolts (screws?) go into the brick or into the mortar between the bricks? What is the best practice? If it matters and ...
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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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Poured door transition - Safe to dig around?

In the back of my house I have an addition that just sits on a perimeter foundation (no basement). I've got some moisture problems and some grading issues, so I'm putting a french drain around the ...
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Leveling first row of CMUs on uneven slab

So I may have a couple to many beers when pouring the slab for my new outdoor fireplace, and "forgot" that I needed to pour it level and not follow the slop of the patio. Whoops... https://ibb.co/...

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