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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 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 can I finish and seal an interior exposed brick wall?

I have exposed a 100+ yr old brick wall inside, tuckpointed, cleaned with cup brushes on a grinder, and Sureklean 600. I don't have a picture right now but it looks beautiful. Two questions: I want ...
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How can I tell if this is a gas or wood burning fireplace

From what I've been able to determine what's pictured is a gas log lighter for wood burning fireplaces. The prior owner did some questionable stuff so I don't know if it was originally gas and he "...
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What type of mortar should be used for small mortar repair on a 100 year old house?

I've read that one should use a special type of mortar with old brick houses because they expand more - portland mortar vs soft lime. The recommendation from the NY Landmarks Commission states: ...
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How can I protect an electrical box embedded in rough masonry from weather?

Yesterday I had a fuse blow 3 times and I eventually tracked it down to an outdoor outlet that wasn't so watertight. The outlet had an outdoor cover on it but after opening it it was obvious that ...
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What should I use to seal/coat interior of stone foundation wall?

I have a stone foundation in my basement which was re-pointed about 4 years ago. While slight, the mortar crumbles a little bit over time. As a result, it causes a bit of a mess with the dust at 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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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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How do I cover one side of a two-sided fireplace with bricks?

EDIT: 1/21/13 We hired a professional mason to convert the two-sided fireplace into a single-sided fireplace. We ended up interviewing about 5 people and getting bids from all of them. The guy we ...
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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 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 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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How do I finish an outside corner where plaster meets exposed brick?

I have an outside corner where plaster on one side meets exposed brick on the other. It all used to be plaster but I stripped off the side where it's now brick. The line is pretty straight cause I cut ...
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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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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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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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How to tile over cinder block holes?

I bought a house that has cinder block wall in the backyard. Whoever installed this wall opted to place the top blocks so that the holes are facing the side rather than the top and bottom. They then ...
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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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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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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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What is this sanding disc and where could I find one?

As best I can tell, it's a 5" diameter, open-coat, all-metal (steel? tin?) arbor-mounted sanding disc. It's the only thing that will remove tar from brick on my house, and I really need to purchase ...
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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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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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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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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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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?
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Trying to decide between these two types of masonry bits

I'm undecided if I need an SDS Max vs Plus for masonry drill bits. I've heard that drilling with SDS Plus can take a while with larger diameter bits. Anyone ever drill larger than 1" with an SDS Plus ...
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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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Limestone versus granite for yard edging

I am looking at adding some stone edging to my yard and possibly building some steps. The stone seller advised me against limestone, as he said it would stain and deteriorate rapidly compared to ...
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Is there a masonry filler tough enough to drill into once it's set

Our new home has two old metal gates front and back where the screws mounting the locking points have chipped out of the brickwork leaving large holes (40 - 50mm tall/deep). Is there a masonry ...
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Masonry protruding entrance water protection

My rear entrance is wood frame set in masonry (brick + terracotta brick) wall. It has aluminum flashing but it's old (way before I got the house) and the top edge isn't protected anymore (since I tore ...
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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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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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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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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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What size hole do I need in masonry for an anchor that takes a 1/2" thread?

I bought these ladder hangers from Home Depot today. I have used anchors before, but I tend to not make the right size hole. What is the ideal size hole for an anchor that takes a 1/2" thread? How ...
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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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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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Flush Mount Masonry Electrical Box

Building an outdoor kitchen out of 4" concrete block, it will be faced with natural stone veneer. As I'm stacking the block, I'd like to add a few electric boxes, here's the 2-1/2" deep masonry box ...
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Gabion walls as retaining walls?

There's a lot of information about DIY gabion walls, but none of the applications that I've seen on YouTube and elsewhere talk about gabion walls as retaining walls. I would imagine that a gabion wall ...
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How to fill recess in fireplace before tiling

I wish to tile a fireplace pictured below The brickwork has a recessed area directly above the firebox (pictured below) This recessed area measures 28" x 8" x 1-1/2" I wish to tile over the recessed ...
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Will hex shank drill bit fit a 3 jaw chuck?

Is it possible to fit a hex shank drill bit (masonry) onto a 3 jaw chuck ?
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Should I hire a mason to repair wall damage with incorrect brick?

A month or so ago I had an electrician in who accidentally put a hole through the brick wall of our house that now needs to be repaired. From what I can gather, because I live in an older house the ...
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Pouring footer in dirt without form

A construction site close to my house made their footer by just digging a ditch around the perimeter of the building and poured concrete directly in the dirt with no wooden form. I'm just curious if ...
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How much active labor is involved in repointing?

I hired a contractor to perform repointing on my old house and opted to pay them by the hour. I chose this company is because they know how to make the proper softer mortar for antique Chicago bricks....
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Is a wooden buck necessary when installing windows into full width brick?

I'm looking for pointers on installing a new window into a full width brick wall. Pictures are here. They are the basements windows in a rowhome. There's a slanted brick sill on the bottom. The brick ...
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Band board in contact with ground- how to waterproof?

We recently bought a home built in 2004. During the inspection it was noted that there is what is assumed to be pressure treated wood "band board"or a ledger board (?)at the rear of the home adjacent ...
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Building a 1 layer thick brick wall over drywall

Looking to lay a brick wall over drywall in my basement. The floor is a concrete slab which covers my entire basement. I am looking to see what issues or concerns I should have laying a 1 layer ...