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I have an old porous “fruit cellar” of stone/concrete mix crumbling apart. How can I close it off and fill it in? Same with an old leaky cistern

Our house is almost 100 and has a fruit cellar crumbling below our front porch. We had it repaired 3 times but given it is made of a stone/concrete mix the foundation repairs continue to crumble & ...
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Should Ceramic Columns be Covered for Winter in New York?

I live in a house that has decorative outdoor columns on our patio. Every year, for winter, I help my dad tie up the columns in a protective plastic wrapping. It usually takes all day Saturday, and ...
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How clean up linseed oil stains after spill on stone patio?

A contractor spilled linseed oil on my stone patio, staining a large area. I tried cleaning the stone with simple dish soap & water, and it had absolutely no effect. I fear that the oil has been ...
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Attach stone veneer evenly to irregularly shaped foundation

I'm planning to attach stone or stone veneer to the bottom 2–3' of my house. At the front of my house, the poured concrete foundation is about 3' tall. Halfway from the front (toward the back), the ...
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Best tool and approach to cut new hole for airbrick in Victorian stone house wall?

It has been recommended by a building surveyor that will install another airbrick in the external wall of our Victorian house to help with airflow in the sub floor. I have seen multiple examples ...
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What should I use to seal cracks between stone foundation and sill beam?

I'm in the process of replacing subfloor and joist sistering and noticed some pretty serious gaps between the foundation and sill beam after clearing away the loose debris between joists. Would it be ...
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Having doubts about my mason

I have just hired a young mason for a few projects, one of which was to patch a hole in the brick wall and the other to build a low garden wall. I hired him on the basis of pictures that he texted me ...
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Attaching climbing holds on a rock surface

I have a set of climbing holds that I would like to attach to a stone finished outside wall of a house. It's a granite rock that I would be attaching the holds to, like this: My preference is to ...
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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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Foundation depth for mortared stone wall

I am building a mortared stone retaining wall and I am wondering on what depth to dig down for the foundation with which the stones will sit on. From what I gather from resarching, they say to dig ...
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How can I stop foot-prints showing in Vitrified paving?

We've had some vitrified paving laid at the front of the house. We're noticing that footprints are very visible (if someone comes to the door, we can see the exact route they took). Is there a way ...
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What type of mortar should I use to repair a flat flagstone roof?

My garage has a flat flagstone roof. It is around 100 yrs old and is leaking. There are some cracks in the mortar. What kind of concrete mortar mix should I use to stop water from seeping through?
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backer board for fireplace stack stone

I'm redoing my fireplace wall with stack real stone ledger panels. Can I just use 5/8" cement board on the wall with no scratch coat ?
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Easiest way to replace mortar around door?

I have a stone house and some of the mortar around one of my door frames has completely eroded away, there are big gaps and I can now see the screws that once screwed into the mortar too hold the door ...
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remove stain from granite tile

I have a bathroom tiled with granite tile floor and walls. the granite is sealed with xypex (seems to be still well sealed) and is a salt and pepper quartzite granite. (see pic) one of the tiles has ...
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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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Ecologoic sealing “natural” stone floor indoors (impregnation)

I just finished to lay out natural stone tiles and was about to put on a chemical sealer I brought along with the stones (see this French product site, sorry, I can't find an english page), when I ...
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Proper base for stone walkways

The stone walkways around my house have all come apart to various degrees. I'd like to find a solution that will last for at least a few years. Is pouring a concrete base the right way to go? Or is ...
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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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Polymeric sand or replace original paver sand?

My back patio is made from closely placed paver bricks. Weeds and moss grow up from between the cracks. I've pressure washed the whole area off, removed all of the moss, and pulled out all of the ...
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Slope has gobbled up the retaining walls

A few tiered retaining walls were built on a slope on my property about 70 years ago. By now they have been completely consumed by the slope as you can see on the picture below where, in the white ...
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How to seal crevices in dry stack rock wall to prevent gopher activity?

I've recently had a retainer wall built in the landscape using the dry-stack method (see photos). Unfortunately, there has already been two occasions within past month of gopher activity behind the ...
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300mm diamond blade suitable for hard 100mm flint nodule/pebble concrete

I've got a 100mm 1920s subfloor slab to break up and remove, about 2x4m. The nearby surrounding masonry is fragile and I really want to avoid a breaker if I can, as there's considerable concern about ...
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How to install fireplace mantel on stone fireplace

This is the stone fireplace in our house: The rocks are quite big and the surface is very uneven. We want to install this stone fireplace surround: I have several questions: I assume I have to cut ...
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How to make a cavity in a stone?

I'm installing a firewood rack outside, and want for one side of it to stand on a large stone we have there. The boulder is irregularly shaped and the metal legs of the rack may slip off -- so I'd ...
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1790 brick Federal home with fieldstone foundation

We live in a 1790 brick federal upstate NY with a fieldstone foundation. The basement has above ground windows, and is the same footprint as the upstairs floors. The walls of the basement are all ...
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Stone raised garden bed on a slope

I want to build a raised garden bed with a stone wall. Height would be 1 foot. Since this will be in the front of the house I'm looking at "nice" stone, so not just concrete blocks. I will probably do ...