Masonry: How to Repair Mortar Joints
Crumbling mortar in brick walls and chimneys has to be cut out and replaced to avoid structural and water damage. Tuckpointing—cleaning…
How to Repair Broken Bricks
Cracking or spalling in bricks may occur when the wrong type of mortar is used. There are no easy solutions; you may need to either replace all…
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Modern Stone Installation Tips
Modern stone veneer is attractive, durable and nearly maintenance free. We'll have a professional show you key installation tips to apply it to…
How to Cut Concrete
Cutting concrete is a tough job, but it doesn't have to be hard. Whether you're cutting concrete blocks or slabs, walls or floors, here are the…
How to Install Stone Facing
We'll show you how to install stone facing on your house. This do-it-yourself alternative to real brick and stone doesn't require a brick ledge.…
How to Stop Chimney Water Leaks
The concrete crowns of masonry chimneys often crack with age, allowing water to leak in. This article explains how the crown works, what it…
How to Install a Durable Asphalt Driveway
Replacing or adding a driveway? Learn the ingredients and techniques needed to make a high-quality, long-lasting asphalt driveway.
How to Reset a Loose Brick
Learn how to clean, reset and tuckpoint loose bricks. A loose brick can ultimately lead to major problems – even a wall collapse – but the fix…
Building a Fire Pit
Build a circular masonry fire pit for not much more than the cost of a flimsy store-bought fire ring. With tips from a veteran bricklayer, we’ll…
Cracks and spalling in a brick chimney can get worse fast, but the fix is easy if you do it in time. Two pros share maintenance tips that will…
How to Clean Brick
Is your brick siding covered with hard-water stains from your lawn sprinkler? Here's how to clean them and make the bricks look like new again.