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 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…
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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…
How to Repair Mortar Joints
Learn the tools and techniques used for tuckpointing old masonry walls and chimneys. Discover how to restore cracked and worn mortar joints, how…
Build a Brick Pathway in the Garden
Make a simple garden path from recycled pavers or cobblestones set on a sand bed. Learn all the details of path building, from breaking…
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…
Build Your Own Concrete Table
Create a polished concrete table with a solid wood base, with inlays of glass, leaves, tile or other materials. This project is simple enough…
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…
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…
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…