Masonry

Learn how to build with brick, concrete and stone to develop your masonry skills.

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  • 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…

  • Chimney Maintenance

  • 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.

  • 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 Build a Stone Fire Ring

  • Build this simple, attractive fire ring with retaining wall stone surrounded by flagstone, creating the perfect spot for cookouts, family…

  • 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.…

  • 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 Replace Spalling Bricks

  • This article explains how to identify spalling on bricks, which causes them to deteriorate. It also tells how you can keep water away from brick…

  • 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 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…

  • How to Build an Outdoor Table

  • Build this attractive, durable stone look-alike table in a day, using inexpensive concrete products available at many home centers. You simply…

  • How to Cut Marble

  • Did you somehow acquire a slab of marble that you need to cut to size? You can use a circular saw and water hose to make all the cuts you need.…

  • 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 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 Make a Stepping Stone

  • Learn how to make attractive stepping stones following a simple do-it-yourself method shown by our mosaic stone expert. Made from mortar and…

  • How to Install a Glass Block Shower

  • A glass block wall installation can turn an ordinary bathroom into a dramatic showpiece. Step-by-step photos and clear instructions show how to…

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