Masonry

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

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 show you how.

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  • 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…

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • 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…

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