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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 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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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…

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