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  1. 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 to cut out old mortar and how to pack new mortar in neatly and cleanly.

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  1. Masonry: How to Repair Mortar Joints

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    Crumbling mortar in brick walls and chimneys has to be cut out and replaced to avoid structural and water damage. Tuckpointing—cleaning out and remortaring the joints—is easier than it looks if you have the right tools.

  2. How to Use an Angle Grinder

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    Learn to use an angle grinder to cut tile, mortar and pavers; make quick work of rust and loose paint removal; sharpen blades and cut or grind steel.

  3. How to Repair Broken Bricks

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    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 the mortar or rebuild the wall.

  4. How to Build a Custom Shower Pan

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    Are you building a shower in an irregularly shaped space that premade fiberglass shower pans won't fit? You need to build a custom mortar -bed shower pan. Here's why.

  5. Granite Countertops: How to Install Granite Tile

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    Get the look of granite countertops in your kitchen without the expense, weight and difficulty of solid slabs with DIY-friendly polished granite tiles. Like regular tile, they're cut to fit and installed with standard tools and mortar .

  6. How to Make a Stepping Stone

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    Learn how to make attractive stepping stones following a simple do-it-yourself method shown by our mosaic stone expert. Made from mortar and river rock, they’re tough and durable, yet easy and inexpensive to assemble.

Other Articles for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. Repointing Brick - Bob Vila Radio - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Brick installations last quite a long time, but over the years mortar deteriorates. When that happens, at repointing brick becomes a necessity. Here's how it's done.

  2. How To: Repoint Brick Walls - Bob's Blogs

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    FromBobVila.com

    Repointing brick walls and chimney's with new mortar will not only enhance their beauty, but ensure that they remain secure, stable and sound for years to come.

  3. How to Choose the Right Tile Trowel

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    FromRon Hazelton's Housecalls - Projects & Tips

    When it comes to setting tile, be sure to choose the right trowel for the job. Tile mortar trowels have notched edges.  When held at an angle and passed over the mortar bed, they leave uniform rows or ridges that collapse when the tile is set in place, ensuring that the mortar makes uniform contact ...

  4. How to Fit Tile Around Door Casings and Jambs

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    FromRon Hazelton's Housecalls - Projects & Tips

    The best way to fit ceramic tile around a door casing and jamb is to undercut the wood and then slip the tile underneath. Place some cardboard on the floor to represent the thickness of the mortar that will eventually be on the backside of the tile.  Put a piece of tile on top of the cardboard ...

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Other Videos for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. Mortar Mixing Tips

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    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    This Re:Fine video shows you how to mix mortar for specific building projects.

  2. How to use Thinset on Concrete

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    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    Host Tim Carter shares some tips for installing ceramic tile on concrete using thinset mortar . http://www.askthebuilder.com

  3. How to Use Thinset For Ceramic Tile Floors

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    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    http://www.askthebuilder.com host Tim Carter shares some tips about using thinset for installing a ceramic tile floor.He explains why using thinset mortar is fantastic for ceramic tile and how to mix it correctly.

  4. How to Install a Tile Floor

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    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    Despite a wide variety of design options, installing a ceramic tile floor typically follows a series of basic steps and can be installed over just about any type of subfloor. Jeff Wilson walks you through the installation process.

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Blog Posts

  1. Defending The Perimeter

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    FromDIY Diva

    As I mentioned in my last post, coming home to find a random chipmunk tail in the middle of your kitchen floor is something that will give you a moment’s...

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