Learn how to build with brick, concrete and stone to develop your masonry skills.
How to Properly Mix Concrete
How to hand mix concrete so it delivers maximum strength and durability. Mixing isn't complicated and when done well, the concrete should last a lifetime.
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Repair or Replace - Pouring Concrete Steps
Cutting away the damaged concrete and pouring a new concrete cap on the step can often repair badly broken concrete steps. The fix will be durable and you avoid the high expense of a complete tear-out.
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 your home.
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 river rock, they’re tough and durable, yet easy and inexpensive to assemble.
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 keep your chimney solid for the life of the house.
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. Unlike earlier versions of artificial stone that looked fake, newer faux stone looks almost identical to the real thing. This article explains how to ...
How to Fix a Sinking Driveway
This article shows you what to do when your driveway starts to sink and pull away from your garage floor. The fix is easier than you might think, and you can do it yourself. You just need to use pavers to create a new apron where the driveway is sinking. We'll show you how.
Tips to Build a Concrete Walkway
Build strong, crack-free concrete sidewalks and slabs with these 10 pro tips. Tips include forming edges, leveling, smoothing, curing and other vital steps in creating a first-rate concrete pour. Also, the 10 most common mistakes.
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 out and remortaring the joints—is easier than it looks if you have the right tools.