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…
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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 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 Seal an Asphalt Driveway
We’ll show you how to clean and prepare the driveway so you get the longest life and best protection from driveway sealer.
Asphalt Repair and Crack Filling
Learn how to fix driveway cracks and pits the right way. They’re more than just an eyesore; they actually speed up the demise of your…
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…
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…
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…
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…
DIY Fire Pit
Build a 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…