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2 Simple Steps to Protect Your Exterior Stonework

Doing this will extend the life of your exterior stone.

Make Solid Connections in Concrete

To securely mount screws, hooks or nails to a solid concrete surface, bore a hole in the wall, then...


Masonry Nailing Trick

If you’ve always had trouble driving masonry nails into concrete to mount furring strips or boards, try this trick.


How to Build a Post and Beam Pavilion

Does it seem like whenever you want to spend your day off outside, the weather foils your plans? Rain and...


Reader Project: Cast Concrete Bridge

Fred Beal is a highway engineer, so when he needed a bridge for his Montana home, he designed and built it himself. With help

Reader Project: Fabulous Fire Table

Making minor size adjustments to better fit his outdoor space, reader Ed Merkle built this stylish project using The Family...


How to Remove Rust from Concrete

This cheap and easy method for removing rust stains on concrete comes directly from an editor's hands-on, DIY experience.


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How to Repair Concrete Steps

Repairing concrete steps is a lot cheaper than building new ones.


How to Repair Broken Bricks

The cause—and two possible solutions


How to Reset a Loose Brick

A simple repair can save a whole brick wall


How to Build an Outdoor Table

The beauty and toughness of stone at a fraction of the cost


How to Stop Chimney Water Leaks

Stop inside-the-chimney waterfalls


How to Handle Efflorescence on Brick Chimneys

Moisture moving through bricks causes white mineral deposits on the brick surface and in the case of a chimney, it...