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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I am trying to secure a floating mantle shelf over a brick fireplace wall. I used 2 3/4" 3/16 tapcon screws to secure the strip of wood to a brick wall but the wood strip did not hold securely The tapcon 3/16" screws called for a 5/32 mortar bit hole which I used, but when I drilled the...
  2. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Yesterday we had our house repointed in areas where the mortar had softened and eroded. We are really worried that the contractor did a bad job. The house was built in 1915 in Northampton, MA (western part of the state). We are pretty sure it is a lime mortar as it has turned to dust in...
  3. Building & Construction
    Please Help!!!!! I recently discovered something disturbing in my son's room. I've had his bed up against an exterior wall since we moved in about a year ago. The wall has always been cold at night and I figured it was because it was right next to a single pane window. This morning, I...
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