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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    This wall separating gardens and the driveway has been moving more every year and i dont have any ideas on what can be done, looks like the past owners caulked it up but it just keeps getting worse, any suggestions?
  2. Building & Construction
    Hey, I'm new here :) I live in Germany, in an over 100 years old building. The inner walls are made of some really crappy material, some sort of red bricks with gravel texture, that makes the drilling very sloppy. I try hanging a pull-up bar and when I inserted the dowels (should fit the wall...
  3. Painting
    Hey everyone, I'm looking to paint a sign on exterior brick for a retail space. The paint would have to be removable based on the landlord's request. Does anyone know if this is possible? And what type of paint to use? Or potentially an alternative solution. Thanks so much.
  4. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    We have uncovered an old (100+ years) brick wall in our bathroom renovation project. It's an interior brick wall on the side of our house that is built up against the row house next door. It's in good shape and there's no exterior moisture to worry about. I want to seal and paint it white so I...
  5. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have a 15"x9"x2.25" stone house number that I want to install on my house. I would like to remove some brick from the house and install the house number where the brick was. The location is a corner of the house near the garage door opening. Is this ok? Or will I compromise the strength of...
  6. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    While my question is not strictly DIY, I think I can still ask it. If I have a small 30' X 30' house that is a single story, how much would it cost to brick the exterior (approximately)? I'm not overly concerned with how it looks. It can be thick around the windows. I guess a foundation...
  7. Building & Construction
    Hey All! Excited to join the community, this is my first post. I'm JP, hail from California, and when it's not burning I do some building projects. This question is about one that I don't know how to finish. As you (hopefully) can see in the pictures, I have installed a cedar arbor on our...
  8. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, Our house's previous owners thought it would look cool to lay slate tile over brick on our front door stairs, but the tile is always coming off and it's just too much maintenance. So we want to remove the tile and I was wondering if there is an easy way to get grout off brick? Thanks!
  9. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    We moved into a house built in the 1950's. One of the former owners covered about 1/2 of the walls on the "finished" side of the basement in grooved brick, which makes the already-dark basement much darker. The grooves in the brick are about 1/2 an inch deep, so painting would not only be...
  10. Roofing/Siding
    Hello, I noticed some bees getting between the sidings and the brick exterior (please see pictures). Is this gap supposed to be sealed/caulked? If yes, what is the best material to use for a clean finish? Thanks
  11. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hey all, when I first moved into my condo, I wanted to cut an opening in the exterior brick wall so I could install a dog door. It took me six months of exhausting work and ended up with brick dust covering everything. This was mostly because I took the approach it's better to ask for...
  12. General DIY Discussions
    The firebrick (refractory brick) in my old fireplace was badly crumbling away so I decided to replace it. I bought a bunch of new refractory brick from a local mason and also some Heat Stop mortar I plan to use. After pulling down the old brick, I ran into an issue. 2 of the 3 walls (left...
  13. General DIY Discussions
    i want to build a removable gazebo off my back porch. my porch is elevated approx 4 ft off the ground. the base is brick. i had an idea that i would build a pocket or lip toward the top of the base with hardware to hold the 2 x 4 or 4 x 4 in the pocket. i think i want the pocket to be made of...
  14. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have this brick (facade?) covering 2/3 of a living room wall. It was built around 1979. I want to take it down and replace it with something safer (its cracking), and more modern. Here are the steps I plan to take and the tools I plan to use. I've never done anything like this. Can you tell...
  15. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have an older home that needs some brick to be repointed. It's not extensive, otherwise I would hire pros. How can I determine the age of the bricks to ensure I'm using the right mortar mix? The house was built in the early 20th century (likely 1920s but officially 1935). The house is in...
  16. Drywall & Plaster
    My parents live in an old house with lathe and plaster walls. They have an unused chimney coming up through their living room. This chimney is covered directly with plaster-no convenient studs to work with. Here's my problem: I would like to mount a mantle on this wall. While it's not...
  17. Building & Construction
    I just bought a 1900 house up in Maine. So I am vaguely familiar with the standard framing and all that... and I need to do some damage control from previous cutting corner things done. Anyhow, 1st, the house, the beams run the width, about 21-22ft, the beams are 6x6.... is this undersized...
  18. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    So my family owns a historical building located in Ohio. Over the past couple of years the brick has been spalling on the inside near one of our production kitchens. We've had multiple masonry people come out, caulk it, call it a day. Its not working and we are afraid of losing the wall...
  19. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    The bricks I am planning to fix old walls with have been sitting outside in the winter. Between a few months of freezing and thawing, can they be trusted? This suddenly occurred to me while researching how to insulate a brick building.
  20. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have started a rather large remodel on a re purposed brick church. the basement is deep under ground and only the top 2 ft of the 12 ft high walls are above ground. I have exposed the brick on the interior of the foundation walls, which was covered by an inch of plaster. I would love to clean...
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