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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    For a few reasons I decided on digging a cellar into the side of the hill near my house rather than excavating a big hole, building something in it, then covering it back up - I realize its probably more work and dangerous when not properly done but for my case this still seems like the better...
  2. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello everyone, just wanted to get your opinion on a new driveway that is showing quite a few consistent cracks within 2 months from pouring. Is this cracking normal or is it indicative of an issue? The new concrete driveway was poured on April 6, 2022 (3.5 months ago) I was told it would be 4...
  3. Remodeling
    Hi all. I was changing the rod - spring loaded ends - when instead of depressing the end spring, the holder popped out of the wall! I was very surprised as I wasn’t using much pressure. Anyway, looking for a way to put the holder back up. It fits very tightly in its place, but we hang a basket...
  4. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi all, I am installing artificial turf in my backyard. I would like to divide it with a path filled with decorative rocks. The whole area was excavated 4" deep and I covered it with geo textile fabric to keep weeds from growing. The 2 areas with grass are filled with base rocks and top with a...
  5. Kitchen backsplash cement backing w/ outlet

    Kitchen backsplash cement backing w/ outlet
  6. Painting
    I recently had exterior concrete steps repaired that go from a 2nd floor apartment to the ground. They were previously painted by something that was think and rubbery. The concrete company recommended epoxy with sand mixed in on the treads. He also didn’t recommend cement paint saying it would...
  7. General DIY Discussions
    Have a small drain on a back walkway that has some cracking and broken up concrete around it. At least I think it's concrete. I'm not too familiar with this stuff. But it looks like asphalt and concrete was poured around the drain a long time ago as it deteriorated. My question is. Is this...
  8. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi, good day. The 7' retaining wall around my house and garden is cracking. The house is on a small rise above the split in the road. The retaining wall is basically holding all the soil back, so I'm quite concerned. The houses here are built on saprolite, what we call rotten rock, so it's not...
  9. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have a very old driveway that's gone from gravel ( 1860 ) surface to cement panels to the current asphalt surface. I'm seeing cracks on the surface, some 1" to 3" wide x 1.5" D, various lengths. Can I use cement to fill the cracks, concrete, asphalt crack filler ( last choice )? Thanks
  10. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, I just purchased a large (and heavy) cement water fountain for my backyard. After setting it up (no small feat due to weight and the need to carefully level each portion), I was dismayed to discover that the two top bowls apparently leak. By this I mean when the bowl is full and the...
  11. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Our patio is flagstone with mortar between stones. The mortar and many of the stones are loose. I thought I could remove some of the mortar and stones and plant groundcover in the place of the removed stones and mortar. I removed some stones and mortar; there was about 1/4 inch flagstone 2...
  12. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    All, Was buying pallets of 80 lbs bags of cement from Lowes for $114+ and they raised the price, so not over $195. I saw a place where a pallet goes for $105, with free shipping, but did not bookmark it, so cannot find it again. If anyone has a good source for this would appreciate a link...
  13. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have a pretty good size waterfall outside and I need to refinish the water way (between waterfall and tank) where the water runs down, it has cracks in it. Would mortar be a good substance and would it stick to existing material, not sure what existing material is, but the actual waterfall is...
  14. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi, We have 2 basement cinder-block opposite (North and South) cracked, bulges, foundation 8' walls. The bulges are 6' x 6'. The house is a 2 bdrm/1 Bath/2 level/with a basement, 1900 sq ft. Can we: Support jacks and how many?? 1) dig the dirt down exterior, 2) One side at a time, Lift (ONLY if...
  15. General DIY Discussions
    I need to mount this very light, aluminum sign onto Hardy Board Plank siding. I have two questions regarding the correct way to fasten: 1 - What kind of fastener should I use? Do they make aluminum screws? I don't want to use a metal that will rust, nor one that will cause galvanic...
  16. General DIY Discussions
    Hi everyone, moved into a house in Memphis area in November and for some reason many of the homes here have this pebble flooring on exterior patios. When walking on it barefoot it feels like shards of glass. What are my options to smooth OVER it? Some kind of cement/concrete/filler that...
  17. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi everyone:) I would like to square off the patio with cement but there is a big drop. I would guess 10 to 12". What is the best way to do to get this level before I can get the concrete poured? See attached. Thanks for your help, Troy.
  18. General DIY Discussions
    I recently made some garden box supports out of concrete. As you can see in the pictures, the installed product has a 1/2" dowel rod that extends through the structure and then anchors it in place on the ground. In order to get this hole I put a length of pvc through the middle while pouring the...
  19. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi all, I made a sink. The surface has a lot of pinholes and roughness. I am hoping to make some sort of slurry and fill it in. The person at HD recommended hydraulic water- stop cement. It doesn't seem to be ideal, but I would like some input. What do you all think? Any good suggestions for...
  20. Flooring
    Hello! I am a complete newbie to this forum as well as to any sort of home improvement projects - it's generally my husband's domain. But.. we just moved into a new house and I'm determined to tackle something myself. He can help me out a lot but I'd like to kind of come up with a plan on my...
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