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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello Friends, I have an exterior cinderblock shed that I am wanting to apply a brick veneer to. The brick veneer is about 1/4” thick brick and the surface of the cinderblock is painted. I have two questions: - Can I apply the veneer over a painted surface if so, are there extra steps to this...
  2. General DIY Discussions
    Hi I am new to the boards, I have a cinder black foundation around my garage , the structure is 40 years old. I went to remove some paint that was on there as I was doing this the Stucco started coming off. Some areas it came off so easy, other areas it is so strong. Can I caulk the block...
  3. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, I came across this forum looking for info about a project, but I think I need more specific help than I could find. The short version of my question is this: I'm walling in a raised bed with a stock tank pond in the middle, so what is the most cost-effective way of building the wall for...
  4. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I'm trying to figure out a potential plan to build my own home, and I would like to use block construction, but the one thing I just cannot figure out is how do ceilings/floors work? Preferably, I would like to have a drop ceiling, and a variety of flooring types including hardwood, carpet...
  5. New Member Introductions
    So we bought a house in 2005 during the bubble. It was built in 1968. Single floor ranch with basement. The previous owner decided around 2002 to add an addition. 22x28 "family room". I am having issues with this "addition". They built it a 7 feet away from an incline of grass that raises up...
  6. Building & Construction
    I'm replacing a small deck, rebuilding from scratch. There are adhesive anchors in the cinder block foundation wall that are in perfect shape. How do I transfer the precise location of the anchors onto a new ledger board? These are 1/2" stainless steel threaded studs protruding about 3" from...
  7. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    The title may say it all as this is new territory to me. Live in Florida, 2016 home, concrete block - standard Florida issue and build. West exterior wall has concrete pads where AC and pool equipment are anchored. Sun stresses everything here, and 4 year old pool equipment is taking a beating...
  8. General DIY Discussions
    I live in Florida in a 1 story, cinder block wall home. The house is about 20 years old and I've lived in it 6 years. Over the past 4 weeks i've heard a tapping sound coming from what sounds like the inside of the wall. It almost sounds like someone is bouncing a hard rubber ball outside the...
  9. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, I will attach two photos and will not hesitate to take more if necessary. I am noticing horizontal cracks in my cinder block foundation. It does not appear to be buckling, it doesn't appear to be wet on the inside constantly, and the crack is in a seam (joint?) So, am i clear to re...
  10. Building & Construction
    I want to build an A-frame. seems weird, at least that's what I hear. I was wondering if it's advisable to to frame in a first floor and then build an A-frame on top of that. Will be constructing a 16"W X 8"H continuous footing with a mason block foundation wall. I was also wondering if anyone...
  11. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi everyone. This is my first time posting here and I need your help. I’m retrofitting a space that was at one point in time an addition to an older home. It’s on a concrete slab and meets up with the rest of the house, which sits on a cinder block foundation with a crawl space. In order to...
  12. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    I'm renovating a shower and I'm thinking about putting in a nook on a wall that has cinderblocks behind the framing. This is a wall between townhouse units (not an exterior wall) so it doesn't need insulation. I don't see any need to put cement board on top of cinder block, so I'm thinking all...
  13. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello everyone! I'm coming here today to get some advice on a major issue with a foundation wall in a house I am buying. It's an old flatstone/sandstone wall (whatever you want to call it), and a gutter has been draining directly onto it for several years while the property was unoccupied. I...
  14. Insulation
    I am new and have run into a situation that confuses me. My walk out basement is very cold, so I pulled two pieces of paneling off the wall thinking I would put insulation behind it and have found there is no space to do so. I have attached photos to this message as I thought that might be...
  15. Painting
    Hi, I've searched these forums for an answer to this probably obvious question, but I have found only posts about serious basement problems. I have a 60-year-old house with a basement that is very dry. The cinder block was painted several times over the years. The current paint is a somewhat...
  16. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have what seems like a separation of my cinder block wall and what i would guess is back fill or concrete or something. My question would be, Should i fill this void with some high density concrete i have or should i fill it with something else?? I also think i have a little neighbor who...
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