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  1. Salting to kill ferns

    Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I've been cutting bracken fern on my 8 acres for three years now, having read this will starve the underground rhizome system. It has not worked at all. The plants are a major nuisance, they emit carcinogens both into ground water and air, they cause stomach cancer in animals who eat them and...
  2. How to obtain lime mortar for repointing in Ontario Canada

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello everyone, I've searched google and this forum in regards to repointing lime mortar. My house was built in the 1950's and I have a few areas that require new lime mortar to fill the gaps in between bricks. I tested the lime mortar by putting it into vinegar and watching to see if it...
  3. My brick foundation has been parged... on the inside

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have a brick foundation on a hundred year old house in Denver. Soft brick, lime mortar. At some point, I'm guessing the 50's from a paper I found stuffing a hole, the foundation was parged below grade on the inside with what must be portland cement, because its really hard. I've read...
  4. mortar for stone

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have done a fair bit with dry stack and want to give building a shed a try. I have a good supply of basalt stone of about the right size. When I look online for advice on mortar, the UK sites all say use only lime in the mix, and the US sites say either 1:1:6 or 1:2:9. So, with this...
  5. lime mortar NHL vs type S

    Building & Construction
    Howdy, I've been doing masonry in France for years. I'm used to using NHL-3.5 lime in a 1:6 lime:sand ratio. I'd like to do some masonry here in the states, but I can only find Type S lime. How do the dolmitic limes here compare to the natural hydaulic limes there? I can't find anyone who...
  6. dog urine burning my grass

    Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I have 2 dogs. Theydo their business in our yard and now I have a whole bunch of circles of dead grass where they pee. I've put seed on some of the spots and it doesn't really grow. Someone told me to use lime. Is this true. Will it allow the grass seed to grow. If I treat the whole yard will...
  7. Stone foundation in barn - add lime or mortar?

    Building & Construction
    Hello, I've been reading many threads tonight on this topic. Of course, not every situation is the same. I have an old barn with a dirt cellar and stone foundation (largish boulders. I'm undertaking some structural repairs myself and am trying to work out the big plan. One of the walls seems...
  8. Fieldstone foundation repair question

    Building & Construction
    I have read through a number of threads on fieldstone foundation repair and have seen the consensus for using straight lime or "low portland" mortars for this work. I have a old stone foundation that has a couple medium sized cracks - 1/4" wide or so. There are also a couple places where the...
  9. Help with 1920's foundation

    Building & Construction
    I have a 1920's built house in Toronto. I'm having a problem with the foundation deteriorating above ground and am trying to figure out how to repair it. The foundation is a poured concrete which I suspect has a large quantity of lime in it and it comes about 2 feet above ground before bricks...
  10. how to make white mortar for brick wall

    Building & Construction
    Good afternoon, I will be building a small brick wall in my front yard and need to find a way to make the mortar match the existing brick veneer of the house. This new wall will be 27" high and 12' long, two bricks wide. It is non-load-bearing, sits on a 4" poured concrete footing (in Georgia...
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