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  1. 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...
  2. Plumbing
    Dear friends, I need to connect my 6" sewer service into a new construction house, but heres the problem...typically the mason leaves a pvc sleave inside the concrete and extends the pvc about 6-12" outside, so I can just connect a coupler and move on...but, this mason cut the sleeve flush with...
  3. New Member Introductions
    I am a professional stone mason. I also dabble in a bit of everything so I DIY too. Especially interested in old school style projects--building log furniture, adobe, building stuff out of bamboo. Natural building type stuff.
  4. Remodeling
    Hey. I'm so so sorry if I am posting this in the wrong spot. It's my first time using this site, but I've got a general question. We have a brick fireplace area in our home that we're looking to deepen, in order to accommodate a wood burning stove. We were told it needs to be made about 1-brick...
  5. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi.... I have brick and slab stairs on the front of my house (approx 3'x4') with 2 stairs and a landing. The mortar has turned to sand. the construction blocks and bricks arent in the greatest shape either. It's a wonder it still holds weight at all. I thought about prefab stairs, but that...
  6. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    We have had water leaking around our fireplace since we built our house 4 years ago. I have a 2 story house, with a full mason chimney. one leak is on the ceiling above the fireplace on our first floor, the other is below the fireplace in the basement. The leak seams worse on driving...
  7. General DIY Discussions
    We have an older home in San Diego, CA built in 1925. It has a masonry fireplace and the dimensions of the firebox opening are 25.5" wide by 29" tall and it is 20" deep. The sides are angled in as they go back and the top angles forward. We have always been under the impression that it was...
  8. Remodeling
    My wife and I bought our first house (1965) in March and have been putting together our list of projects we want to do. I have already put in torn out the carpet (hardwood underneath) two new toilets and re-sided the house among other small projects. the chimney is in the center of the living...
  9. Building & Construction
    I've got a ~90-year-old 3-stall garage that is constructed entirely of old clay standard-sized brick with a wooden roof just sitting on top of the brick structure. The brick is in good shape. It's not sagging or cracked. All walls are ~6 inches thick. I'm in the process of building walls...
  10. General DIY Discussions
    Hi to all who read this, and thank you in advance for any suggestions. I purchased a distressed house and the former owner/builder did not complete the fireplace. It is gas, which is hooked up and functional but the fake stone was not grouted between the stones and part of the stones have been...
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