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  1. Questions about reinforcing old CMU

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi, I've posted a rough sketch of my plans for this project after doing my homework about retaining walls, CMUs and a bit about masonry: Color key: Yellow - existing construction Green - new construction plans Orange - new construction I have questions about In a nutshell, I have an old CMU...
  2. Parging PAINTED basement CMU walls

    General DIY Discussions
    Hi everyone, I am planning to parge my basement walls to make it look a little more aesthetically pleasing and cover all of the cracks where bugs are coming in. The problem is that my walls are painted and I don't know if a mortar mix is going to stick long term. Would it be sufficient to...
  3. How would you take this brick wall down?

    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...
  4. Modifying brick fireplace facade

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi, I have a space in my house that used to house a pellet stove. I want to remove the raised bricks from it and then install a frame to install a new gas fireplace and then cover the brick with either reclaimed wood or ship lap. My question is, can I just chisel out the bricks that extend...
  5. cilinder block bench:001_unsure:

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    hi there I'm new to this forum and would like some help with building a sitting bench out of cylinder blocks, this is where it gets tricky, I'm trying to do this right in front of an existing cylinder block wall thats about 7 feet high and only has 12inches of a Footing. So do I dig below the...
  6. Crack in third (3rd) floor party wall

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello All. This is my first post on diychatroom, please excuse any formalities I may not have taken. I have been fixing up a 3 story rowhome (end property, brick) in Philadelphia. The house was vacant for a couple years, and I have been chipping away at repairs and renovations over the last...
  7. Masonry neutralizers necessary?

    Painting
    Hi, My wife and I just bought a house, with no interior paint (I'm not from the US and the cheaper, unfinished houses are pretty common here). Now, it's painting practice here to always use a masonry neutralizer on concrete walls before painting. They say so that the paint will adhere better...
  8. attn: Tscarborough, Hurricane Sandy, basement repair, point, parge, insulate

    Building & Construction
    hello. I have never posted to the forum before, but I have followed various threads for a long time now. Advice from all would be appreciated, but the topic seems up Tscarboroughs alley. Background: House is located in Rockaway Beach New York. Said to have been built in 1930s The formerly...
  9. Installing cement backer board on outside wall

    Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I have a slightly uneven concrete wall that is painted and located above/behind a small pond outside. I would like to tile it and to save time and preparation is it possible to install concrete board directly onto the existing wall with concrete screws? Or does it have to have to be...
  10. DIY fireplace remodel gone awry - impenetrable brick wall

    Building & Construction
    I am attempting to drywall over the top portion of a floor to ceiling brick wall. Unfortunately, the brick is both recessed in certain areas and bumpy. As a result, I need to attach furring strips to the recessed areas in order to give a smooth, level appearance. The problem: the brick is...
  11. Cutting through masonry wall

    Remodeling
    I have a story and a half house with the first floor exterior walls consisting of 10 inch masonry, about half brick on the outside and half terra cota tubes running horizontally on the inside and plastered over. We are contemplating expanding the back (west side) of the house. In order to...
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