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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Our masonry porch has settled and separated from the house over the years since the house was built in 1973. However, I don't believe it has moved since I bought the house in 2010. The caulk that the previous homeowner used to cover the gap has become brittle and developed some gaps of its own...
  2. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I am a 70-year-old female with NO concrete experience. I am installing rubber "curbs" in my driveway that need to be bolted down. I went to Home Depot and they helped with the hardware to use. They suggested I get a hammer drill. I said I wasn't about to spend more money on the hammer drill than...
  3. 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...
  4. Building & Construction
    Hello, this is a house in UK, built in the early '70s. Some parts of the outer walls are made of concrete blocks. I suppose they are one of the usual types: e.g., aggregate, lightweight or aircrete, but I'm not sure which one. I would like to know in order to buy the appropriate anchors/fixings...
  5. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I recently had a brand new circular driveway installed, using a 3 piece interlocking concrete paver (Nicolock Granite City). After installation, the landscapers dirtied up the new driveway, and the dirt would not come off with a hose. I purchased a power washer with surface cleaner...
  6. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi all! I had been feeling a couple cracks with Great stuff in a door installation over some bluestone. This is my first time using great stuff. Didn't realize it would be so messy. I had a mister bottle and some rags but some residue from the great stuff got on the bluestone. Tried spraying it...
  7. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi everyone! I have a predicament with my chimney. It has two larger holes in two of the sides about midway up (see attached picture). Now I know I should do something about it but heres the catch. I plan on removing the chimney next year so I want to just basically get it through the winter...
  8. 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...
  9. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Thanks to @Gymschu as usual for his advice. Anything else to consider before I attempt to patch this up? I assume remove anything loose?
  10. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    The inner side of an exterior wall in my house has, behind the plasterboard, a kind of masonry which I'd like to identify. I attach pictures. It looks like concrete but it's quite easy to drill: I can very easily drill it with a 2mm wood/metal drill bit in a HAND (i.e., not electric) drill...
  11. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    So I walk in front of my house on one side dropped about an inch and a half, City says I'm responsible for it has a trip Factor.. City says I don't need to replace the whole square of the sidewalk just need to repair the trip Factor. By the way city owns a sidewalk but I'm responsible to repair...
  12. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    This wall separating gardens and the driveway has been moving more every year and i dont have any ideas on what can be done, looks like the past owners caulked it up but it just keeps getting worse, any suggestions?
  13. Building & Construction
    I'm noticing a series of running brick cracks and bent floor joists, then noticing they're under a chimney stack. If those two are connected versus coincidental, would be great to hear advice on how to support that corner. I created this video for a family friend to give an opinion...
  14. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have a 15"x9"x2.25" stone house number that I want to install on my house. I would like to remove some brick from the house and install the house number where the brick was. The location is a corner of the house near the garage door opening. Is this ok? Or will I compromise the strength of...
  15. 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...
  16. Building & Construction
    Hi Everyone, I am getting ready to build out an outdoor kitchen. All of the utilities were run when we had the house built, so I don't need to add any significant electrical or plumbing. I will be adding a built in NG Grill, drop in sink, some stainless cabinet doors, and a fridge. You can...
  17. General DIY Discussions
    Hello DIY community, I recently purchased an older building that needs some work. I have a question about hourly jobs vs. quoted jobs. I want to be fair to local tradesman without getting taken advantage of, so I'd really like your help in understanding how this works. I understand hourly...
  18. General DIY Discussions
    Long time DIY'er but new to the community. I'm stuck and need ideas. Bought a house a few years ago which had this shower with brick surrounding it.Noticed the tiles needed replaced but the list of issues with this shower grew as time progressed. The major problem is it is a huge pain to...
  19. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I am in a home with a stone facade with limestone window sills. Some of the sills seem to be pitched towards the house causing some leaking into the interior below those windows. Does anyone know of a fix for this short of removing and resetting the window sills and stonework on the front of...
  20. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    We are remodeling a home in Texas (hot & humid!) and want to do a dry stack look wainscot of natural stone 4" chopped (more dense than limestone). The guy at the stone place where we ordered it said you should normally do either metal lathe or tie-ins. There is a decent footing and the...
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