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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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?
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. Building & Construction
    Hi all! My old house has been having some foundation issue. Previous owner has taken some action on it. My contractor has unfortunately applied to incorrect mortar internally to fill the gap. I'm wondering what would be the best cost effective strategy and why. Anyways, video speaks better than...
  13. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have read some posts regarding the type of mortar shall be used for old fieldstone foundation. I have a old house (100+ years old) and the foundation has been having issues, such as leaning. Prior owner did some work but long story short, my contractor used: quikrete dot com / productlines...
  14. Windows and Doors
    I need to replace two exterior doors on an old house. The doors on both openings are left hand inswing (due to outdoor obstructions we have to stay with inswing). Both were previously hung with wood doors, but I'd like to get prehung HVHZ fiberglass flush doors so I won't have an issue with rot...
  15. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have an 1850 Gothic revival with a herringbone brick sidewalk that is about 50' long and 6' wide. The pavers have been down for at least 75 years. They were a rollercoaster caused by the tree roots and ground settling. The sidewalk connects to a front porch and side porch off the city...
  16. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Our house was flooded in hurricane Harvey. When we had volunteers demoing our house, most of these brackets that were in the mortar of the brick wall and fastened to the back of the studs, were removed. When the house was being constructed in 1978 these brackets were used every four feet and...
  17. Building & Construction
    Hi Everyone - I need some advice. I'm trying to replace some furring strips that came down when I removed the drywall and paneling in my basement. I used Tapcon screws on a few pieces and I'm about 50/50 - some hold tight, but have had a few that had issues. Is there something better than...
  18. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi, I just had this Breezeblock fence built in front of our house to create a front courtyard and more privacy. I am going to build my own gate which seems pretty simple and straightforward but I am not sure of the best direction to take in attaching it to the pillar. Should I: A)...
  19. General DIY Discussions
    Hi DIY Folks, I am planning to wrap a brick garage with cedar T&G. I was thinking of using Pressure Treat 1x as a nailer. I was also wondering about what type of masonry screws, and glue to use to adhere the nailer to the brick. Probably will need some type of masonry epoxy to fill screw holes...
  20. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Here's a picture of a vertical crack running down the corner of a concrete block foundation. Any recommendations on how to fix it? The footing is about five to six feet below grade, and the house is almost 100 years old. I'm not sure what caused the crack. The soil is very stable -- perhaps...
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