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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
    Hi all! I've got a basement window in a block wall that has a brick arch above it. So I'm hoping I don't need to add a lintel. The interior brick/concrete above the window has chipped away. I see some gaps in the mortar that go all the way through to the outside, so I'll fill those up with...
  3. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Concrete block wall. Trying to repoint before i frame and finish my basement. I got a dust shroud shop vac attachment for my makita angle grinder, Starting on a section of wall that is 11ft. wide x 80in. height. Can i just go ahead and rake 1/2in. of the mortar out of the whole wall at once, or...
  4. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Those are walls from 3 different buildings. 1: 2: 3: Also I'd appreciate an example photo of dried and weathered mortar of 1 cement, 1 lime putty, 6 sand.
  5. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, I’m new to the forum and I’m hoping someone can explain what’s going on with my home. I purchased a house in rural southeast SD in July, and have been noticing random saturated foundation blocks around the perimeter of the home. The photo with the sidewalk pictured is the exterior...
  6. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Greetings Everyone... I'm in the process of preparing to repoint by natural stone foundation wall (house is located in Southern Ontario, Canada). House was constructed in 1921 and is solid masonry with a natural stone foundation (looks to be granite) Existing mortar has deteriorated and I've...
  7. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I am building a base/stand for a pump in a water feature, so, it will be submerged. The outside of this now empty cylinder (about 9 inches in diameter) is already made, using rock slats on the outside, mortared together. The inside of this empty cylinder is mortar. It will be filled half way up...
  8. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Our patio is flagstone with mortar between stones. The mortar and many of the stones are loose. I thought I could remove some of the mortar and stones and plant groundcover in the place of the removed stones and mortar. I removed some stones and mortar; there was about 1/4 inch flagstone 2...
  9. 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...
  10. General DIY Discussions
    About to buy my first rental property but I am no expert in foundations. I plan to consult a foundation expert as well but figured I would see if I can get any insight first. This forum has helped me a lot in the past! No cracks in the block walls, however they are painted with the white...
  11. 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...
  12. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have a pretty good size waterfall outside and I need to refinish the water way (between waterfall and tank) where the water runs down, it has cracks in it. Would mortar be a good substance and would it stick to existing material, not sure what existing material is, but the actual waterfall is...
  13. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Hello All - I know this topic has been covered before, but was hoping to get some opinions on this. My basement (1965 house) had 9x9 tiles that were removed many years ago, there is still some old cutback/mastic and other glue adhesive on the floor. It's not flaking, it's definitely stable...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, I bought a house last September, and there are some cracks above the garage doors I am working on filling in. I bought some standard Quickcrete mortar, and buff coloring based on a friends recommendation, but the colors are all wrong. Can anyone give me a recommendation on a mortar...
  17. Plumbing
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  18. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    In 1986 the former owner of my home added an addition and a concrete pad was poured instead of excavating below. The crawlspace air is not connected to the basement and is getting very musty smelling and the fiberglass insulation is deteriorating over the years. Warm moist air enters the cool...
  19. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    Hi there, I'm tiling a bathroom and using Hardibacker 1/4" CBU on ply sub floor and was wondering what Notch trowel I should use. does it matter? I have Mapei Ready to use premium mortar. (this should be ok for both sides yes?) one more question. I have a low spot that 1/4" at the deepest...
  20. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi, have a fireplace in living room. House built in 70's. Had fire last weekend and could smell smoke downstairs in basement (near furnace/ chimney below where fireplace is on top floor). Checked the upstairs fireplace hearth and could see cracks in mortar between bricks. Some going to back of...
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