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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello guys, Fledging DYI'er here. Happy to be on board. Will post any results back here in case it's helpful to someone else in the future. I'm repointing an old stone wall that used to be a kitchen firepit in this old farmhouse. It was going great... until I got to the lower third of the...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hey All! I'm in an 1840 structure, small, with two chimneys - one is functional, and needs a little work, the other is completely non-functional (it's sealed with cement, pics below) and dead-ends above a dirt crawl space. I know nothing about this stuff - but to me it looks like it's beyond...
  5. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi Everyone, I have a stone patio with the following problems: 1- It has had a lot of dirt/grime/gunk in the stone. The stone is also somewhat pitted, likely because the previous owner didn't seal it. 2- After 7 hours over 2 days I've been able to remove a lot of it using a bleach solution a...
  6. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have an older home that needs some brick to be repointed. It's not extensive, otherwise I would hire pros. How can I determine the age of the bricks to ensure I'm using the right mortar mix? The house was built in the early 20th century (likely 1920s but officially 1935). The house is in...
  7. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have a 100+ yr old foundation that is fieldstone below grade and brick above. The stones are predominantly New England granite. Much of the foundation has stones that are 6"-12" across, but one area is a gnarly rubble wall of small stones and brick. The rubble wall has been refaced on the...
  8. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi, I'm in the process of prepping my house for painting. The house was built in the early 40's out of what I'm calling "cinder brick". The bricks are shaped like regular old bricks one would build a house of, but they are made of the same stuff as cinder blocks. I bought the house last year...
  9. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Bought the house like this a couple years ago, finally doing something about it. Here is the video: http://youtu.be/f7LGVifNmfM I need a minimum of 26 bricks (I counted several just split in half, but not flaking out) and essentially repoint all joints on the upper half. This is my hopeful...
  10. Building & Construction
    The chimney on the home we just bought, like the rest of the property, has not been maintained. The bricks appear to be in good shape, but the mortar between them has turned to sand. It can be removed with bare fingers without too much effort. I have been reading a little about repointing and...
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