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How to Repoint a Brick Wall

Repointing a brick walls keeps moisture from getting behind the brick. Knowing how to repoint brick walls can help you to repair the damage to your walls and prevent further structural damage. [more…]

How to Patch Mortar on Brick Walls

Patching mortar on brick walls keeps moisture from getting behind the brick. Knowing how to patch mortar on brick walls can help you to repair the damage to your walls and prevent further structural damage [more…]

How to Tuck-Point Brick and Block Foundations

Over time, mortar tends to deteriorate. Not only are cracked and deteriorating mortar joints unsightly, but they also diminish the integrity of the surface and can allow water to get behind the brick or [more…]

How to Repair Brick and Block Foundations

Most often, the cause of damage to brick foundations is cracked mortar. If the damaged area is manageable, a do-it-yourselfer can easily perform the necessary repairs. Bricks were once used extensively [more…]

How to Repair Chipped Concrete Steps

The edges of concrete steps sometimes break off or crumble. If the edge comes off in one piece and you still have it, you can refasten it with an epoxy cement. You need a wire brush, two-part epoxy adhesive [more…]

How to Repair Broken Concrete Step Corners

If a big chunk of concrete broke off a step, you can repair it without having to spend money on taking out the old concrete and rebuilding the entire steps. If, however, the steps are generally in pretty [more…]

How to Fix Fireplace Cracks

In a masonry fireplace, firebrick is used to construct the firebox. Refractory brick panels line the firebox of a prefabricated metal fireplace. In both cases, the bricks and fireclay mortar are designed [more…]

How to Care for the Outside of Your Chimney

A chimney can be an exposed pipe, a framed enclosure that is covered with siding (called a sided chase) that houses the flue pipe, or a masonry chimney. The chimney travels from the inside of the home [more…]

How to Remove Grease and Oil Stains from Concrete

You probably let your vehicle rest in a garage, carport, or driveway when you’re not driving it. Depending upon the mechanical condition of your vehicle, oil and grease spots soon begin to decorate the [more…]

How to Level Settled Brick Patios and Walkways

Although leveling and resetting a brick patio is slow, heavy work, it’s not a complex project — just one that takes time and effort to do right. If you are ready to break a sweat, gather your tools and [more…]

How to Recoat an Asphalt Driveway

Few home-maintenance projects are easier than sealing an asphalt driveway. Mostly you need a strong back to maneuver the big, heavy buckets of sealer. When you’ve gathered everything you need, follow these [more…]

How to Clean Masonry

If you have a brick home, you probably have some problem spots in your masonry, such as mold growth or oil and paint stains. If these unsightly areas bother you, you can clean them. The most common masonry-cleaning [more…]

How to Fix Cracks in Your House’s Foundation

Foundations are rigid and tend to crack over time. Minor cracks, though unsightly, are not normally cause for alarm. Major cracks, on the other hand, indicate substantial movement and can undermine the [more…]

How to Clean Concrete

Cleaning concrete is easy and inexpensive. If you know how to clean concrete, you can restore an unsightly driveway in no time. Cars don’t have to be very old before they start leaving oil and grease stains [more…]

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