Concrete & Masonry

How to Cut a Huge Hunk of Granite


26,000 pounds of granite cut with a 2-pound hammer in 1 hour, condensed into a 7-minute video

Traditional Old School vs High-Tech New School Brick Walls


Which is better, a brick wall that stands for more than 800 years, or one that lasts 50 years?

Historic Mortar: 7 Minutes of BS


In short, mortar is a mixture of some or all of the following materials: Portland cement, sand, lime clay, and more modern additives.

Why do Buildings Fall During Earthquakes?


Brute strength will not win in a war with physics. Smart design predicts the resonance of a building and sidesteps the waves

A Carpenter's First Time Building Concrete Countertops


Guts, grout, and happy accidents make concrete countertops that look like stone—at least to non-geologists

A Brick Wall Flashing and Insulation Retrofit


A retrofit solution that works great for a low-skill workforce—like volunteers

Pour a Concrete Driveway


Tying into an existing driveway involves digging, spec-ing, sloping, pouring, and brooming. 

Makita's OSHA-Compliant Silica Dust Extractor


A solid workhorse that sucks better than many other HEPA vacs at a great price point

Frost-Protected Monolithic Slab


An affordable insulated slab foundation suitable for climate zones 4, 5, and 6

The Model ReModel Show: A Humpy Bumpy Foundation


Floor layout and framing, some good news from the building inspector, and a pleasant surprise on the adhesive front

Gut Rehab and Addition Double the Size of A Minneapolis Foursquare


This first video in the series focuses on the existing conditions and the demolition sequence. Following videos look at the foundation, framing, exterior shell, and exterior finishes.