A Mashup of traditional architecture, modern technology, and good old gravity
A snowball effect of physics vs. physical structures: water carries salt to the surface of masonry, which crystallizes and can blow apart its masonry host.
A reusable gun that delivers a top-notch bead of sealant with very little waste
A little soap makes the goop workable and some fine sand makes it less goopy
Sealing the joints between slabs is critical to the longevity of concrete
An #oldschool approach to decorative concrete surfaces
Good amortization doesn't always involve using a building forever—sometimes, it means recapturing the space when the building corrodes
Just because they call it mud doesn’t mean it behaves like dirt and water
Jack Ellis is a brick layer. His work starts at 8 in the morning. Jack is working on the third floor, so he climbs the—what appears to be homemade—ladder up to get on the scaffolding.
Drill, Drive, DONE—Finally a concrete anchor that works
Flashing must extend all the way from the wall to the outside. Oh yeah, and it has to be watertight and eight people have to work on it...
The iconic brick layer’s trowel had found a new use.
"In order to maximize the buildable area on the infill lot, we had to go fairly deep and do some extensive shoring."
—Dan Whitmore of Hammer & Hand
Scouting photos for an upcoming video shoot covering moment frame, walls, foundation, and rim joists.
Long rods, a BIG drill, oversize washers, and an enormous wrench unbuckle a badly bowed wall. Notice the lack of 'excavator' on the list?
Letting the brick dry evenly is the key for old masonry walls that want to leak less energy
Direct the heat toward the feet
Adding brick to the outside of a house complicates insulating outside a slab. So Insulate inside.
The demo digs deep into the house to repair the rubble foundation and rework the workflow