Concrete & Masonry

How To Fix Someone Else's Caulking Repair in Stucco

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A fast and inexpensive way to patch stucco walls. Put this in your bag of tricks.

How to Cut a Huge Hunk of Granite

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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

A Brick Wall Flashing and Insulation Retrofit

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

Pour a Concrete Driveway

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

Makita's OSHA-Compliant Silica Dust Extractor

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

Frost-Protected Monolithic Slab

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