Concrete & Masonry

Broom Finish a Concrete Slab


How to apply a non-slip broom texture to a concrete slab

How to Finish a Concrete Slab with a Bull Float

The first finishing tool on the slab pushes down rocks and brings the cream to the top of the concrete surface

Energy Star Checklist, Section 1: Overall Air Barrier and Thermal Alignment

Energy Star Thermal Bypass Checklist: Overall Air Barrier and Thermal Alignment

18 Videos, articles, and animations showing you how to get through Section 1 of the Energy Star Thermal Bypass Checklist. It is about the continuity between various components of the air barrier system and the thermal envelope.


Roadside Concrete Block Making


Front-yard factories dot the coast road in Ecuador and Columbia

Make a Handy Stucco Bucket Scoop


An easy to make scoop that cleans the bucket as you empty it.

How To Fix Someone Else's Caulking Repair in Stucco


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

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