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S17 E20: Fix Foundation, Textured Ceiling

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In this episode:

Mark repoints a crumbling fieldstone foundation and shares an important lesson about water management on the outside of the house; Tom discusses the proper disposal techniques for oily rags to prevent spontaneous combustion; instead of scraping, Mauro smooths over a textured ceiling using joint compound.

How to Plan for Spring Bulbs

Roger and Jenn share some tips for planting spring bulbs.

Where to find it?

Expert assistance with this segment was provided by Nawada Landscape Design.

How to Repoint and Prevent Further Damage to a Fieldstone Foundation

Mark repoints a crumbling fieldstone foundation and shares an important lesson about water management on the outside of the house.

Where to find it?

Mark emphasizes that if you suspect water damage in your basement, it’s just as important to identify and eliminate the cause of the water as it is to repoint the basement. He explains that having a good gutter and overall drainage system is essential to preventing further foundation damage to a house. Gutters and downspouts can be found at home centers.

To repoint the fieldstone foundation, Mark used a Type N mortar, manufactured by Quikrete. In general, Type S mortar is used for structural or foundation work, but Mark finds that the Type N works better in this application because of the large number of different stones in the foundation. To help the mortar bond better with the stones, Mark also added C-21 All Acrylic cement modifier admix, which is manufactured by Silpro.

The other tools Mark used to repoint the foundation, including the buckets, trowels, and jointers, can all be found at home centers and masonry supply stores.

Expert assistance with this segment was provided by MJM Masonry.

How to Safely Dispose of Oily Rags

Tom discusses the proper disposal techniques for oily rags to prevent spontaneous combustion.

Where to find it?

Tom explains that as long as rags are left uncovered by other objects and are allowed to dry flat, they do not pose the risk of spontaneous combustion. For extra caution, Tom likes to soak them in water and then allow them to dry flat. The buckets and empty paint can he showed in the segment can both be found at home centers.

How to Flatten a Textured Ceiling

Mauro smooths over a textured ceiling using joint compound.

Where to find it?

While scraping a textured ceiling is a common tactic to achieve a flat ceiling, Mauro suggests that in some cases, it’s a lot easier to smooth over the texture with joint compound than to scrape it off.

While a step ladder works fine for this project, Mauro finds it’s much easier and also safer to use staging to reach the ceiling. This can be rented from home centers.

Mauro used Sheetrock Easy Sand 45 joint compound, which is manufactured by USG. Mauro thinks this product works well in this application because it dries in a reasonable amount of time, while still giving you a little flexibility to really work with it and apply it smoothly to the ceiling.

The other tools Mauro used for the job, including the drill with the mixing bit, taping knife, hawk, and drop cloths can all be found at home centers.

Expert assistance with this segment was provided by Mauro’s Painting.

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Original Air Date: April 25, 2019 Season 17; Ep.20 23:43


Products and Services from this episode

C-21 All Acrylic Cement Modifier Admix to Repoint a Fieldstone Foundation
Manufacturer: Silpro

How to Plan for Spring Bulbs
Expert assistance: Nawada Landscape Design

How to Repoint and Prevent Further Damage to a Fieldstone Foundation
Expert assistance: MJM Masonry

Sheetrock Easy Sand 45 Joint Compound Used to Flatten a Textured Ceiling
Manufacturer: USG Corporation Expert assistance: Mauro's Painting

Type N Mortar to Repoint a Fieldstone Foundation
Manufacturer: Quikrete