Masonry How To & DIY
Improve the value of your home by discovering our masonry step-by-step tips & ideas.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough explains the purposes and uses for different types of trowels.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough replaces a common terra cotta hearth with slate tile.
Creating a durable outdoor staircase with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook
Escape the rock and the hard place with our most-watched YouTube video of all time
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough tests out different tools that collect silica dust more efficiently
We rounded up our best retaining wall ideas so you can plan your DIY landscaping project.
Cutting granite for kitchen countertops whether indoors or outdoors—is a DIY-able job. But there are some caveats to consider before getting started.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough visits Milwaukee to teach a homeowner how to repoint brick
This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook explains masonry materials and then shows how to pour a concrete slab
Choose the best materials, location, and method and improve the look of your landscape
This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook demonstrates how to get the right-shaped stones for hardscaping projects using a variety of tools.
This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook upgrades an old brick with bluestone slabs
Versatile, affordable, easy to work with—concrete can be a DIYers best friend. From maintenance and repair to decorative elements, here are a few projects that anyone can do, quickly and confidently, with a bag of concrete and a bit of creativity.
Roger Cook, landscape contractor, visits a stone yard that makes prefabricated stone walls at their facility before installing them on-site.
Fixing a fractured foundation with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva
This Old House general contractor Tom Silva rebuilds a corroded, unsafe railing.
Trowel concrete resurfacer over your worn walkway, and you'll have a brand new, durable surface with uniform color. Before you get started, check out this how-to video on working with concrete.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough explains how to match mortar for repointing jobs
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough helps an expecting couple install a concrete paver patio.
Mark McCullough and Jenn Nawada work together to reface an ugly concrete wall with a thin stone veneer to better match the rest of the patio that surrounds it.
Concrete projects can be tough work. While there isn’t much you can do about the labor, you can lighten the load on your wallet by making your own concrete mix. The process is simple, and you can tailor your mix for perfect results.
Stack cast-concrete blocks in a tiered pattern to give your curb appeal a hefty boost
In this video, This Old House Mason Mark McCullough helps a homeowner redo his brick walkway that was originally a rush job. He explains that walkways need a sturdy, consistent base so it is not a project to be rushed.
If you’re a DIYer of almost any level, chances are you’ll need to know how to drill into concrete or masonry at some point. Whether you’re mounting shelves on a cinder block garage wall, installing a window box on brick veneer or stucco, or mounting outdoor lighting onto stone, you’ll have to know how to drill into concrete.
Repointing is a simple job, but it has to be done with care, using the right tools and the right materials.
A freestanding mortared fieldstone wall blends strength with the natural look of a dry stack.
In this how-to video, learn to create a beautiful natural-stone walkway with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook.