Masonry How To & DIY
Improve the value of your home by discovering our masonry step-by-step tips & ideas.
Mason Mark McCullough helps a family farm install their antique street sign on an original granite post.
This Old House mason Mark McCullough shows host Kevin O’Connor how to turn two pieces of stone into a beautiful rustic birdbath.
House One editor and DIY Expert Jenn Largesse walks us through the process of building a retaining wall in her backyard.
It’s hard not to love the look of exposed brick, but not everyone is lucky enough to have it in their home. Don’t worry; you can mimic the look with these tips.
Brick is incredibly durable and can last a very long time, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with the same old look for eternity. You can stain your brick surfaces for a new, fresh look, and we’ll show you how.
Brick is an incredibly durable and long-lasting material. But if you need to hang a picture or mount a shelf to a brick wall, the usual methods can make the job seem impossible.
Ask This Old House Mason Mark McCullough explains how stone edges are cut to fit into a wall and how to integrate those cuts seamlessly with the rest of the stone wall.
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.
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.
Cutting granite for kitchen countertops whether indoors or outdoors—is a DIY-able job. But there are some caveats to consider before getting started.
Roger Cook, landscape contractor, visits a stone yard that makes prefabricated stone walls at their facility before installing them on-site.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough helps an expecting couple install a concrete paver patio.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough demonstrates various techniques for cutting stone with hand tools.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough replaces a common terra cotta hearth with slate tile.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough explains the purposes and uses for different types of trowels.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough explains the history and function of Colonial-era beehive ovens and then restores one in a house built in 1750.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough delicately restores a damaged historic fireplace that is built with custom, nearly irreplaceable bricks.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough repoints a crumbling fieldstone foundation and shares an important lesson about water management on the outside of the house
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough explains the uses for different types of masonry jointers
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough demonstrates a way to whitewash brick with masonry materials
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough teaches apprentice Krysten how to reface a granite fireplace.
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough explains how to match mortar for repointing jobs
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough explains and demonstrates the benefits of waterproofing concrete brick
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough tests out different tools that collect silica dust more efficiently
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough demonstrates how to clean soot out of brick using acid
Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough visits Milwaukee to teach a homeowner how to repoint brick
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.