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Masonry How To & DIY

Improve the value of your home by discovering our masonry step-by-step tips & ideas.

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How to Make Stone Cuts with a Power Saw Look Natural

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.

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How to Cover a Concrete Wall with Stone Veneer

Dressing up a block wall with stone-veneer panels, with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook

How to Repair Mortar in a Brick Wall

Repointing is a simple job, but it has to be done with care, using the right tools and the right materials.

How to Build a Stone Wall

A freestanding mortared fieldstone wall blends strength with the natural look of a dry stack.

How to Lay a Brick Path

Turn a swath of dirt into an elegant brick walkway in just one weekend.

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How to Lay a Flagstone Walkway

In this how-to video, learn to create a beautiful natural-stone walkway with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook.

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How to Make a Pebble Mosaic

Turn smooth, flat stones into a whimsical outdoor accent of your own design.

How to Fix Cracks in Concrete

We discuss how to fill and seal cracked concrete walls for a simple, permanent repair.

Fiber-Cement Siding: Everything You Need to Know

We investigate fiber-cement siding’s cost, installation, how long it lasts and what it’s made of.

How to Choose a Masonry Trowel

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough explains the purposes and uses for different types of trowels.

How To Break Up and Remove Concrete

Read these approaches to breaking up and disposing of concrete.

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How to Restore a Historic Fireplace

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough delicately restores a damaged historic fireplace that is built with custom, nearly irreplaceable bricks

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How to Repoint and Prevent Further Damage to a Fieldstone Foundation

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

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Comparing Masonry Jointers

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough explains the uses for different types of masonry jointers

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Generation Next | How to Reface a Fireplace with Granite

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough teaches apprentice Krysten how to reface a granite fireplace

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How to Waterproof Concrete Brick

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough explains and demonstrates the benefits of waterproofing concrete brick

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How to Clean Brick with Acid

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough demonstrates how to clean soot out of brick using acid

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How to Clad a Wall in Stone

Use cast-concrete stone-veneer panels and masonry screws to dress up a plain wall

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How to Build a Flagstone Walkway

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to rescue an old stone walkway

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How to Lay a Brick Paver Walkway

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to lay a beautiful and long-lasting pathway

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How to Choose Materials for a Stone Wall

Discovering the wide world of stones with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook

All About Stone Veneer

Thanks to lightweight veneers, it gets easier by the day to dress up a room or the whole darn house

How to Lay a Stepping-Stone Path

A pathway made of stone pavers is a great way to save your lawn from being trampled and compacted by foot traffic

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How to Clad Concrete Steps in Stone

Overhaul your boring concrete porch with bluestone and natural-stone veneers

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How to Set Stone Slabs

In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to make beautiful, long-lasting steps from giant stone slabs

How to Repair Stone Walkway Mortar

Fixing up the cracks between paving stones keeps a walkway beautiful and safe

8 Great Patterns for a Pebble Mosaic

Swirls, clovers, and starbursts turn ordinary stones into a landscape focal point

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How to Lay the Base for a Brick Path

This Old House landscaping contractor Roger Cook shows how to prep the ground for a beautiful brick walkway

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How to Lift a Sinking Concrete Slab

An uplifting way to rescue a sunken walkway with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook

All About Concrete Pavers

When it's time for a new driveway or poolside patio, this easy-to-install option is tough, cost-effective, and surprisingly handsome. The TOH experts show you how to choose well for your next project

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How to Build a Sitting Wall

Make a patio or garden border that does double duty as extra backyard seating

Laying Down a Stone Path

Turn a muddy narrow side yard into an inviting passageway