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Masonry Installation

Read through step-by-step tutorials to help you prepare for any installation pertaining to your masonry.

All About Brick Pavers

Durable and low maintenance with timeless good looks, these clay blocks may be a smart choice for your next hardscaping project.

Laying Down a Stone Path

Turn a muddy narrow side yard into an inviting passageway

Mark McCullough holding a pipe to build a dry well

How to Build a Simple Dry Well

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough installs a dry well for a homeowner with drainage issues in his backyard.

How to Build a Stone Wall

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


How to Build a Retaining Wall

In this how-to video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook uses manufactured block to create an attractive retaining wall.

How to Lay a Brick Path

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

Setting Stepping Stones

Create a sturdy, no-wobble garden path.

How to Install Shutters on a Brick House

Use masonry anchors to attach working window coverings to a plain brick facade—and add some period charm, to boot

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 Clad a Wall in Stone

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

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


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