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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
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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.

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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.

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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

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 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