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Masonry Maintenance

Our masonry maintenance tips can help you keep your home cost efficient, safe & cozy.


How to Resurface Worn Concrete

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.


How to Repoint a Brick Foundation

Replacing crumbling, missing mortar with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva

How to Repair Stone Walkway Mortar

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


How to Repoint a Stone Foundation

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva saves a crumbling mortared-rock foundation wall

How to Repair Stucco

Read these steps for repairing cracked and buckled cement-plaster siding.

How to Fix Cracks in Concrete

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

How To Break Up and Remove Concrete

Read these approaches to breaking up and disposing of concrete.


How to Repair a Crack in a Concrete Foundation

Fixing a fractured foundation with This Old House general contractor Tom Silva

What to Know About Repointing Brick

Touching up like a pro means using the right mortar. Lime-based putties take longer to set but they won't break bricks.