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Masonry Videos

These This Old House videos showcase all of our masonry projects, how-tos, and designs.

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How to Install Precast Concrete Steps

Mason Mark McCullough helps a homeowner remove his crumbling stone steps. Then, he tours a factory to learn how precast concrete steps are made and helps install a set at the homeowner’s house.

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How to Repoint Brick Using Only Hand Tools

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough visits Milwaukee to teach a homeowner how to repoint brick

S21 E2, Mark McCullough talks about brick patterns
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A Simple Guide to Brick Patterns

Mason Mark McCullough teaches host Kevin O’Connor about the different brick patterns homeowners can choose for their walls or walkways.

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How to Prevent Silica Dust when Drilling or Grinding

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough tests out different tools that collect silica dust more efficiently

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How to Restore a Colonial-Era Beehive Oven

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.

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How to Cut Stone for Natural Stone Walls

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook demonstrates how to get the right-shaped stones for hardscaping projects using a variety of tools.

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How to Install a Bluestone Landing on a Front Entry

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook upgrades an old brick with bluestone slabs

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How to Repair a Rusted Wrought Iron Railing

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva rebuilds a corroded, unsafe railing.

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Understanding Concrete, Cement, and Mortar

Ask This Old House host Kevin O'Connor explains the differences between three popular masonry materials

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How to Cut and Shape Stones

Escape the rock and the hard place with our most-watched YouTube video of all time

S20 E38, Mark McCullough discusses masonry finishes
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Masonry Finishes for Brick and Concrete

Mason Mark McCullough teaches us everything we need to know about sealing, protecting, and beautifying masonry surfaces.

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How to Whitewash Brick with Masonry Supplies

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough demonstrates a way to whitewash brick with masonry materials

Mason explaining to homeowner how to use mortar as a brick hole filler.
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How to Fill a Hole in a Brick Wall

We show you how to fill a hole in a brick wall with mortar, matching bricks, and tools you can rent.

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How to Work with Concrete

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook explains masonry materials and then shows how to pour a concrete slab

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How to Repair a Crack in a Concrete Foundation

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

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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

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.

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How to Repoint Brick Steps

Ask This Old House Mason Mark McCullough helps a homeowner identify the culprit behind her cracking, front brick steps, and then repoints them using the correct material.

S20 E13, Mark McCullough tells how he became a mason
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How Mark McCullough Became a Mason

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough tells us the story of how he got started in the trade he loves.

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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.

S20 E6, Mark McCullough visits a brickyard
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How Bricks Are Made

Ever wondered how exactly bricks are made? From ingredients to color, mason Mark McCullough explains how bricks are made and what makes them unique.

S5 E24, Tom Silva repoints a brick foundation
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How to Repoint a Brick Foundation

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

S10 E5, Tom Silva repoints a foundation
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How to Repoint a Stone Foundation

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

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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 Match Mortar

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough explains how to match mortar for repointing jobs

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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 Build a Stone Planter

Stack cast-concrete blocks in a tiered pattern to give your curb appeal a hefty boost

Installing a prefab stone wall
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How to Build a Prefab Stone Wall

Roger Cook, landscape contractor, visits a stone yard that makes prefabricated stone walls at their facility before installing them on-site.

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How to Make a Pebble Mosaic

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

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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

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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 Cover a Concrete Wall with Stone Veneer

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