Mason Mark McCullough explains why homeowners are afraid of trying their hands at masonry projects and why he thinks they can handle it. Mark explains the most common fears and misconceptions about masonry and a helpful outlook on overcoming them.
5 Tips from a Professional Mason
1. Most Homeowners and DIYers Get Nervous When It Comes to Masonry
Mark knows that most homeowners and DIYers get a little nervous around masonry. The materials are heavy; once the project sets up and cures, it’s there forever. This makes them feel like masonry is less approachable than other trades like carpentry or electrical work, but Mark believes this is a misconception.
2. “Don’t Be Afraid!”
One of Mark’s most repeated phrases is “Don’t be afraid to,” followed by a technique or direction for the homeowner. He uses this phrase deliberately, as he truly means they shouldn’t be afraid. He wants them to try new techniques and tools, use a bit more material or strength, and get used to how masonry materials react.
3. It’s All About Getting Dirty
The average person isn’t used to getting dirty, and masonry is one dirty trade. They typically pay someone to get dirty for them, but once they get past the apprehension, they can tackle these projects themselves.
4. The Tools Aren’t As Scary As They Seem
Most homeowners have to deal with intimidation when using new tools they’ve never tried before. The different types of trowels and jointers are very specific to masonry, so most folks don’t have any experience with them. The same applies to a compactor, which looks intimidating but is quite accessible for the average person.
5. It Takes the Right Mindset
These tools, techniques, and tasks can get much easier when you have the right mindset. Once you accept that you’ll get dirty, lift heavy objects, and try new tools, but also recognize that there will be self-satisfaction at the end of the job, these masonry projects aren’t nearly as scary. All it takes is the right mindset.