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Masonry

Learn more about masonry projects— big and small.

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How to Cut Stone with Hand Tools

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough demonstrates various techniques for cutting stone with hand tools.

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How Mount Rushmore was Created

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough learns about how Mount Rushmore was built.

How to Choose a Masonry Trowel

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough explains the purposes and uses for different types of trowels.

The Basics of Masonry

Stone, brick, mortar, and concrete are the materials of the mason’s trade. The most basic of these materials is stone, which can be laid as walkways and as walls without the use of mortar. Here’s what you need to know about masonry projects.

How To Break Up and Remove Concrete

Read these approaches to breaking up and disposing of concrete.

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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 Restore a Historic Fireplace

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough delicately restores a damaged historic fireplace that is built with custom, nearly irreplaceable bricks

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How to Repoint and Prevent Further Damage to a Fieldstone Foundation

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough repoints a crumbling fieldstone foundation and shares an important lesson about water management on the outside of the house

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Comparing Masonry Jointers

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough explains the uses for different types of masonry jointers

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How to Repair a Cracked Stucco Retaining Wall

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough travels to San Diego to repair a crack in a concrete retaining wall with a stucco finish

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How to Color Stain Concrete

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough demonstrates how to dress up concrete by using a stain

How to Replace a Concrete Walkway

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough replaces a concrete walkway with brick pavers.

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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

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How to Waterproof Concrete Brick

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough explains and demonstrates the benefits of waterproofing concrete brick

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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 Clean Brick with Acid

Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough demonstrates how to clean soot out of brick using acid

8 Concrete DIYs to Try

Versatile, affordable, easy to work with—concrete can be a DIYers best friend. From maintenance and repair to decorative elements, here are a few projects that anyone can do, quickly and confidently, with a bag of concrete and a bit of creativity.

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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

Bonus Uses for Masonry “Glue”

Mark McCullough has some solutions that don’t require mortar

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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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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 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.

What's Their Story? Facade Fragments

Learn the history behind shapely architectural ruins

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

4 Tips for Building Stone Walls in Your Yard

Choose the best materials, location, and method and improve the look of your landscape

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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

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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 Build a Flagstone Walkway

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to rescue an old stone walkway

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How to Build Steps with Landscape Timbers

Creating a durable outdoor staircase with This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook

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How to Lay a Brick Paver Walkway

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to lay a beautiful and long-lasting pathway

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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 Repair a Rusted Wrought Iron Railing

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