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Masonry

Learn more about masonry projects— big and small.

How to Lay a Brick Path

Turn a swath of dirt into an elegant brick walkway in just one weekend.

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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.

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.

How to Fix Cracks in Concrete

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

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.

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.

Family Rock Hunting Activity | This Old House: Live

Our in-house rock enthusiast, Mason Mark McCullough, has the perfect activity for families while they are at home: go on a rock scavenger hunt! Download our printable guide and start rock hunting.

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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 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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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