Quick Column Summary: Brick walls leak in heavy rain Can I drill weep holes into brick Do not drill bricks Coat bricks to stop water infiltration Sara, who lives in Elgin, IL, has an issue that plagues hundreds of thousands of homeowners. Let her tell you all about the water that runs down her basement […]
Dan Ritchey, from Malta, Montana, asked: "Do you have to use metal lathe and thinset on stone veneer or can you apply a scratch coat on cement board then install the stone veneers?" Great question Dan! I always approach these from the manufacturer's standpoint. The first thing you need to do is read the WRITTEN […]
Maurizio Magnani was perplexed after visiting a public park in Duarte, CA. Here's what he wrote me: "I would like to build a river rocks assembly I saw at a nearby park. See the photo below. The rocks are bonded together by some kind of bonding material which is placed in the back of the […]
DEAR TIM: I was at a spring home show and saw a few displays that featured beautiful stone. When I asked about what type of stone it was, the man said it was colored and textured concrete. I wasn’t prepared for that answer! Are these products durable and DIY friendly? This stone would be a […]
Cordless hammer drills are capable of drilling holes into solid granite quickly and easily. No need to use sledge hammers and star bits. If your project calls for a full day of drilling, you may want to get a corded drill and a portable power generator.
Building a dry-laid arched stone bridge is possible, but you must cut the stones just right. A tight fit is required to keep the stones from moving. It might be easier to use a little cement mortar. The use of mortar allows you to not worry about how tightly the stones must fit
Creating a stone walkway with a sand base, may not provide the long lasting results you want. If you use a combination of damp sand and Portland cement as a base for your stone walk, your walkway or patio will look great for years.
If a precast concrete paver patio is in your future, here are some tips for patio pavers. Concrete paver stones interlock so they don't move around after you have completed your patio. These are DIY friendly and if your patio is a small one, you can be sitting on your new patio in hours.