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Sand and Brick Mortar - Big Differences DEAR TIM: I need to repair the mortar joints on my older brick home that was built in the late 1800s. I’ve seen some very horrible workmanship where the mortar doesn’t match at all and want to avoid this. Is there some sort of magic one employs to […]

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Brick Mortar DEAR TIM: I’m about to undertake a complex project. I’ve got an older brick home that’s over one hundred years old. There are places where the mortar needs attention. The bigger issue is a room addition we’ve got planned. Believe it or not, we located a brick that’s, for all intents and purposes, […]

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Install Handrail Into Brick - Easy with Epoxy & Studs You need moderate skills to install a handrail into brick and poured concrete. It's important to realize that you can't use regular expansion anchors in the brick as they very likely will fracture the brick if they're not solid. What Tools Are Required? You'll need […]

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This is not a normal column of mine. I’m sitting in my man cave writing this column several hours before I talk to Amanda on the phone. She lives in Oklahoma and her new home covered with artificial stone made from colored and textured concrete is leaking when it rains and the wind blows. These […]

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Stop Brick Leaks Question #1: Help me, Tim! When a blowing rain lashes my brick-veneer home, water streams down over the inside of my foundation in the basement. I thought brick was waterproof. What’s happening and is there a way to minimize, or eliminate, the water from entering my home? What could have been done […]

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 Ask the Builder Podcast 11 Highlights: Bruce's new blacktop drive needs support at one edge Jack's brick home leaks in driving rains Diane has crumbling concrete steps Tim shares a story about new ceramic tile bubbling up off a floor! NOTE: Transcript of this story below. Podcast Sponsor: Stain Solver - Certified Organic Oxygen Bleach […]

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   Colorize and Stain Mexican Tile - Use a Masonry Stain It's so very easy to colorize Mexican tile. You can also stain patio pavers or Mexican tile using a liquid translucent stain. Stain Patio Pavers Advice From Heaven The advice you get from some experts is not always the best. Many people seem […]

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Brick Wall Leaks Driving Rain TIPS All brick walls leak water Water must be captured and released back to the outside WATCH brick wall construction video below Silane / siloxane sealers can stop most leaks in existing walls CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: As result of Hurricane Irma, I […]

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Brick Mortar Repair Mix TIPS Use same mortar Romans used to build aqueducts Hydrated lime mortar with secret volcanic ash - SEE BELOW links WATCH tuck-pointing videos below Be careful of amount of water used to mix new mortar CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter DEAR TIM: It appears I wasted some […]

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