Category Archives: MASONRY & STONEWORK

How to Patch Small Areas

  Remove loose material from the repair area using a wire brush. Use the brush to clean away rust from any exposed metal lath, and then apply a coat of metal primer to the lath. Apply premixed stucco patch compound to the repair area, slightly overfilling the hole using a putty knife or trowel. Smooth

Repairing Stucco

A lthough stucco siding is very durable, it can be damaged and over time it can crumble or crack. The directions given below work well for patching small areas less than two square feet. For more extensive damage, the repair is done in layers, as shown on the opposite page. Fill thin cracks in stucco

How to Repoint Mortar Joints

  Carefully rake out cracked and crumbling mortar, stopping when you reach solid mortar. Remove loose mortar and debris with a stiff-bristle brush. Tip: Rake the joints with a chisel and maul or make your own raking tool by placing an old screwdriver in a vice and bending the shaft about 45°. Mix Type M

| Tips for Repairing Mortared Stone Walls

  Tint mortar for repair work so it blends with the existing mortar. Mix several samples of mortar, adding a different amount of tint to each and allow them to dry thoroughly. Compare each sample to the old mortar and choose the closest match. Use a mortar bag to restore weathered and damaged mortar joints

  | Repairing Stonework

D Amage to stonework is typically caused by frost heave, erosion or deterioration of mortar, or by stones that have worked out of place. Diy-stone walls are more susceptible to erosion and popping while mortared walls develop cracks that admit water, which can freeze and cause further damage. Inspect stone structures once a year for

I Repairing & Replacing Chimney Caps

CHimney caps undergo stress because the temperatures of the cap and chimney flue fluctuate dramatically. Use fire-rated silicone caulk to patch minor cracks. For more extensive repairs, reapply fresh mortar over the cap, or replace the old cap for a permanent solution. Tools & Materials ► Floating chimney cap (shown cutaway, with form in place

How to Replace a Damaged Brick

  Score the damaged brick so it will break apart more easily for removal. Use a drill with a masonry-cutting disc to score lines along the surface of the brick and in the mortar joints surrounding the brick. Use a mason’s chisel and hammer to break apart the damaged brick along the scored lines. Rap

| Brick Repairs

T He most common brick wall repair is tuck-pointing, which is the process of replacing failed mortar joints with fresh mortar. Tuck-pointing is a highly useful repair skill for any homeowner to possess. It can be used to repair walls, chimneys, brick veneer, or any other structure where the bricks or blocks are bonded with

How to Repair Shaped Concrete

Scrape all loose material and debris from the damaged area, and then wipe down with water. Mix quick-setting cement and trowel it into the area. Work quickly—you only have a few minutes before concrete sets up. Use the trowel or a putty knife to mold the concrete to follow the form of the object being

Miscellaneous Concrete Repairs

T Here are plenty of concrete problems you may encounter around your house that are not specifically addressed in many repair manuals. These miscellaneous repairs include such tasks as patching contoured objects that have been damaged and repairing masonry veneer around the foundation of your house. You can adapt basic techniques to make just about