Category Archives: MASONRY & STONEWORK

How to Patch a Corner

  Clean chipped concrete with a wire brush. Brush the patch area with latex bonding agent. Mix patching compound with latex bonding agent, as directed by the manufacturer. Apply the mixture to the patch area, and then smooth the surfaces and round the edges, as necessary, using a flexible knife or trowel. Tape scrap lumber

| Repairing Steps

S Teps require more maintenance and repair than other concrete structures around the house because heavy use makes them more susceptible to damage. Horizontal surfaces on steps can be treated using the same products and techniques used on other masonry surfaces. For vertical surfaces, use quick — setting cement, and shape it to fit. Tools

Renewing an Old Concrete Slab

O Ver time, exposed concrete surfaces can start to show a lot of wear. Weather, hard use, and problems with the initial pour and finishing are among the most common causes of surface blemishes. But despite a shabby appearance, old concrete is often structurally sound and can last for many more years. So instead of

I Quick Fixes for Wet Walls

F Ailing gutters, broken or leaking pipes, condensation, and seepage are the most common causes of basement moisture, [f allowed to persist, dampness can cause major damage to concrete basement walls. There are several effective ways to seal and protect the walls. If condensation is the source of the problem, check first that your clothes

How to Repair Vertical Cracks

  Prepare the crack for repair as with a horizontal crack (step 1, above) and then fill the crack with fast-setting repair mortar. The mixture should have a fairly dry consistency so it does not run out of the crack. Overfill the crack slightly and allow the repair material to set up. Shape or trim

How to Repair Horizontal Cracks

Prepare the crack for the repair materials by knocking away any loose or deteriorating material and beveling the edges down and outward with a cold chisel. Sweep or vacuum the debris and thoroughly dampen the repair area. Do not, however, allow any water to pool. Mix the repair product to fill the crack according to

| Patching Cracks

T He materials and methods you should use for repairing cracks in concrete depend on the location and size of the crack For small cracks (less than one half inch wide), you can use concrete repair caulk for a quick aesthetic fix. Sanded aciylic repair caulks do a good job of matching the color and

How to Patch a Small Hole

Cut out around the damaged area with a masonry-grinding disc mounted on a portable drill (or use a hammer and stone chisel). The cuts should bevel about 15° away from the center of the damaged area. Chisel out any loose concrete within the repair area. Always wear gloves and eye protection. Dampen the repair area

| Repairing Concrete

L Arge and small holes are treated differently when repairing concrete. The best product for filling in smaller holes (less than one half inch deep) is vinyl-reinforced concrete patcher. Reinforced repair products should be applied only in layers that are one quarter inch thick or less. For deeper holes, use sand — mix concrete with

Repair & Maintenance

Oncrete, brick, and stucco are among the world’s Most durable and low-maintenance building materials, but they may need occasional upkeep and repairs to look and perform their best. Because masonry is very rigid (and sometimes because neighboring elements like wood and soil are not), cracking is one of the most common forms of damage. However,