Category Archives: MASONRY & STONEWORK

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N addition to the traditional tricks for improving your home’s curb appeal—landscaping, fresh paint, pretty windows—a tiled entry makes a wonderful, positive impression. To be suitable for tiling, stair treads must be deep enough to walk on safely. Check local building codes for specifics, but most require that treads be at least eleven inches deep

| Tips for Cutting Control Joints in a Concrete Patio

Control joint Cut new control joints into existing concrete patios that are in good condition but do not have enough control joints. Control joints allow inevitable cracking to occur in locations that don’t weaken the concrete or detract from its appearance. They should be cut every 5 or 6 ft. in a patio. Plan the

| Tiling a Concrete Slab

O Utdoor tile can be made of several different materials and is available in many colors and styles. A popular current trend is to use natural stone tiles with different shapes and complementary colors, as demonstrated in this project. Tile manufacturers may offer brochures giving you ideas for modular patterns that can be created from

| installing Brick Veneer Siding

Bricks are then fastened every fourth course thereafter. At outside corners, a specialty strip is fastened to 1 x 4 furring strips. Corner blocks for both outside and inside corners are secured with screwrs and construction adhesive. Before installing brick veneer siding, make sure all openings are properly sealed. For best results, use a self-adhesive

How to install Cast Veneer Stone

N interesting new siding product is now available that mimics the appearance and durability of classic brick, but that installs as easily as any other siding material. Mortarless brick veneer systems use stackable bricks to create an appealing faзade on wood, steel, or concrete structures. The high-strength concrete bricks are long-lasting—manufacturers offer warranties up to

| Variation: Cast Veneer Stone

Cast veneer stones are thin synthetic masonry units that are applied to building walls to imitate the appearance of natural stone veneer. They come in random shapes, sizes, and colors, but they are scaled to fit together neatly without looking unnaturally uniform. Outside corner stones and a sill block (used for capping half-wall installations) are

| Stone Veneer

Hether you use natural or manufactured veneer, wet each stone, and then apply mortar to the back before pressing it onto the mortared wall. Wetting and mortaring a stone (called buttering) results in maximum adhesion between the stone and the wall. The challenge is to arrange the stones so that large and small stones and

How to Finish Stucco

  Test the coloring of finish stucco by adding different proportions of colorant and mix. Let the samples dry to see their true finished color. For the application batches, be sure to use the same proportions when mixing each batch. Mix the finish batch so it contains slightly more water than the scratch and brown

How to Finish walls with Stucco

1 ‘ For a three-coat system, mix the stucco to a trowel-able consistency and apply it with a square trowel, working from the bottom up. Press the stucco into the lath, and then screed and smooth the surface for a uniform thickness. When the coat hardens enough to hold a finger impression, scratch ys"-deep horizontal

| Stucco Finish

Rized for its weather resistance, durability, and timeless beauty, stucco has long been one of the most popular exterior wall finishes. As a building material, stucco is essentially an exterior plaster made of Portland cement, sand, and water. Other ingredients may include lime, masonry cement, and various special additives for enhancing properties like crack resistance,