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Inspecting a Chimney Video: Inspecting a Chimney

An expert mason walks you through his diagnosis of a failing chimney 

Rebuilding a Brick Chimney
Rebuilding a Brick ChimneyOnline Membership Required

Temporary repairs are the common solution to a failing chimney, but often, a better choice is tearing down and rebuilding

What's the Difference: Tile backerboardOnline Membership Required

HardieBacker, Durock, and DensShield each has characteristics that affect where it can be installed and how tile is placed on it

Tailgate gravel shield
Tip: Tailgate gravel shield

Removing Stains in Concrete
Removing Stains in Concrete

Small stains in concrete countertops and walls can be removed using this simple technique from Fu-Tung Cheng's book, Concrete at Home.

Q & A: Repairing a firebox

Q & A: Preventing fence-post rot

Q & A: Repointing flagstone

Q & A: Mortar for repointing bricks

Site-made grout saw
Tip: Site-made grout saw

A Builder's Guide to Avoiding Skin ProblemsOnline Membership Required

From cracked fingertips and contact allergies to cement burns and skin cancer, the prevention is better than the cure

Shingle lifter
Tip: Shingle lifter

Filling a cavity under a slab
Tip: Filling a cavity under a slab

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