October 12, 2009
This short handled morter hoe from Bon Tool Co. has rounded corners allow clean scraping from the corners of a wheelbarrow or mortar pan and the length of the handle is just right for use without having to "choke up"
February 5, 2009
Brendan Mostecki shares his techniques for adding a masonry keystone detail to a window
May 14, 2008
Short handle mortar hoe
November 6, 2007
Fake rocks can look pretty good if you know what you’re doing
September 1, 2002
During years of finishing concrete in Alaska, Michigan and Wisconsin, I’ve noticed a universal bad habit among concrete finishers: using trowels with edges that are chipped, jagged and razor sharp.…
September 1, 1997
Here's a simple way to make a neat job of the coving at the joint between a block wall and its footing. As shown in the drawing, I use a…
Get evenly spaced courses and consistent mortar joints by using the proper layout, mortar consistency and troweling techniques
September 1, 1993
I worked on a commercial job last year where we had to build an office that included a 42-in. tall, 5-ft. long wing wall. The wall was built out of…
March 1, 1993
I've been cussing my spray-stucco hopper for years because it has to be propped up or set in a bucket every time I put it down for a refill or…
July 1, 1991
Running a vibratory compactor is a boring job, but it must be done before pouring a concrete slab. The last time I was faced with a day behind the bouncing…
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