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 MyMason's Case Studies

 Fireplace Case Studies

    Nakkertok Fireplace Surrounds

    Fireplace Surround - Old Wood to New Wood Insert

    Fireplace Surround - Old Wood to New Wood Insert

    Fireplace Fire Brick Replacement

    Fireplace Surround - Natural Stone

    Electric, Natural Stone Fireplace

    Fireplace Hearth Replacement

    Stone Fireplace

    Cultured Stone Fireplace & New Framing

    Cultured Stone Fireplace Surround

    TV Mounted on Stone Fireplace

    Restructuring Fireplace: Wood to Gas

    Drywall to Stone Fireplace

    3-sided fireplace: Cultured Stone

    Fireplace Removal, Damper Removal

 
 Chimneys and Brickwork Case Studies

    Chimney Repair

    Chimney Repair, Articulated Boom

    Custom Scaffold, Chimney Repair

    Lower-Chimney's Removal, Wall Restructuring

    Chimney Flue Replacement

    Concrete Chimney Cap as per Building Code

    Chimney - Sloped Side, Repair

    Chimney - Wobbly Chimney

    Brick Pillar

    Brick Garage Pillar Repair

    Window's Lintel Installation

    Brick Sill Creates Wall Damage

    Brick-to-Stone Window Sill Replacement

    Brick Retaining Wall Rebuild

 
 Stone Work Case Studies

    Stone Wall Rebuild

    Granite Resurfacing of Concrete Stairs

    Stone Step Rebuild

    Stone Stair Rebuild - in Winter

    Stone replaces Brick Door Sill

    Stone Retaining Wall Rebuild

    Dry-Stack Retaining Wall Rebuild

    Dry-Stack Stone Retaining Wall

    Flagstone Patio Rebuild, Expansion

    FlagStone Step Repair

    Stone Replacement

    New Interlocking Stone Walkway

    Re-setting Interlocking Walkway

    Tile Installation

 
 Algonquin College/MyMason Case Studies

    Cold Weather Masonry Rules

    3 New Cases Studies in 2015

    Salt and Concrete Testing

    Concrete Curing Stress Tests

    Concrete and Rebar Stress Tests

 
 Parging Case Studies

    Parging, Cement Board

    Parging Examples & Techniques

 
 Concrete Case Studies

    Broken Concrete Step

    Basement Window, Concrete Cut

    Basement Window, Concrete cut-out

    Concrete Walkway, Landing

    Concrete Stairs and Landing

    Concrete Stairs and Landing

    Concrete Countertop

 

 

 

    Lower-Chimney's Removal, Wall Restructuring

 
        Before and After

   

 
The Assignment:
    Remove lower part of chimney
    Rebuild interior wall, insulate.
    Create opening for window.
    Make flat wall of bricks.

 
The First Rows Removed
Below the soffit, the bricks are removed.
The chimney above was removed earlier.
he roofers covered over the opening, no more chimney!

 

 
The Interior is Solid
The inside of a chimney stack, aside from the flues, is solid.

 

 
Brick Removal, Near Done
You can see the vapour barrier and drywall.
The chimney and fireplace on the other side of this wall were removed earlier.

 

Concrete Footing
The raised concrete footing is in the way of the planned row of bricks.

Concrete Footing Removed
We've cut and chiseled to remove the footing.


Rain
Clamps holding boards along each side keep the tarp tightly held against the wall.

Framed
We're building the wall from the inside out.
We're framing a hole for a new window.
The drywall and vapour barrier are already in place.
We've used the red Tuct Tape to seal tiny holes and edges.
Spray Foam Seals the Bottom
The drywall and vapour barrier are normally sealed to the framing.

So we used a spray foam to tightly close any gap and seal the seam.

Insulated
Using Roxul, we fill the spaces snugly.
Plywood Sheeting
We've covered the insulation with a standard sheet of 1/2" plywood.

Building Wrap Applied
Covering the plywood is a water-proof, re-inforced, building wrap: Typar.
Building a New Wall
Using the original bricks, we begin to rebuild.

Nearly Ready for Lintel
The bricks rise beside the window, soon to span it with a lintel.
Brickwork Completed
The lintel is now installed above the window, with several rows of bricks.

The window hole is protected with plywood covered with the plastic you can see.
The window will be installed later.

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