MyMason's Case Studies
Chimneys and Brickwork Case Studies
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 Garage Pillar Repair
Window's Lintel Installation
Brick Sill Creates Wall Damage
Brick-to-Stone Window Sill Replacement
Brick Retaining Wall Rebuild
Concrete Case Studies
Broken Concrete Step
Basement Window, Concrete cut-out
Concrete Walkway, Landing
Concrete Stairs and Landing
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
New Interlocking Stone Walkway
Re-setting Interlocking Walkway
Algonquin College/MyMason Case Studies
Cold Weather Masonry Rules
Salt and Concrete Testing
Concrete Curing Stress Tests
Concrete and Rebar Stress Tests
Parging Case Studies
Parging, Cement Board
Parging Examples & Techniques
Fireplace Case Studies
Fireplace Surround - Old Wood to New Wood Insert
Fireplace Fire Brick Replacement
Fireplace Surround - Natural Stone
Electric, Natural Stone Fireplace
Fireplace Hearth Replacement
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
Case Study - Basement Window, Concrete Cutting
Before and After
Cut a level hole for the window
Install a supported Lintel.
Marking out the cut.
A self-levelling laser matched the window height with other windows.
Pilot holes were drilled in the corners.
All of this was done under Permit.
Excavated to the weeping tile's gravel bed.
A vertical drain pipe will sit above the weeping tile.
The fill around the vertical pipe includes a layer of gravel, and a thick landscaping cloth.
Cutting the hole
Lined up with pilot holes and double-checked, the hole's sides are cut out.
A wet saw is used. and when working from the inside, a basin made of tarps keeps the watery sludge contained, which is simply wet-vac'ed away.
If the cuts can extend past the edge of the window space, then a larger coring saw can cut the block out in a single piece.
Sometimes a larger coring tool can not be used.
Window Space Open, Parged
A steel lintel is installed flush with the outside wall across the top of the window, scewed in, reaching four inches beyond each side.
The sides are parged with a little more than needed.
When the cement is almost set it is sanded down to ensure a good fit with the window.
The window is set with 4" masonry screws, pre-drilled, and caulked.