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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

 

 

 

    Case Study: Free-standing Concrete Stairway

 
        Before and After

   

 
    The Assignment:
        Remove the badly cracked concrete stairs.
        Build a new stairs, protect the surroundings.

 

 
Removing the Iron Railing.
We've protected the new grass and new walkway with plywood.
The first of the two railings is now removed.

 
Concrete Removal
Here we've cut the concrete for a cleaner removal.
Bad cracks were evident on both sides.

 
Removing the Old
We removed old concrete, jackhammering down.

 
Formed
We added additional supports to hold the railings.
Here you can see the new grass and walkway were protected.

 

 

Pouring Concrete
Shovelling concrete into position.

A magnesium float is then used to prepare the surface.
A wood float is used next for a smooth surface.
An 'edging tool' rounds the edges, making them less likely to chip.

Rebar
The concrete has fibre-strands throughout, adding great strength.
There is steel mesh at the bottom, rebar set into stairs.
The rebar is pressed in at least two inches deep.
Curing
Here you can see the edging, the parged sides, gentle slopes, brushed steps.
Done!
A strong set of new stairs, of even height, built to last.
Without damaging the grass or walkway.

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