MyMason's Case Studies

 Fireplace Case Studies

    Nakkertok Fireplace Surrounds

    Two-Ton Chimney Supported, Fireplace Rebuild

    Fireplace Surround - Wood Burning Insert Installed

    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: Fireplace Surround - Wood Burning Insert Installed

        Before and After


    The Assignment:
        Take off old fireplace veneer, remove drywall.
        Change insulation, install better vapour barrier.
        Build up firebox to hold new wood-burning insert.
        Build wall-to wall bench.
        Cover with cement board, set heavy wood mantle.
        Build stone surround, wall to wall, ceiling high.
        Minimize dust, protect wood floors.
        Pass City of Ottawa Building Inspection.


Before starting demolition, the floor is protected with impermeable nylon tarps,
heavy canvas drop sheets, and thick moving blankets are laid on top.
The room is sealed with plastic, and a wet/dry vac is used frequently.
Tools are set up in the garage, and the stone is delivered and put in the garage.

We begin to remove the drywall, two layers thick.
Old and inefficient insulation, poorly sealed, is exposed.


Old Surround Removal
The drywall is down, now we remove the old fireplace structure.
We need to raise the bottom of the hearth, and remove the damper blade.


Surround and Damper Blade Removed
We remove the damper blade, leaving the damper structure in place.

Firebox Floor Raised
To support the new wood burning insert the firebox floor needs to rise.
Firebrick are cemented together with high temperature cement.

Insulation, Vapour Barrier, Added Framing
We've installed the Roxul, and used sealant to seal the plastic vapour barrier.
You can see new framing to support the mantle and cement board is installed.
Bench Built, Insert Installed
Their electrician has re-routed wall plugs and provided power to the insert.

We've built the bench's framing and installed the insert.
The City of Ottawa building inspector reviewed and approved.

Installing cement board
Cement board, with concrete screws, was attached to the framing.
The bench is built up 3" with non-combustible cement board and stone.
The Arriscraft Stone & Brick Ties
We've installed the Balck Indian Limestone hearth stones on the bench.
A black towel in this pic covers the stone to protect them.

As we set the stones with cement we install brick ties to the cement board.
The cement board is very strong, a kind sold by Merkley Supplies, which is better for brick ties.

Lintel Installed
We paint it with high temperature mat black paint before final installation.
Lag Bolts for the Mantle
Set deep into the extra framing we installed, these will hold the mantle.
The mantle will sit on the 4 inch deep stones, and extend out 7 inches further.
Mantle Installed
The mantle is set with epoxy glue in the holes for the lag bolts.
Cutting Stones
All the stones are chiselled to the right size.
The beautiful quality of Arriscraft stones is
they look the same inside as they do outside
so they can be cut in any way.

Chiselled indoors, the sand bags underneath protect the floor.

The new wood burning insert with a traditional stone surround and bench.
Floors protected; dust minimized by a temporary plastic wall; all to code.
Another happy client!


This page last modified: January 16 2011