In this fireplace rebuild we needed to support a very old two-ton chimney while removing the main floor’s fireplace and the basement’s footing, then rebuild the basement structure and main floor fireplace properly to pass an insurance inspection with a new wood burning fireplace insert. All the other contractors declined Read More
For this fireplace the original architect, quite well known but young, proposed hanging the approximately 8,000 pounds of stone from 2×4’s from the ceiling over this three sided fireplace. On my advice an Engineer was brought in, who requested the basement be reinforced and a steel structure be built to Read More
Masonry is a science, it’s an art, and it’s done with muscle memory. When I met a group of Chinese masons on the Great Wall of China I couldn’t speak Chinese with them but I could pick up one of their trowels and pointing tools and demonstrate a comfortable dexterity Read More
Here’s my thinking on deposits, maybe you agree. You want someone who’s been in business a while, who is experienced, and who is serious about being in the business. Who has Working Capital and who can afford to do the job, and then get paid.
Window sills are a place where water often gets in, and can cause damage not only to the exterior wall but even the interior walls. Why? Usually there are a variety of materials competing at this part of the house, each with a different rate of thermal expansion and contraction. Read More
Weeping holes are generally found in the bottom row of bricks around your home, usually every third brick. Some inexperienced masons fill them in, thinking they’ve found another hole, when they’ve been asked to repair other holes. Weeping holes provide a run-off point for moisture that condenses behind the brick Read More
Metal chimney caps have become ever more common. They sit atop a chimney with the flues for the fireplace or furnace sticking out, and they provide a useful function. They keep water from getting into the core of the chimney, and with their two inch minimum overhang they direct water Read More
If you have brickwork then you will probably need to have some of the joints fixed at some point. I’ve visited sites where repairs made by other masons have proved to be a thin layer of cement spread across cracked or damaged joints. It’s a fast, easy fix, and should Read More