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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: Brick Retaining Wall Repair

 
        Before and After

   

 
    The Assignment:
        Remove the broken bricks, improve the drainage.
        Remove the brick cap, replace with coloured concrete.

    The Underlying Problem:
        The bricks on top are not a solid cap, allowing water to enter.
        The drainage wasn't sufficient.

 
Removing the double-brick wall
With drop sheets to contain debris, and the earth moved away from the wall, approximately 500 bricks are removed.

The foundation of the wall is improved prior to setting the bricks.

 
The Inside-Wall
This wall's finished side, is earth-side.
We used S-type cement designed for use below grade or against soil.

We also laid a bed of gravel, installed a drainage tube, covered it in gravel and landscaping cloth.

 
The Outside-Wall
Using N type cement, with a light brown dye to match the house, the outside wall is rebuilt.

We also installed two extra water drainage vents through the doube-brick wall.

 
Formed Cap.
Reinforced with rebar, coloured darker than the joint cement.
A sloped top stops water from pooling on top, protecting the wall.
Drip edges are built into the cap to further prevent water damage.

 


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