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 MyMason's Case Studies

 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

 
 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

 
 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

    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

    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
 

 

    Case Study: Fireplace Surround - Natural Stone

 
        Before and After

   

 
    The Assignment:
        Restructure the wall, extending it to the ceiling.
        Remove the brick surround, adapt the firebox opening.
        Install the real stone surround.
        Remove the hearth tiles, replace with granite.

 
Before Starting
The floor is protected with a plastic/foam underlay and a canvas drop sheet.
Plastic is draped over furniture, and doorways and vents sealed with plastic.

 
Opening the wall
Two layers of wallboard are found: drywall, and plaster and lath.
A wet-dry vac with a HEPA filter is used to clean up.

 
Removing the brick surround
We pulled the brick and some non-firebrick in the hearth.
Firebrick and high-temperature cement was used to restructure the hearth opening.

 

Updating the wall
We found old fibreglass insulation and removed it.
We added a vapour barrier and ROXUL, fire-resistant insulation.
Framing the new wall
The new fireplace rises to the ceiling, with new framing.
Blocking was added to the existing wall to add screw-in points.
Installing cement board
Cement board, with concrete screws, was attached to the framing.
Cutting stone
Protection is required from the stone dust.
All the cutting is done outside to keep the home clean.
Installing the natural stone
This stone is made by the manufacturer, Real Stone.
Panels of the stone are adhered with adhesive to the cement board.
Each panel, except corners, measures a square foot. Cuts are required.
Each row requires cuts
Before building, we double-checked the floor's supports. All good.
Stone installed
The fireplace's stones are now installed, with braces holding a final row.
Final steps
Here we removed the hearth's terra cotta tiles.
The walls have been primed and are being repainted.
Completed
A premium, black, granite hearth stone is now installed.
The brass grill has been painted black with high temperature paint.

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