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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 Brick Replacement

 
        Before and After

   

 
    The Assignment:
        Remove a broken fireplace brick,
        The homeowner needs a W.E.T.T. certification.

    Possible Problems:
        Water may have leaked in, putting pressure on the brick.
        Damage to the face of the brick may have happened.

    !! Fireplace Maintenance:
        The National Fire Code and the Gas Code
        suggest flues be inspected annually and cleaned as necessary
        for both wood and gas fireplaces.

 
From Broken to Removed
The brick was weakened with a Hammerdrill, then chiselled out.
A HEPA filter dry-vac was used to keep dust down during the process.
Clean heavy canvas dropsheets were employed to create a work area around the fireplace.

 
New Brick Ready
Although these fireplace bricks look black, they are all beige inside.
The new brick will have special High Temperature cement to hold it.

 
Replaced
Cemented, jointed, done.

The homeowner could paint it with a black high-temp oven paint.

 


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