MyMason's Case Studies
Chimneys and Brickwork Case Studies
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 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
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
New Interlocking Stone Walkway
Re-setting Interlocking Walkway
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
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 - Basement Window, Concrete Cutting
Before and After
Enlarge two windows in 11" thick concrete walls.
Install new windows, parge and seal around them.
Inside Dust Barriers
Keeping the dust and engine fumes from entering the house.
These enclosure use 2 x 4s from floor to ceiling.
6 mil plastic reaches into the joists and is taped to the floor.
The enclosures are big enough for a person to work inside.
Window Well Excavated
Here one can see the excavated window well, later filled with gravel and a drainage pipe.
Old Wood Windows Removed
The old windows are removed.
You can see chalk lines below the window, showing the cut lines.
The pit below goes down to the weeping tile, and is filled with gravel.
The pit is opened 4 feet from the wall and is made slightly wider to give the concrete cutting tools room to operate.
Cutting the hole
Cutting the hole, following the lines, this is a thick foundation making it harder.
We also want to angle the sides of the openings, with straight cuts where the window sits.
Finishing the Edges
The corners need a little chiseling.
We've shimmed and trued the window, finding that the wall itself is slanted.
The windows are screwed into into the opening, using Tapcon screws.
We've secured the window, parged around it, and caulked on a sealant.
From the inside, the next step will be to apply a Spray Foam to help insulate and further secure the window.
Both Windows Done
The window wells will now need to be filled with more gravel, and window well shields will be placed in front of the windows..
A large amount of earth was excavated, and needs to be moved away.
This page last modified: October 5 2013