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    Chimney Repair

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    Chimney Flue Replacement

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    Chimney - Sloped Side, Repair

    Chimney - Wobbly Chimney

    Brick Pillar

    Brick Garage Pillar Repair

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    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

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    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

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    Stone Fireplace

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    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

   

 
The Assignment:
    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.
Window Installed
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.

Parged, Sealed
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.

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