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Other stories by John Carroll

  • Block-Laying Basics

    Masonry techniques aren't hard to learn and can be valuable on small jobs

  • Glass-Block Shower Window

    A cast-in-place concrete sill sheds water outside and protects the framing on the inside

  • On the Job

    Roof-pitch jig; lumber-hanging trick; skyhooked

  • Building Brick Stairs

    A long-lasting set of masonry steps starts with a solid base and includes good drainage

  • On the Job

    Fast drawers; easy brick cleanup

  • Replacing a Leaking Chimney Cap

    Built with concrete rather than mortar and detailed to shed water, this chimney cap should outlast the chimney beneath it.

  • Preventing Chimney Cap Failure

    Chimney caps are too often poorly detailed and are the first part of the chimney to degrade. A mason explains how to build a durable cap.