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Other stories by Mike DeBlasio

  • Rebuilding a Chimney Top

    Stainless anchors and pressure-injected grout form a strong bond with the original masonry.

  • Brick Staining

    Q. Some of the brickwork on a house I built has developed a white stain that resembles efflorescence but is limited to only two areas: a mailbox and a window. The gutter above the window overflows occasionally, but the water doesn't appear to actually fal

  • Working Off a Forklift

    Q: Is there any legal way to work off the forks of an all-terrain forklift - for instance, in a steel cage that's safely secured to and supported by the forks?

  • How to Dismantle a 400-Year-Old Fireplace

    There is currently a major expansion and remodeling program taking place at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

  • On the Job

    Retrofitting a Lally column; roof demo by crane; working wireless

  • Getting Pipe Staging Right

    A contractor who depends on frame scaffolding for daily production relates some basic rules for safe setup and use.

  • Building a Reinforced Concrete Block Wall

    A mason describes how he detailed a pair of large block walls to carry severe lateral loads.