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  • Rebuilding a Chimney Top

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

  • Barrett Diamond Products Tilebit-Pro System

    Few things are more frustrating than trying to drill through porcelain tile with conventional glass or masonry drill bits

  • Fireplaces in Tight Houses

    Q: I build custom homes in a northern (heating) climate. My clients want tight, well-insulated homes - we use cellulose and often spray foam - but many also want a wood-burning fireplace. Is it possible to have a traditional hearth in a modern, tightly insulated home?

  • Modified vs. Unmodified Mortar With Kerdi Membranes

    Q: When installing stone tiles over Schluter's Kerdi waterproofing membrane, is it okay to use modified thinset mortar? I know that Schluter recommends unmodified thinset mortar, but my supplier suggests that the large and heavy tiles will be easier to install with a polymer-modified no-sag mortar.

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    Paints & coatings; builders' hardware

  • Replacing Windows in Brick-Veneer Homes

    Tall-Wall Studs ~ Breathable Roofs~ Paperless Drywall ~ Screws for Composite Decking

  • Keeping an Eye on Chimneys

    Though it's but a single element, a chimney can do much to enhance a house's overall design. In its materials and form — how it rises and terminates — a successful chimney respects the context of the surrounding home.

  • Do Brick-Veneer Weeps Need Screens?

    Q: hen installing weep holes in brick veneer, should I worry about insects or mice getting in through the openings? I've seen advertisements for manufactured weep-hole covers, which seem like a good idea if this is actually a problem, but a waste of time

  • Waterproofing Under a Stone Countertop

    Q: Is it okay to use Schluter's Kerdi material as a waterproofing membrane beneath a stone countertop? Because it's flexible, I plan to use it to cover the plywood substrate on top of the cabinets, and then turn it up the wall a few inches so that I can w

  • Supporting Brick Veneer On Wood Framing

    When you can't support brick veneer on a masonry foundation, code allows you to use steel angles bolted to the framing - with strict limitations.