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  • Great import: Yin Yu Tang

    Should you ever find yourself in historic Salem, Mass., skip the wacko occult shops — okay, stock up on black candles or whatever — and head over to the Peabody Essex Museum for a walk-through tour of beautiful Yin Yu Tang, an estate built circa 1800 to 1825 in Southeastern China.

  • Installing a Wide Door In a Tall Brick Wall

    In this renovation, engineered steel braces support a solid brick wall from the outside without disturbing the interior.

  • 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.

  • Job Log: Adding a Walkout Basement

    Supporting this home's brick veneer while cutting through the concrete foundation required careful planning and good temporary support.

  • Exposed Aggregate Concrete

    A concrete contractor explains how he creates good-looking walks, drives, and patios by combining aggregate finish concrete with inlayed brick and stone.

  • Weep Holes in Brick Veneer

    Are weep holes in a typical wood-frame brick-veneer home required anywhere other than at the bottom? What about over and under windows?

  • Various Forming a Brick Shelf in a Concrete Foundation

    Q. I'm planning to form a simple 4-foot stem wall foundation for a single-story garage using plywood, snap ties, and walers. It needs to have a brick ledge for the top 10 to 12 inches, which will show above grade. What's a simple, effective way to do this

  • Building Stone Arches

    A veteran masonry contractor describes how he built a series of stone arches below a wood-framed terrace.

  • A Masonry Chimney in Six Hours

    No one likes waiting for the mason, but manufactured zero-clearance fireplaces aren't the only alternative. A Connecticut manufacturer describes his innovative precast chimney system

  • Q&A: Rebuilding Rotted Windows

    Q. As a handyman, one of the problems I see most often is rotted wood trim on windows and doors (for example, brick moldings, sills, and the bottoms of side jambs). Moldings are not usually a difficult fix, but repairing or replacing wood members that are integral to the window or door unit...