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  • Resources

    Basic business guide, contract-writing help, construction drawing primer, engineering basics, electrical references

  • Resources

    K&B installation guide from NKBA, accessible building primer, masonry construction manual

  • Choosing Concrete Anchors

    There’s a concrete anchor for every task, from light-duty applications to heavy structural demands, but selecting the right one can be daunting. We pick through the pile of available fasteners and tell which ones should be used for your particular jobs.

  • Troubleshooting Common Chimney Problems

    Most chimney problems stem from a few root causes, such as improperly mixed mortar and poorly constructed crowns. Unfortunately, once done, the resulting damage can be expensive to repair. A chimney expert shows how to recognize and prevent

  • Caulking Joints in Masonry

    Where wood and metal meet masonry, a caulked joint is often the only way to keep the water out. Here’s how to ensure durable, waterproof joints.

  • Leakproof Flashings for Masonry Chimneys

    Don’t take the easy way out when retrofitting flashing to an existing chimney. This proven technique from a veteran roofer locks the flashing in place for a watertight seal.

  • Fireplace Hearth Details

    A mason lays out the basics of hearth construction, from code compliance to placing the concrete.

  • Brick Veneer Basics

    Brick veneer lasts longer and requires less maintenance than other siding materials. A Midwestern masonry contractor describes installation techniques.

  • Reviving the Rumford

    A mason explains what makes the Rumford such an efficient fireplace and tells how to build one.

  • Q&A: Best Materials for Poolside Deck

    Q: What is the best decking material to use around pools? We have used CCA-treated southern pine, but this splinters within five years. We have also looked into plastic decking and commercial roof-top membranes. Both would put us over budget.