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  • 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.

  • Prefab Masonry Fireplaces

    A mason describes how a new breed of hybrid fireplaces delivers the quality of a traditional masonry unit at one-third the cost.

  • Troubleshooting Retaining Walls

    Cracked, leaning, or bulging retaining walls are a common sight. An engineer tells what causes these problems and how to prevent them.

  • Q&A: Rot at Exterior Windows

    Q: We often encounter rot at the ends of window jambs and exterior casings that abut sloping wood sills. What is the best way to detail this connection?