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More stories about Repair

  • Quick Foundation Repair

    Rather than shore the house and replace the bulging block foundation, this builder used plywood slip forms to pour a concrete reinforcing wall on the outside.

  • 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

  • Pressure-Treated Foundation Repair

    With cold weather setting in, this upstate New York remodeler decided to use a pressure-treated wood foundation to replace a crumbling cement-block wall in a hillside garage.

  • Patching Stucco

    Making durable patches in stucco finishes is as much art as science. A veteran stucco contractor shows how to use dry dusting, fog coats, and trowel mix plastering both to repair damaged stucco and to blend new stucco work with old.

  • For What It's Worth

    Budget panel saw kit, self-adhering plaster patching fabric, rugged roof-stripping tool

  • Q&A: Patching Water-Damaged Plaster

    Q: My company has done plaster repair work for many years. After repairing water-damaged walls or ceilings, we occasionally get called back to "fix" an unsuccessful repair. Our second repair attempt involves digging out a very bumpy, chalky substance, and more often than not, we have to repeat this...

  • For What It's Worth

    Drywall that bends, adjustable spring clamps, portable work table

  • For What It's Worth

    New insulated concrete block, knock-down lumber rack for pickups, clips for patching holes in drywall, fix for squeaky floors

  • Practical Engineering: When a Block Foundation Cracks

    Repairing a cracked block foundation

  • Writing Your Own Warranty

    Homeowners can be fussy about minor defects that appear during their first year in a new home. Here’s how one company solved the problem by adding quality standards to their warranty.