Brick is aesthetically pleasing, durable, and a sought-after material by property buyers and home enthusiasts alike for its beauty, longevity, and implied craftsmanship. As moisture contracts and expands brick walls, as well as interior and exterior brick details, the mortar joints will begin to weaken and crumble. Repairing mortar joints is simple, straightforward, and can be done or power tools in three phases. Getting started is easy.

Although simple, mortar joint repair is dusty. Ground cover, dust mitigation, and personal protective equipment are all highly recommended before beginning a project requiring mortar removal.

First, the old mortar must be removed…


Masonry is the craft of building with stone, brick, clay, or concrete. It’s usually more challenging to master than other home DIY projects, but even beginners can get started with the right tools and techniques. There are intricate and detailed masonry projects designed for experts, but there are just as many simple jobs that any novice can perform.

Tools and materials

There are only a few standard masonry tools. The Margin Trowel is used for spreading small amounts of mortar on the project surface. The V or Square Notch Trowel is used to distribute mortar across a flat surface evenly. The Brick Hammer…


Hanging drywall is one of those in-between tasks where it’s tough to know if you should do it on your own or hire professional help. On the one hand, it’s easy enough that most handy people should be capable of doing it. On the other hand, it’s difficult enough that unforeseen issues are bound to arise. If you decide to hang your own drywall, you should learn about the process as much as you can . Here are five tips to remember as you set about this tricky-but-doable job.

Put Thought Into The Initial Layout

Before you get to work, you should make sure you have…


Proper house foundations do more than hold houses off the ground. Building foundations insulate the home against the cold, help resist the earth’s movement around it, and keep out the moisture. Nonetheless, house foundations directly affect the durability of the building and the comfort of the person living in the house. For that reason, when making foundations, it is undoubtedly crucial to ensure that they are free of cracks, dry, and, most importantly, last for as long as they have a house to support.

The process through which house foundations are made and the common types of foundations used in…


A building is green if it takes steps in its design and materials to minimize its impact on the environment and encourage sustainability. Nothing built by humans will ever be entirely neutral, but there are many ways to make our impact more sustainably.

In terms of materials, a builder can check on the sustainability of the resources used to make them . For example, if wood is used, it could be determined if the wood is sustainably sourced. In other words, are new trees planted when others are harvested? In addition, the process of extracting some resources has a particularly…


As society has become more conscious of our environmental impact, we’ve all begun to think about how we can have a lighter footprint on the planet. One area you may not have thought about is roofing. In recent years, more and more homeowners and homebuilders are beginning to consider sustainable roofing. But what exactly does that mean?

One way of thinking about sustainability in roofing is considering where the materials being used have been sourced. When using this criterion, the only genuinely sustainable materials are wood shakes and shingles . And that’s only if the wood comes from a source…


One of the hottest trends in interior design right now is the use of reclaimed materials. The combination of vintage charm and eco-friendly thriftiness is appealing, but using reclaimed wood is a slightly complex process. There are a few things people should know before deciding to work with reclaimed wood.

Buyers Need to Get More Than They Think
Reclaimed wood has already been cut to fit an entirely different building. Therefore, homeowners typically need to resize the timber to fit their home. No matter how careful a person is, there is inevitably some wastage. …


Hardwood floors have a certain classy beauty, but they need to be properly maintained. That technically isn’t very difficult, but you need to know how to care for hardwood surfaces without damaging them .

Using the Right Cleaning Supplies First of all, you need to know what cleaning supplies are safe to use on your hardwood floors. A soft-bristled broom with an angled head is ideal for sweeping up dust and debris as long as you sweep with the grain, and a vacuum with a soft floor nozzle can pick up what your broom cannot. Robot vacuums such as Roombas…


Putting in new tile, vinyl, wood flooring, or laminate is a significant investment, and you want the final product to last for many years. Subflooring plays a vital role in the aesthetics and lifetime of your flooring, so you want to make sure that the surface is level before installing the new floor. Here are steps to follow to level the subfloor .

Remove the Old Flooring You may be tempted to install new flooring over the old flooring to save time, but this will cost you in the long run. Flooring is not designed to adhere to other floorings…


Baseboards give your room a finished look and enhance the aesthetics. While installing these final touches may be simple in many cases, there are some tips and tricks for installing baseboards like a professional.

Temporary Install Taking some extra time before you nail or glue the baseboards to the wall ensures a proper fit. Place the baseboard against the wall, and hold it in place with painter’s tape. Inspect the fit by looking for gaps along the top and bottom of the baseboard. Mark any spaces with a pencil, and remove the baseboard. Add height to the places that you…

Eric Capolino

Eric Capolino is co-founder and Managing Member of Structure NYC, a general contracting and custom millwork firm he founded with his brother. EricCapolino.net

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