To build a block chimney, create a layer of mortar onto a solid foundation, then alternate adding specialized chimney blocks, mortar and flue sections until the chimney has reached its desired height. Specialized chimney... More »

Masonry fireplaces and factory-built fireplaces are two different types of chimney diagrams. The diagrams show the differences in components, construction and materials used in building both types of chimneys. Different ... More »

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Direct venting only works with specially designed gas appliances, according to The Chimney Sweep, Inc., and is not for use with wood burning stoves. Wood burning stoves require a vertical chimney that extends through the... More »

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To lay a block wall, install the footing, mix the mortar and lay out the blocks, allowing 3/8 inch between each block. Snap a chalk line on the wall to use as a guide, and apply a layer of mortar on the footing. Apply mo... More »

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Build a shower pan by applying a sloped layer of mortar to the floor, adding a layer of chlorinated polyethylene membrane, placing metal lath and covering with a second layer of sloped mortar. Finish the shower pan with ... More »

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To stucco a cinder block wall, apply a concrete bonding agent, apply scratch layer of stucco and then add a finishing coat of stucco, allowing 36 to 48 hours for curing between each layer. While the stucco is drying, mis... More »

In order to build a cinder block fence, prepare a stable footing, outline the fence with snap chalk, mortar the first row of blocks and then continue to stack the blocks to the desired height. Smooth any excess mortar al... More »

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