To repair crumbling basement walls, remove the old mortar, clean the walls with a wire brush and repair with new mortar. The type of mortar used is dependent on the type of stone used in the wall as well as the condition... More »

Repairing crumbling cement walls is accomplished through a process known as pargeting. Pargeting involves covering the crumbling wall with a layer of plaster. The new plaster layer not only gives the wall a smoother, cle... More »

Repointing a chimney involves raking out part of the old mortar from all the joints between the bricks and "repointing" or refilling the joints with new mortar. Ideally, the new mortar should be a 3-1-1 type — three part... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance
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