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

The first step to using Drylock paint to waterproof masonry walls is to use a wire brush to clean the wall and remove debris or loose mortar. If any efflorescence is present, remove it with a muriatic acid wash. Any hole... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance

B-Dry basement waterproofing seals the basement using a rigid membrane sealer on the walls. The system also includes weep holes at the bottom of the wall to allow any water buildup to drain into a channel that funnels an... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance

Insulate a basement by gluing 3/4-inch extruded foam insulation to the walls. Avoid using expanded foam that is not as durable and provides a lower insulation R-value. Before beginning the project, make sure you resolve ... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance

Waterproof a basement from the inside by sealing any cracks in the floors or walls with hydraulic cement and painting the walls with a sealant. Apply an epoxy finish to the basement floor to prevent water from seeping th... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance