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Martial Arts: Too old?, strict parents, start something
strict parents, start something, self defence: Dear Deelo, Thanks for your question. I started martial arts when I was 16. Now I am 53, experiencing more than 10 types of MA, and still keep on seeking for new inspirations. MA is of self-improvement, confidence, and self-respect. MA bears the functions...

Martial Arts: How old is too old to start, martial arts style, self defense techniques
martial arts style, self defense techniques, martial art: Jack: 17 is not too old to begin training in a martial art. Most instructors teach students spanning a wide range of ages and are willing to adapt their curricula to your needs and capabilities. As for what art to study, that s always a difficult choice....

Martial Arts: too old?, martial arts, roots
martial arts, roots, hapkido: 15 is young, very young. Start studying with a REPUTABLE instructor. Watch a class, talk to the students and see/feel if you could train there 3x weekly. Look for a real style: Jujistu (Japanese or Brazilian - same roots), Hapkido (100% hapkido only),...

Martial Arts: only 3 months to study, so which type?, martial arts experience, tae kwon
martial arts experience, tae kwon, best bet: Vennela, Although this is not the way I would suggest entering into the world of martial arts as it will be hard to learn much in a three month timeframe. But my feelings aside more important that a style I would say it will be based on an instructor as...

Martial Arts: origin of kali, filipino martial culture, mark wiley
filipino martial culture, mark wiley, filipino martial arts: Actually, kali probably does not originate in the Philippines. There is very little documented history of the islands, and the most common names for the martial arts of the Archipelago were not given by the natives. The term kali may have originated from...

Martial Arts: P D ?, different styles of martial arts, styles of martial arts
different styles of martial arts, styles of martial arts, chief instructor: Donna, If you could find out a little more information out about the art, like what general area ie. Japanese, Chinese, Korean that would help me out. I looked in everything I have and there is nothing even close to the style you mentioned (I know you...

Martial Arts: Philosophy, dan inosanto, when life hands you lemons make lemonade
dan inosanto, when life hands you lemons make lemonade, physical application: Trace, Some of Bruce Lee s philosophies although very flowery-sounding are based on realistic, practical application. Being like water can mean just going with the flow. This can have physical application. For example, instead of resisting someone s energy,...

Martial Arts: Physical challenged, chi instructors, black belts
chi instructors, black belts, chi instructor: Hello Rick! I am so very sorry to hear this news about your daughter. I am so thankful she is now mobile and continues to get stronger. I have trained a few students in similar fashion and it really is a case by case basis. My thoughts seem to steer...

Martial Arts: Possible to improve flexibility?, shaw air force, shaw air force base
shaw air force, shaw air force base, physical training instructor: Sterling, Your flexibility can come back by simply stretching and working on getting that flexibility back. I would ask one of your instructors, a physical training instructor or look online for a stretch workout. Then at least three times a week I...

Martial Arts: Pressure point fighting, dim mak, pressure points
dim mak, pressure points, martial art: Robin, I have not heard of the Black Arts Society. As for training in pressure point fighting I personally d not put much faith in it. I would recommend any basic martial art over any form of pressure point fighting. MMA would be a very legit system...

Martial Arts: Preventive Measures, side splits, flexibility training
side splits, flexibility training, paying my dues: Dear Sunny, You ll find, the hips are important in all aspects of martial arts, especially for your stretching. If you warm up your hips first, and then your work on groin stretches, you ll find it much easier. Here s some exercises you can try, perform...

Martial Arts: Preventive Measures, doing the splits, paying my dues
doing the splits, paying my dues, preventive measures: I have no direct experience with kajukenbo, unfortunately; however, what I have seen in media and heard second-hand is generally very good. The best way to loosen your hips and groin is something that is generally ignored in modern martial arts: low stance...

Martial Arts: Profile, english speakers, black belt
english speakers, black belt, martial arts: Hey there Tim, Well, honestly I don t categorize myself as an expert. I m one of the few white people I know that has a black belt in this art, and this website is just a way for me to help out other english speakers, and perhaps help shed some light on...

Martial Arts: Pros and cons of different martial arts, types of martial arts, kickboxers
types of martial arts, kickboxers, tae kwon: Wesley, There are a few other organizations that are starting to get popular besides MMA type groups. Their is one based on a karate/tae kwon do/kickboxing one called I think the World Combat League, sponsored by Chuck Norris. There is no grappling in...

Martial Arts: is it possible?, dear master, train station
dear master, train station, tung: Hello, I learned in Richmond and my teacher and school is there but my school where I teach is Austin, TX. If you would like to learn from there you can go to our website for their address and number. www.moyyat.net feel free to ask any more questions if...

Martial Arts: What should i pratice?, world famous pianist, mixed martial art
world famous pianist, mixed martial art, steven seagal: I m not saying you re lazy. Sometimes even the most motivated person needs an extra juice of spirit to get themselves into a martial arts group. I have great respect for Aikido. However, most schools do not teach Aikido in a very practical environment....

Martial Arts: pro mma fighter vs. US. Navy SEAL, palm strikes, explosives training
palm strikes, explosives training, randy couture: Ry, You pose a most unique question. I think the answer lies in the fact that does the Pro MMA Fighter know his opponent is a Navy SEAL, and also does the SEAL know his opponent is a Pro fighter? If they each do and the fight is in the ring I think...

Martial Arts: punching, accuracy skills, dumbbell exercises
accuracy skills, dumbbell exercises, punching power: While training two years ago, I heard this very rumor. However, when I approached my instructor with this question, he told me that it was un-true, and that only not practicing could slow down your punching speed. Keep with your dumbbell exercises, they will...

Martial Arts: Question concerning the best martial arts for me, heavy bag workouts, terrible shape
heavy bag workouts, terrible shape, grading scale: Hello thank you for your question. I think it is a great idea to take some time for yourself and start training. As far as the criteria I would probably suggest Kempo. Kenp will be stronger in some areas then others but will provided you with at least some...

Martial Arts: Question on Martial Arts, krav maga, spiritual meditation
krav maga, spiritual meditation, judo karate: *chuckles* I go away for a few days, and forget to put up my vacation flag...and suddenly everyone asks me the good questions. The kind of questions that I like answering. Okay, step one. Congratulations on training in multiple martial arts! It s a...

Martial Arts: Question on Martial Arts, krav maga, judo karate
krav maga, judo karate, akido: as you were saying , referring to the best style, there is no “best style” only the best for that person. Some style are better then others for different things. Say there are two buddies, one is bjj, and the other karate. The two of them horse around and...

Martial Arts: Question regarding balance and how to improve my back kick., orange belt, postion
orange belt, postion, rear end: Nellie, One method I like to use is I start with a student holding a chair with one hand, while keeping the other hand up. With the chair not in the way of the intended kick chamber your kicking leg. If you are training body kicks it is ideal that you...

Martial Arts: question., rickson gracie, competition training
rickson gracie, competition training, jkd: Chad, Yours is the proverbial who would win in a real fight and which martial art is the best question. Obviously, the answer is it depends . I don t believe Bruce Lee studied as much grappling as Rickson Gracie has. But Rickson Gracie has nowhere near...

Martial Arts: question., national geographic channel, martial arts expert
national geographic channel, martial arts expert, death touch: Chad, I am sorry it has taken so long for me to respond, I needed to get to a pc that would allow me to access Youtube. Anyway I watched the video and no I personally do not believe in this stuff. There was a special on the National Geographic Channel...

Martial Arts: question on the martial arts weapon: sai, tae kwon doe, panther production
tae kwon doe, panther production, kobudo weapons: Good Morning Sean, Sorry to hear about your uncle. I m surprised you can find anyone to teach you the sai. You might check the web for Panther Videos as they have a couple of Sai instruction videos. Also, George Alexander (check his website) has one or...

Martial Arts: question, bjj, slow response
bjj, slow response, helio: Buzz, First let me start by apologizing for my slow response. I have been swamped. But on to you question, Brazilian JJ and Japanese JJ are very similar with the differences being in the application of techniques. The BJJ styles focus much more on leverage...

Martial Arts: i have two questions, 200 kilos, opponet
200 kilos, opponet, martial art: Thank you for your questions. For the first question about the move you are describing, unfortunately I am not very good at visualizing and I am not really sure what you are describing. I can say that it is not always easy to grab a trained opponents arm...

Martial Arts: Real Life Martial Arts, freestyle martial arts, tae kwon do
freestyle martial arts, tae kwon do, drunken fist: As far as tournements go their are a few differant types. With your years of TKD experience I am sure you are pretty familiar with the traditional point tournements. Grappeling tournements usually have 2 sections, gi grappeling and non-gi grappeling. Pesonally...

Martial Arts: re: martial arts training, jujitsu, best of luck
jujitsu, best of luck, martial arts training: Brazalian Jiu-Jitsu does not only do grappling, but usually is focused on that. Japanese Jujitsu does it all but with very little kicking. Aiki Jujitsu and Hapkido zero in on one aspect of Jujitsu, joint locks, with Hapkido also adding A LOT of kicking...

Martial Arts: re: martial arts training, tae kwon, aikido techniques
tae kwon, aikido techniques, slow response: Fergus, First let me start by apologizing for my slow response. I have been swamped. Brazilian JJ is a ground grappling system, similar to wrestling but the use of submission is added. Aiki Jiu-Jitsu is a blended system using Aikido techniques and Brazilian...

Martial Arts: another one about recommended style, bas rutten, mixed martial art
bas rutten, mixed martial art, certian days: Paul, Well the one thing you surely have going for you is your location. You can do pretty much anything in the world as most of the best instructors are there in LA. I would look into a mixed martial art if not the Muay Thai. In LA I know there are...

Martial Arts: the right style, thai kickboxing, long legs
thai kickboxing, long legs, bodypart: Your big and probably have long legs...if you are willing to stay flexible, Hapkido might be the way to go, as you mentioned wanting to use your legs for defense. Based on YOUR criteria, you probably don t want Judo, Aikido, Jujitsu (all varients). Muay...

Martial Arts: The right style for me, martial art, dojo
martial art, dojo, agility: the best is a dojo. the only time you want to work from books, movies, or the net is if you have an understanding of the martial arts and movments. other wise you put your self and others at risk. I would say judo or jujitsu. neither need much in the way of...

Martial Arts: What is right for me?, mysterious pain, realistic number
mysterious pain, realistic number, superior training: Okay, let s begin... First, to brutal and fun , try Krav Maga, F.I.S.T., F.A.S.T., or something similar. The styles are fun, realistic, taught in a reality-focused style and with reality-focused drills, and more importantly...they re immediately useful....

Martial Arts: russian matial arts and tae kwon do, russian martial arts, karate classes
russian martial arts, karate classes, tae kwon: Jii, The first question would be hard for me to answer as there are many different Russian martial arts. Also what a person thinks about an art is usually based off their experiences with that style presented by a certian instructor. And since I have...

Martial Arts: russian matial arts & tae kwon do, tae kwon do, matial arts
tae kwon do, matial arts, body mechanics: Hi, thanks for writing. You didn t really say which martial art you were talking about, so I will assume that it s Sambo. Sambo is a grappling style, with a very good reputation for effectiveness. If you want to get into sport, this is one of the top styles...

Martial Arts: Sai, tae kwon, empty hands
tae kwon, empty hands, palm of your hand: Hello Edson, The sai is a very nice weapon to work with. Think of it as an expansion of your hands and arms, and it is used much like you would use your empty hands for blocks and strikes. When you purchase a set of sai and begin to practice, the sai is...

Martial Arts: Saijutsu, barnes and noble bookstore, barnes and noble books
barnes and noble bookstore, barnes and noble books, weapons training: Kobudo is a generic term for weapons practice. There are many kobudo styles. While curriculum vary by system, kobudo generally includes, katana (sword), sai, nunchaku, tonfa, jo, bo, and possibly some other style specific weapons. The use of these weapons...

Martial Arts: Seeking full-contact training, martial arts alliance, martial art school
martial arts alliance, martial art school, kickboxing school: Marshall, For a martial art school to have full contact training in the beginning of lessons is something I do not think there are to many of out there, and for good reason. Those schools are probably no legit. For styles that will give you practical...

Martial Arts: Self-Defence, self defense program, karate system
self defense program, karate system, japanese karate: Kevin, I m not too familiar with T12, but my guess is that you have good use of your arms and chest and are paralyzed from about the solar plexus height down? Honestly, a lot of different arts CAN be modified easily to fit that - however, the best thing...

Martial Arts: Self-defense for petite girl, kenpo karate, self defense situations
kenpo karate, self defense situations, eagle claw kung fu: Lily, I think Aikido is an excellent style for women to train in. It deals with mostly self-defense situations and can be easily performed by a smaller person like yourself. I teach aikido at my school here in Sumter S.C. and while the crime rate is not...

Martial Arts: Self taught, poor neighborhood, community rec
poor neighborhood, community rec, tuition discount: John: You can learn a lot about the martial arts from books, but you cannot learn how to do them. Think of driving - you can learn from books many details of how to drive, but you will never be comfortable behind the wheel unless you actually spend a large...

Martial Arts: Shaw AFB SC BJJ Classes, shaw afb sc, mr olsen
shaw afb sc, mr olsen, mixed martial arts: Shannon, You are in luck, I have a contract at the Fitness Center on Shaw, and teach various martial arts classes. You mention Mixed Martial Arts and I currently have two MMA programs running right now. For information about me and my credentials, my...

Martial Arts: Shin Splintz, martial art shoes, proper insulation
martial art shoes, proper insulation, robert mclain: Hello Patty, I am not a doctor, but have been in the martial arts for 24 years. I ve never heard of the problem you are describing in the martial arts. This sounds similar to runners having shin splints. In their case, it is from running without...

Martial Arts: Shotokan, Shuri-Ryu, or other?, japanese karate association, shotokan karate of america
japanese karate association, shotokan karate of america, shuri ryu: Hello Graham, I ve found in my travels that the martial arts are always a reflection of the instructors. There is no superior martial art, there are only superior instructors. My recommendation would be to find a good Okinawan-Japanese martial arts...

Martial Arts: Side Splits, side splits, best of luck
side splits, best of luck, 5 months: Hello Pete, There are many different approaches to being able to land the side splits. But try this one: get into the side splits position, and hold for 30 seconds. Rest until you feel you re ready to go again. Repeat 2 more times. This is more effective...

Martial Arts: Simple two or one person take down/immobilization, bassai, tactical retreat
bassai, tactical retreat, feint: It is difficult to answer this question responsibly given that you have no training in the MA. Training in MA does give you some insight into the difficulty this kind of scenario poses. In beginning hard style theory, you have a practitioner doing a kata...

Martial Arts: Son ready for Tae Kwon Do?, tae kwon do, best of luck
tae kwon do, best of luck, alex: Dear Tanya, I think 6 is a great age to start... i started when I was 5 and i was 58 pounds and look at me... It may be a little difficult to start but after he gets started he will get better...as long as he has fun thats the main thing. Best of luck ...

Martial Arts: Sparring or abuse, sparring gloves, female instructor
sparring gloves, female instructor, adult class: Dear Theresa, I m glad that your son is OK, and that he is not going back to class. I think (in my personal opinion) that the other black belts were a little out of line, and you should find a new school for your son if he wants to continue learning karate....

Martial Arts: Sparring or abuse, sparring gloves, 3rd degree
sparring gloves, 3rd degree, black belt: Theresa, I would say there is definetly something wrong here. An adult, much less a black belt has no business making contact like that with a child. And chasing him around the room? I would call the police as well. Please let me know what goes on...

Martial Arts: Sparring, kung fu school, home study course
kung fu school, home study course, unqualified teacher: Unfortunately, no. This is a good example of the difference between training for reality and using sparring as a tool, and training for sparring. Those who train specifically for sparring will *always* be better at sparring than those who train for real...

Martial Arts: Spinning hook kick, hook kick, olympic style
hook kick, olympic style, street combat: JR, What I would do is break the kick back down into the movements that make up the kick. I would practice the spin a set amount of times and the hook kick a set amount of times. Then slowly I would put them together and practice the entire move double...

Martial Arts: STUDYING GENBUKAN NINPO ABROAD, martial arts clubs, english conversation schools
martial arts clubs, english conversation schools, student visas: Hello: Though I m not really familiar with Ninpo as a specific art, I can offer some suggestions for getting to Japan as a student. I can t think of any other countries in which you would find a large group of Ninpo students. One thing to consider (and...

Martial Arts: Starting out, aikido training, gentle approach
aikido training, gentle approach, high blood pressure: Greetings Stacy! Sounds like you have had a full schedule and now are ready for something new. We ladies have a lot to conquer when it comes to raising a family and taking care of ourselves. My suggest is to first think about a gentle approach to getting...

Martial Arts: Straight/High kicks, doing the splits, high kicks
doing the splits, high kicks, roman chair: Hello Mark, Thanks for asking, I m doing well. I typically don t train for high kicks. Being a Shorin-Ryu stylist, most kicks are directed to targets below the neck - besides I hate to stretch. I do as little stretching as possible. The few exercises...

Martial Arts: Study in Japan, traditional japanese martial arts, hombu dojo
traditional japanese martial arts, hombu dojo, japanese martial arts: Hi Doug. Thanks for your question. First of all you must realize that to begin a live-in type program you are basically learning the term subservient where you will spend most of your time cleaning. The Japanese are a group based society which means to...

Martial Arts: What Style Is Right For Me, karate kenpo, okinawan karate
karate kenpo, okinawan karate, physical attributes: Most Okinawan Karate, Kenpo/Kempo, and Hapkido schools rarely kick above the waist or knee. You may also consider: Aikido, Jujitsu, Judo, whose primary focus is on grappling,throwing, and join manipulation. A basic suggestion is to stay away from the sport...

Martial Arts: Which Style is right for me, tae kwon do, traditional judo
tae kwon do, traditional judo, self defense techniques: What I would suggest would be based on what you think you would like the most, could afford, and the school and instructor seem right for you. Aikido is a self-defense style only. Most aikido schools do not teach punching and kicking. The focus is on...

Martial Arts: My Style, self defense class, when in doubt tell the truth
self defense class, when in doubt tell the truth, style type: Peter, I appreciate your integrity. I would ask this question to you. You had to learn your techniques from someone and from some style, correct? You have some base. Most styles that are taught here in the US have evolved and grown. I would recommend that...

Martial Arts: Stylistic Differences, goju ryu karate, karate goju ryu
goju ryu karate, karate goju ryu, karate kempo: It very much depends on the style of karate being taught. Taekwondo (TKD) is relatively new in the arts and is usually more focused on sport and physical training. It s characterized by powerful kicks and often at higher targets. Punching is taught, but...

Martial Arts: Suggestion, stamina endurance, physical workout
stamina endurance, physical workout, wrestling techniques: Hello Isaac. I would recommend becoming well rounded in both striking and grappling. Striking, Muay Thai is exceptional for an all round workout, strength, stamina endurance etc. Also some general boxing, also a great conditioner, this also creates the...

Martial Arts: Supplemental MA, add-on, hidden gems, networking tool
hidden gems, networking tool, martial artists: Hi Jonathan, Thats a tough question :) I guess the internet, as outdated as it sometimes is, is the best place to get information. Its sometimes good to network, use a networking tool, such as Facebook, and you ll find a lot of schools, from word of mouth...

Martial Arts: Supplemental MA, judo club, wrestling clubs
judo club, wrestling clubs, endomorph: Hi Jonathan, Thanks for your question, its good that you re training in boxing, although its relying solely on fists and hands, its certainly one of the best systems you can get if you want to be good with your hands, and get very conditioned. As to...

Martial Arts: self defence, thai kickboxing, kick boxing
thai kickboxing, kick boxing, taekwando: Well, I think that you just chose one of the better combos I have seen in a long time and for all the right reasons.. I love both of thoses martial arts and they are lots of fun. I hope you do well in both and Good Luck in any competitions.. who knows you...

Martial Arts: self -defense class for my kid, self defense class, oceanside ca
self defense class, oceanside ca, striking style: Gilbert, Both of those styles would be an excellent choice for what you are looking for. I would say the Muay Thai would be the most practical striking style and when you add the Jui-Jitsu to that it would make for a very well rounded fighter. I would...

Martial Arts: self defense, critical components, self defense
critical components, self defense, physical activity: Ryan, The best way to learn practical self-defense is to train with a qualified instructor. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to learn things, and books, videos, and magazines lack an important element - all self-defense has to be customized to a certain...

Martial Arts: self taught?, karate kenpo, martial arts seminar
karate kenpo, martial arts seminar, rough weather: Greg, Sorry for the delay in the reply, we have had some rough weather and lost Internet connection here. I personally do not recommend trying to learn any martial art from a book or video as there are a lot of techniques where you need the feel of another...

Martial Arts: self taught?, shotokan karate, tae kwon
shotokan karate, tae kwon, using books: It depends on if you have experience or not in martial arts. If the answer is no, then I do not believe there is any way to effectively learn a style without an instructor. Their are too many nuances and specifics that have to be mastered at the basic level...

Martial Arts: my situations, martial arts unlimited, free trial session
martial arts unlimited, free trial session, shaw afb: John, The first thing I recommend for you to do is check and see what is available to you in your area first. Once you know what you have available to you, you can narrow your search field by eliminating the schools that are either too far, too expensive...

Martial Arts: which sport to choose?, inner source, internal energy
inner source, internal energy, source of energy: Leroy, I do not really think any sport beside martial arts use Chi/Ki (internal energy) the way you are thinking. To use chi/ki for normal uses not the extreme like holding yourself up with a spear or something, is to just dig deep each and every time...

Martial Arts: How to start training., ectomorph bodybuilding, mental aspects
ectomorph bodybuilding, mental aspects, window of time: My suggestion is that while time is always a factor, martial arts is as much mental as it is physical, so I don t see a problem in doing one with the other. You may progress a little differently physically, but you can still benefit tremendously from the...

Martial Arts: How to get started, rattan sticks, metal pipes
rattan sticks, metal pipes, self practice: Thanks Chris, glad I could help. Hardwood is great for practicing on your own. As far as sticks go, I have several different pair I use for self practice (all about 28 long). A pair of heavy metal pipes for strengthening, some hardwood for conditioning/anyo...

Martial Arts: startin off, glitz and glamor, what is the best martial art
glitz and glamor, what is the best martial art, mixed martial arts: James, Stay away from the type of stuff you see on TV. I believe you are seeking a traditional school. Aikido is a great traditional system and they are very big on spirituality But virtually any traditional based system will as well. James, in...

Martial Arts: starting off, traditional dojo, jujitsu schools
traditional dojo, jujitsu schools, mixed martial arts: Tom, Strength is of no issue, strength and technical ability can be taught. What is important is the determination to earn your way through the ranks and hopefully to a higher sence of self. If you only wish to develop your fighting ability, I recommend...

Martial Arts: sticks, joke question, bamboo sticks
joke question, bamboo sticks, metal pipe: I think this is a joke question, but what the hell I ll humor you. If you are going to beat anything that is not flesh (i.e. rock, tree, mower, etc.) I would take into account that rattan and bamboo sticks will probably break. If you can afford to waste...

Martial Arts: sticks, bladed weapons, combat techniques
bladed weapons, combat techniques, students training: Hi Diane, great question! Arnis, and a majority of the martial arts originating in the Philippines are unique in that weapons are used as tools in the students training from the very first day. The sticks, typically, are the first weapon one will use. It...

Martial Arts: streching,weight training,power, baji chuan, wing chun
baji chuan, wing chun, weight training: Well, Try the butterfly stretch(look it up online)... Also jus practice straight up and down kicks repetivly. As for your speed I reconmend doing alot of running/ reflex drills.. you can look up the specs on a few nice ones online( they describe them better...

Martial Arts: about street fighting, shotokan karate, street fighting techniques
shotokan karate, street fighting techniques, tertiary educational institution: It s a little hard to understand with clarity what you are asking. But let me try. In an interesting book I read several years ago Shotokan s Secret , author Dr Bruce Clayton talks about how Okinawan arts were developed as a bodyguarding system in order...

Martial Arts: What's a streetfighter and is it a real martial art, double leg, jujitsu
double leg, jujitsu, martial art: Clarissa, Your question is genuine in asking if street fighting is an actual martial art. Some schools will say they teach street fighting or that street fighting is an actual style. But in all actuality you answered your own question. What you use on...

Martial Arts: strength training books, power training in kung fu and karate, ohara publications
power training in kung fu and karate, ohara publications, leo fong: Good Afternoon Hgarh, I m not aware of very many martial arts strength training books. The only one that I have in my library is Power Training In Kung Fu and Karate by Ron Marchini and Leo Fong, 1975, Ohara Publications. It has some useful information...

Martial Arts: strength training books, dr fred hatfield, matt furey
dr fred hatfield, matt furey, exercise physiology: Unfortunately, most people who know a lot about *combat*--especially those with practical experience--are generally very UN-educated about exercise physiology. It is understandable; people who have violent occupations generally consider themselves to have...

Martial Arts: Which striking art is better suited for my need?, kenpo karate, fitness camp
kenpo karate, fitness camp, tae kwon: Thank you for your question. Let me start by saying that I do feel you will gain something from any art that you choose. Remember you need to enjoy what you are studying also to truly benefit. That being said my opinion is that since you are looking for...

Martial Arts: which style, shaw air force, shaw air force base
shaw air force, shaw air force base, defensive martial art: Chris, Just curious why are you in Iraq? Are you military and if so what base will you be returning to? I am Air Force stationed at Shaw Air Force Base South Carolina. On to your question; what style will suit you best will depend on what your end result...

Martial Arts: Which style is for me?, gracie academies, gracie academy
gracie academies, gracie academy, quality instructor: Tristan, Thank you for the praise. I do my best to reply when I can. I am not going to say that the site does not have legit school as I cannot check each one of them. This is a non-official site that maybe a student or someone made. Most of the official...

Martial Arts: Which style would best suit me?, tae kwon do, karate system
tae kwon do, karate system, martial arts style: Zach, Looking at your height I automatically think woo this guy could be a great kicker! , and thus a Tae Kwon Do or Karate system might be best for you. Due to your size, a striking art would probablly be easier for you to learn. Do not worry about...

Martial Arts: what style would be best for me, dominant art, tae kwon
dominant art, tae kwon, wing chun: Jared, Could you give me a little more information? Like do you prefer stand up fighting or ground fighting? (Boxing, Kickboxing, Karate, or Judo, Jui-Jitsu, Wrestling, Grappling) Do you think you would like a kicking or striking dominant art? (Tae...

Martial Arts: style for function, verbal judo, art portion
verbal judo, art portion, mixed martial arts: There are even books on verbal Judo...yes, conflict resolution using the other persons energy/intent. Aikido is a wonderful art. From early on, you learn to deal with multiple encounters. Great for police and bouncers because of the joint locks. No ground...

Martial Arts: style for function, striking style, peace maker
striking style, peace maker, muay thai: My personal recommendations would be to focus on maybe an art such as Wing Chun, which has strong inside striking work. This was Bruce Lee s original style, and he thrived on the ability to move in and out quickly. His height prevented him from really working...

Martial Arts: style for function, mixed martial art, peace maker
mixed martial art, peace maker, time james: James, I would recommend a Mixed Martial Art (MMA) school. They usually focus on what you said you are looking for. As for dealing with multiple attackers, that is another subject. No matter what you train if you end up on the ground and there are multiple...

Martial Arts: what style is right for me, workout type, krav maga
workout type, krav maga, pant: David, Your question is an intresting one as you mention you are not into the uniform or belt thing, yet you say you are in it for the art. The uniform and belts are part of most martial arts schools. The ones that do not use uniforms or belts are Mixed...

Martial Arts: What style is right for me?, krav maga, thai boxing
krav maga, thai boxing, emotional control: I guess the first question is, what Martial Arts are in your area? That s kind of the limiting factor. If you re looking for defense and offense, try looking into these. Muay Thai/Thai boxing, Krav Maga, Haganah, FIST, Kyukushin, and Brazilian Ju Jitsu....

Martial Arts: Which style now?, poor shape, tae kwon
poor shape, tae kwon, preformed: This is a hard question for me to answer since I am not really sure what you are looking for. However I would suggest trying a few different arts and seeing which one suits you best. Maybe try something like Judo, Aikido, Ju Jitsu or maybe even Tai Chi. ...

Martial Arts: styles, mark wiley, filipino martial arts
mark wiley, filipino martial arts, luck dave: It really depends on several factors including; height, age, weight, wants, needs, etc. If you really have no idea I would recommend several things; First, do some research on your own using the internet and books. Start by reading living the martial way...

Martial Arts: What would suit my son, home video games, basketball baseball
home video games, basketball baseball, tropheys: Hello Claire! Well first of all martial arts for the most part will have to have some physical contact. Like most sports, football, basketball, baseball and on there is always a margin of possibility of injury. What I suggest is that you go around to various...

Martial Arts: swords, rough treatment, showpiece
rough treatment, showpiece, imitations: Interesting. Most of my answer was lost--let s try that again: Full-tang refers to the fact that piece of metal which comprises the blade also extends full down the length of the handle; this is in comparison to no- and half-tang weapons, which are useful...

Martial Arts: Tae Kwon Do Black Belts, black belts, tae kwon
black belts, tae kwon, blackbelt: Well, In any good styles its impossible for anyone to get their blackbelt in under a year, and if they do.. Well compared to other styles like mine which take a minimal of 2 years, they would be completly insuperior. Common sense really, if you did it in...

Martial Arts: Tae Kwon Do Sparring, sparring tips, robert mclain
sparring tips, robert mclain, tae kwon: Hello Scarlet, I would be doing you and myself an injustice trying to teach you martial arts via text on the web. You d be better off purchasing a book or video on sport Taekwondo sparring. Plus, your teacher should be preparing you adequately...

Martial Arts: Tae Kwon Do VS Karate, tae kwon do, karate classes
tae kwon do, karate classes, black belts: Daniel, You mentioned that you would like to study ninjitsu. Is there a ninjitsu school in your area? Also the ninjitsu you have seen in movies and in books is not really what ninjitsu is about, and I would certainly try and take a trial lesson before...

Martial Arts: Tae kwon do vs kung fu, tae kwon do, sport karate
tae kwon do, sport karate, black belts: John, There seems to be a lot of towns like this across the country, and I have found myself in a few of them over the years as well. First, I am a big advocate of the instructor and school being more important than the style. Obviously there are some...

Martial Arts: Taekwondo, sparring match, new kick
sparring match, new kick, leg strength: Emma: I think we all go through stages exactly like what you re describing. It s very difficult to deal with, and very personal. What works for one person may not work for another. Here s a couple of things that may help you get over this: Firstly, accept...

Martial Arts: Taekwondo, roundhouse kick, bill superfoot wallace
roundhouse kick, bill superfoot wallace, professional fight: Hi Emma, Whew. I ve been away from TKD for over 20 years and am not much of a kicker these days - I rarely kick above the knee. Your first question, though, is pretty straightforward. The short answer: train your left leg :-) A longer answer, though, would...

Martial Arts: Tai chi, lifestyle program, photography class
lifestyle program, photography class, 12yo: From what I ve seen from young, Tai Chi has mostly been practiced by more mature aged people. However, recently I have noticed that a younger audience (late 20s, mid 30s) are exploring this as part of a fitness or lifestyle program. It is uncommon to see...

Martial Arts: Tai Kwon Do, tae kwon, martial arts
tae kwon, martial arts, pam: Hello Pam, Your son is at the age where starting is a good age. I believe Tae Kwon Do is the most widespread, mainstream martial arts today. Being very active is a great attribute to this sport. He will grow developmentally: physically, mentally, and spiritually....

Martial Arts: TaiChi, proper foundation, balance issues
proper foundation, balance issues, chi yang: Why not study with your friend? Sounds like he is helping...but that shouldn t stop you from expanding your base into a proper school. With that said, one you begin studying at such a school, you should only study there until you have a very solid foundation....

Martial Arts: Taiji, life long journey, commings
life long journey, commings, proper foundation: Megan, It has been proven time and again that martial arts actually strengthens weakened joins. Regardless of your physical ability you would no doubt gain at least some benefit to training. You may consider getting a physical first if you are concerned...

Martial Arts: Taiji, proper foundation, balance issues
proper foundation, balance issues, chi yang: Megan, Getting a DVD would be fine as long as you use it as like you said a supplement to your actual training. A lot of the time in a video there are certain techniques or parts of techniques left out on purpose and only with the help of an actual instructor...

Martial Arts: Teaching martial arts, shotokan karate, self defense class
shotokan karate, self defense class, teaching martial arts: That...is a very difficult question to answer. Short answer, when your teacher says that you re ready. You can always ask him or her...but be aware that Martial Arts is also a profession, and you re asking them if you can become a potential competitor...

Martial Arts: Things that your life and art have taught you, wooden dummies, sacrifice time
wooden dummies, sacrifice time, developmental impairment: To the Bo...you d be surprised how pleasant, and often difficult to use, those techniques can be. The difficulty is not in the techniques themselves, but rather in the availability of a suitable weapon. For the use of weapons, I prefer stick (escrima/arnis)...

Martial Arts: Things that your life and art have taught you, zen in the martial arts, death and judgement
zen in the martial arts, death and judgement, martial skill: Dear Brian, Actually, I spent quite a while writing an email too you. Unfortunately, about an hours work was for naught as my computer crashed and all the progress was lost. Due to time constraints I cannot re-write the entire thing, however, I have condensed...

Martial Arts: Things that your life and art have taught you, filipino martial culture, mark wiley
filipino martial culture, mark wiley, filipino martial arts: What a great question, What things have your life and art taught you which you deem most important? Studying tactics and the history of your art is just as important as practicing the physical technique. Spiritual development is more important than both....

Martial Arts: Things that your life and art have taught you, van donk, seven habits of highly effective people
van donk, seven habits of highly effective people, synergistic effort: When I first began the study of martial arts, I was a devout pacifist. I would not raise a hand against another person for any reason (you can imagine how popular I was in high school). I felt that any form of violence was useless, thoughtless, and beneath...

Martial Arts: Things that your life and art have taught you, mr donovan, dear mr
mr donovan, dear mr, self control: I have learned a few things to keep on my priority list.. trust,honesty, self control and always look at the good side of things. If you follow these you will begin to see that your life will improve over time.. it will be the little things like so&so will...

Martial Arts: Things that your life and art have taught you, allexpert, living my life
allexpert, living my life, thanks in advance: Hello Brian, Yes I am an allexpert but I don t really view my self as an expert, I m still just a student of the martial arts above anything else, I m on here just because I have a very different viewpoint of the martial arts and what I consider a unique...

Martial Arts: Things that your life and art have taught you, dear joseph, thanks in advance
dear joseph, thanks in advance, perseverance: Well Brian, I would say that my art has taught me, not to give up first time around. You might never succeed on the first try, it might take you a hundred time before you get there, but if it s possible to get there, perseverance will get you there. ...

Martial Arts: TKD offense for the tall, how to increase flexibility, flexability
how to increase flexibility, flexability, best bet: Brian, Your best bet is to stick with roundhouse(turning) kicks to the head and then switch to the body, keep your opponent thinking all the time. If your tall enough you can always block kicks WITH kicks and return them. Never let your hands drop and remember...

Martial Arts: Tonfa, japanese oak, tonfas
japanese oak, tonfas, personal preference: Hey there! Tonfa aren t my area of expertise, but I ll do what I can. Wood Type: Look for hardwood, and that s about it. Wood used for tonfa s varies by region, though japanese oak and ironwood are highly sought after for their hardness, appearance...

Martial Arts: Tonfa, ash hardwood, fitting pair
ash hardwood, fitting pair, cruches: Sean, Thanks for your question, First off I would return the tonfa that are flaking and get my money back, this should never happen to even the cheapest tonfa. If however you are rather fond of this particular set, I would first sand the wood then...

Martial Arts: Tonfa, wood glue, modern models
wood glue, modern models, 3 pieces: Michael, The construction of the tonfa plays a major role in its durability. The traditionally made tonfa are constructed of 3 pieces with the handle havng a retention pin keeping the handle in place which offers the greatest durability. The modern models...

Martial Arts: Tonfa, lacquer finish, tonfas
lacquer finish, tonfas, linear power: I currently have a pair of Tonfa that fit me extremely well with excellent balance, but are flaking all over the place (wood splinters keep on happening). The Tonfa is an extremely comforting weapon, isn t it? Unlike the nunchaku, which is all-over-the-shop,...

Martial Arts: Training in Japan -, shinjuku area, taekwondo schools
shinjuku area, taekwondo schools, aikido schools: Hi Jeff, Thanks for your email. As for Taekwondo schools, I m not sure you re going to find that there since it is Korean. At least I have never come across any there. However, as for Aikido schools, there are many schools there that tailor to foreigners...

Martial Arts: Training question., traditional shotokan karate, karate instructor
traditional shotokan karate, karate instructor, karate training: Well, all that depends on your goals. You mentioned building your endurance for matches - what kind of matches? If you ll be fighting in ju jutsu, training for muay thai won t be a good idea. This is because both styles of fighting place very different metabolic...

Martial Arts: Training Techniques, hindu pushup, hindu squat
hindu pushup, hindu squat, personal workout: Bruce Lee used a combination of weights and calisthenics for his physical development. If you look in his book, The Art of Expressing The Human Body, you can find his personal workout, I believe. In the Tao of Jeet Kune Do, he references Indian wrestling...

Martial Arts: Training tips., doing push ups, bicep curls
doing push ups, bicep curls, upper body strength: Dear Seth, Upper body strength is a problem for a lot of martial artists, and so is kick control. If you are not interested or unable to use weightlifting equipment, there are a few different things I can recommend. First, to improve upper body strength,...

Martial Arts: Training Videos, slef, bjj
slef, bjj, dojo: that is a hard one. I haven t seen more then 2 sets of videos. I have one on Bjj. unless you know the basics of the style you are going for, you will ether learn it wrong or hurt your slef and your partner... what ever style you want to learn, try to get...

Martial Arts: Trying to pick one..., korean martial art, tae kwon
korean martial art, tae kwon, san antonio tx: Derek, Well being in San Antonio you have a lot of options. Yes the three styles you are looking at are very different from each other. Tae Kwon Do is the Korean martial art known for kicking. I haven’t seen TKD be very physical until you move up in...

Martial Arts: TSD, chung do kwan, tae kwon do
chung do kwan, tae kwon do, tang soo do: Greg, Tae Kwon Do is kind of a blanket name that governs a lot of different Korean styles under its umbrella. However, some TSD schools go out of their way to point out that they re NOT TKD. It kind of depends on the instructor and his heritage . ...

Martial Arts: Type of Martial Arts, tae kwon, self discipline
tae kwon, self discipline, martial art: Hello Julian, I don t why you ve stopped practicing, you may have lost interest or feel that Tae Kwon Do isn t for you. Regardless,try different martial arts that are in your geographical area. You ll find something, and stick to it. Good luck to you. Master...

Martial Arts: Types of Martial Arts, american kenpo, japanese karate
american kenpo, japanese karate, different types of martial arts: There are certainly a lot of different types of Martial Arts out there, and not all of them are suitable for young people. Carib knife, pekiti tirsia, sambo, systema, muay thai...these are styles that I d suggest staying away from. Now, my first question...

Martial Arts: Types of martial arts, tae kwon do academy, karate do shotokan
tae kwon do academy, karate do shotokan, okinawan karate: Hmm...given the choices, I m going to suggest the Maududo school. Tae Kwon Do is a very athletic, sport environment with a lot of fun, discipline and some great moves...but Maududo has a mix of multiple styles, and will teach her more application than athletics....

Martial Arts: taek won do, shaw afb, mixed martial arts
shaw afb, mixed martial arts, tae kwon: Jean, I have not heard of Budokai, so I cannot speak for it. But as for TKD teaching you how to fight, the answer is no. I would say TKD is for more traditional training maybe cardio, or working on balance, coordination and forms. There are styles that...

Martial Arts: taekwondo stretches, crescent shape, crescent moon
crescent shape, crescent moon, decent shape: Well Nathan, Every stretch is safe as long as you don t over do it. I mean if you do #3 to the point of exhaustion.. it s going to loose its effectivness. All of these stretches are non gender related... That means that either a man or a woman could do all...

Martial Arts: taekwondo v judo?, tae kwon do school, expert profiles
tae kwon do school, expert profiles, shaw afb: Clara, First of let me apologize for the delay in this response. I have been in the field for a military exercise. I think Judo would be an excellent first style for a child. I would say Judo would be in my top 3 for starting styles especially if the...

Martial Arts: tai chi, physical alignment, health relaxation
physical alignment, health relaxation, distinct value: Tai Chi and Qi Gong are both exercises for health, relaxation, and meditation. The main difference between Tai Chi and Qi Gong is on the Martial Art aspect. The movements of Tai Chi are designed based on the applications of combat/ fighting art. That is,...

Martial Arts: your thoughts, san shou, hostile situation
san shou, hostile situation, defense purposes: Danny: I tend to shy away from questions of the which art is better variety. However, I can see that you are not looking for an unequivocal superlative here - you just want to know which one is better suited to particular situation. Honestly, either...

Martial Arts: your thoughts, san shou, kick boxing class
san shou, kick boxing class, textbook style: Hi again Danny, Is it possible for you to study both kickboxing and wing chun? because I find both to be very useful Kickboxing for its sparring and freestyle element, plus to keep you in shape, and also the staple techniques of jabs/cross/hooks/uppercuts...

Martial Arts: time to get rank, martial arts belts, colored belts
martial arts belts, colored belts, cinder blocks: The first martial arts belts were presented my Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo, to two of his senior students in the early 1880s. The belts were black, but more like the traditional obi on Japanese kimono than today s belts. Colored belts probably came about...

Martial Arts: So much time, fellow martial artists, belt test
fellow martial artists, belt test, attention span: I really don t spend that much time as much as when I first started training. I started 3 times per week, an hour after work and maybe an hour on Saturday. However, when I was preparing for my Black Belt test, I spent every day in the dojo practicing. Once...

Martial Arts: toughness training, bone bruise, cartilage damage
bone bruise, cartilage damage, iron palm: that s out side my knowledge for the most part. I would say train lightly on it. In Iron palm they used dit-ja oils to help condition the bone, muscle, and keep from causing blood clots. If you were to train, I would say keep it in the sand. Get a bucket...

Martial Arts: tradition, karate school, walks of life
karate school, walks of life, ving tsun: Hello, honestly I feel that Ving Tsun has suffered by lack of tradition. Ving Tsun traditionally taught is a non-stagnant free flowing martial art, most schools nowadays have americanized it teaching it in a step by step method similar to your local...

Martial Arts: traditional korean form/kata, tae kwon do federation, world tae kwon do federation
tae kwon do federation, world tae kwon do federation, taebaek: Jon, Taebeck is a World Tae Kwon Do Federation kata usually taught to 1st degree brown or black belt belt students in some schools and is a Korean form that can be performed in competition. Here s a couple of links for you. http://tkdtrain.cafe24.com/trainings/poomsae/givenpoomsaes/taebaek.html...

Martial Arts: training, mr olsen, pe credit
mr olsen, pe credit, martial art: Haley, I am sorry but I do not think it is really possible to get good a a martial art without some form of guidance or instruction. Something you might consider is a lot of colleges use martial arts classes for a PE credit. That way you could get a start...

Martial Arts: training, silver spring md, martial art
silver spring md, martial art, dojo: Hello Joe, I would recommend finding a school with an instructor that you like - the instructor is more important than the martial art. Also look for a traditional (non-sport) school unless you really enjoy lots of competition. If it were my choice, I would...

Martial Arts: trying to decide which martial art to learn, practical self defence, brazilian jujutsu
practical self defence, brazilian jujutsu, rare class: Yeah ... proximity is really important, especially if you re going to stick with something/anything for more than a year. Yoshukai? Anyone can name their art anything, so I don t know what it is or what s its base. If you want me to guess, I ll have to...

Martial Arts: type of martial art to choose, mentor kids, tae kwon
mentor kids, tae kwon, kids classes: Hello thank you for your question. I am not sure of the age of your child but I am assuming he is a young teen or younger. I would suggest on of the more traditional styles for your son such as Kenpo, Tae Kwon Do or Shorin-Ryu. There are others but not...

Martial Arts: Which type of martial art is right for me?, mr olsen, different types of martial arts
mr olsen, different types of martial arts, types of martial arts: Dear Matt- There are so many types of martial arts, and I m not exactly sure which ones are offered in your area, but I will do my best to give you a few options! I hope this isn t too long! A few types of martial arts which cover what you want are: Tae...

Martial Arts: Which type of martial art is right for me?, personal reasons, martial art
personal reasons, martial art, sensei: Matt, Sorry it has taken so long for me to reply, but the questions you asked were tough, and required a lot of thought. I am looking for a school that teaches me how to use every part of my body; physically, mentally and emotionally. – Many different...

Martial Arts: what type or martial arts should i take, extreme martial arts, tae kwon
extreme martial arts, tae kwon, great shape: Danial, You wan tot look for a school that offers what is called XMA or Extreme Martial Arts. It is usually advertised in the window or in the phone book if the school has an XMA program. The XMA program is where the martial arts and gymnastics are combined....

Martial Arts: What type to train in, upper body strength, exact angle
upper body strength, exact angle, soccer season: If you are looking for upper body and core strength with lower body mobility, I would suggest a grappling style like Brazilian Jiu Jutsu. Most of the practice will focus on executing techniques with your upper body, but using your lower body for leverage....

Martial Arts: Unbalancing, martial art, martial arts
martial art, martial arts, two ways: Dear Malcolm, There are two ways to strike an opponent lost this balance and fall. One is on the mind. The other one is on the standing feet. Nearly all kinds of Martial Arts can achieve these. I hope this answers your question. Thank you for asking....

Martial Arts: can u answer something?, mixed martial art, american karate
mixed martial art, american karate, jkd: Nick, I know of a few martial arts schools in the Columbia/ Sumter area that offer the kinds of training you are looking for. The Columbia Martial Arts Training Center has a JKD like class, and here in Sumter I have a class called Modern Kali that I have...

Martial Arts: unsure, logical thinker, japanese martial arts
logical thinker, japanese martial arts, tail of the dragon: Well I cant be sure but from what you describe it sounds like he knows quite a little bit about history.. very very few people have heard of the tail of the dragon.. I myself only know its a special symbol from ancient japanese martial arts. Supposedly if...

Martial Arts: uprooting, martial arts
martial arts: LUKE, Thanks for the question. I have never heard of the term uprooting. In what context was it used? What area of Martial arts are you involved in? I wish that I could be of more help. If you tell me how it is being used, I may be of more help. Best...

Martial Arts: Ving Tsun Sifu, ving tsun, siu nim tao
ving tsun, siu nim tao, master craftsman: It has many meanings in my life. I believe that it literally means person of great skill . Any great teacher or master craftsman could be given the title of Sifu. Later, the term and Chinese character was modified to indicate a father figure or Master....

Martial Arts: video training tapes, belt instructor, arts teachers
belt instructor, arts teachers, video courses: Hello Hgarh, A good quality web sites to go to order tapes: World wide martial arts, www.wwmas.com Karate Mart : www.karate-mart.com Nothing can replace a real black belt instructor. They are good tools to use to assist with training. HS Moore,...

Martial Arts: An over view of the different martial arts, songahm taekwondo, kempo karate
songahm taekwondo, kempo karate, martial arts academy: From my experience with Tae Kwon Do (and I ve seen a lot of different types) there is very little if any practicle self defense. TKD usually encorporates a lot of high kicking, spin kicks, and generally flashy stuff, all of which is not very smart much less...

Martial Arts: Whats the difference?, self defense classes, tae kwon
self defense classes, tae kwon, karates: Hi Allison. self defense classes are fun, and are a good place to start in the basics for protecting your self. I ll do my best to give you an ideah of the styles. Karate means way of the hand, covers open hand and closed hand, kicking, blocking and...

Martial Arts: How does Wing Chun Gung Fu handle feinting?, straight punch, wing chun practitioners
straight punch, wing chun practitioners, straight blast: Hello Roger, That is an interesting question :) The answer, I feel, is in the very most basic of Wing Chun Gung Fu, and that is the straight punch (arrow punch, Chung Kuen), it is the very most basic technique in the system, and very much the most effective....

Martial Arts: Wing chun or Muay Thai....for me, chi gong, boxing classes
chi gong, boxing classes, thai boxing: Hi Joshua, First...getting in the ring is at least two years away from you. I can t think of any worthwhile, professional contests that would put a 16 year old in a full contact ring. If they do...I d be extremely wary. It s nothing against your skill...

Martial Arts: Wudang Tai Chi?, wudang tai chi, principles of tai chi
wudang tai chi, principles of tai chi, zhao bao: I make the following statements to clarify; A. History 1.Tai Chi was made known to the world in only 100 years. Any claim before that is doubtful. 2. Nearly all forms of Tai Chi in popular related to the origin of Chen Style. 3. Wudang Form may mean Style...

Martial Arts: want to be MA expert., martial arts instructor, innerself
martial arts instructor, innerself, self defence: Hello Imran, There are many subtlties making it impossible to learn martial arts from a book, email, etc. You would need an instructor to guide you in learning the martial arts. I would recommend finding a traditional (rather than sport) martial arts instructor....

Martial Arts: warming up, leg swings, stillwater oklahoma
leg swings, stillwater oklahoma, warmup: Hello Trevor, Here is a very good warmup for tournaments: do a little bit of light cardio. If you can find a place to run around at the tournament, do a little jogging (NOT sprinting). This should take you about 5 minutes. Next, do 10 leg swings...

Martial Arts: weapons that can withstand contact, china town in san francisco, wooden swords
china town in san francisco, wooden swords, perferably: Heya there Alex, Well, if your practice involves full contact sparring on a regular basis, the trouble will be finding a weapon that both won t break, and won t seriously injure you if you contact the other person. Wooden swords are generally the best...

Martial Arts: A well fit martial art, kyokushin karate, san shou
kyokushin karate, san shou, muscular health: Bryan: Though fighting style is more of an individual strategy than something that is necessarily determined by the art you practice, it s true that some arts specialize more than others. For example, Brazilian Jiu Jutsu tends to work slowly and methodically...

Martial Arts: wepons, japanese weapons, nunchaku
japanese weapons, nunchaku, personal preference: Dear Ali, I would say, that Nunchaku can generate more power than the tonfa due to the whipping generated from the chain, however the tonfa also has a swivel action from the handle. 1) Blocking. Both are good for blocking, in different ways, nunchaku...

Martial Arts: Which one is for me?, section staff, judo club
section staff, judo club, praying mantis: Need a bit more information from you, such as what schools are in your area, what you are hoping to get out of the Martial Arts training, etc. So far it sounds like you might want to look for a judo club/school, or even (if he has a location near you) looking...

Martial Arts: Another, martial art style, martial arts skill
martial art style, martial arts skill, endurance training: Tom, Of course any martial arts skill is better than nothing, but the ones I would look into would be: Krav Maga - A martial art style used by many police officers and military members. Combines endurance training with striking and some grappling. Aikido...

Martial Arts: ?????, jkd concepts, jkd training
jkd concepts, jkd training, true follower: Sifu Hampton, The question why do I try and distinguish what I train as Mixed Martial Arts. The average person that wants to learn, or have their child learn martial arts have not done much research on the subject. The idea of calling a blend of martial...

Martial Arts: -, kicking arts, sword art
kicking arts, sword art, combat fighting: A lot of the Combat Fighting/Mixed Martial Art training camps work some boxing, some kicking, and a lot of jiu-jitsu/ground work. This can be a good compliment, but, depending on your desires, you may have some trouble finding a gym that is stressing and...

Martial Arts: not sure, psi balls, qi gong
psi balls, qi gong, body mechanics: Jordan, It s way too involved a training to offer you anything really useful through this medium. Again, I advise you to use the Internet for your best resources. Wikipedia is sure to have some good information. You should also do searches on Qigong masters...

Martial Arts: ?, tae kwon do, tea kwon
tae kwon do, tea kwon, orange belt: Brian, You are lucky I am even answering such a stupid question. First of all you didnt even spell Tae Kwon Do right.. That is a huge disrespect to the art. As for how to take him down. Tae Kwon Do is meant for self defence, why would you want to harm someone...

Martial Arts: Yaw-Yan, styles of martial arts, filipino martial arts
styles of martial arts, filipino martial arts, hand art: Yes, Yaw-Yan has a lot of similarity to Muay Thai. I haven t had any personal experience with Yaw-Yan but have seen vid clips and talked to some people who ve trained in it. Most lethal filipino martial arts styles is hype. Yaw-Yan is an empty hand art that...

Martial Arts: Zui Quan, interesting art, quan
interesting art, quan, martial arts school: Hi Joseph Thanks for the question, Zui Quan as in Drunken Boxing? Its certainly an interesting art, and a very beautiful, also very difficult but very rewarding Where about are you? and I shall attempt to find a place for you to train and study Thanks...

Martial Arts: Zui Quan, internet phone book, e mail
internet phone book, e mail, quan: Billy, The question I would ask is why do you want to learn Drunken Boxing? I do not think any art is easier or harder to learn. The key is how dedicated and how much effort you put into your training. In the beginning it might be difficult to learn...

Marx, Richard: Albums, days in avalon, cdnow
days in avalon, cdnow, richard marx: Hi. Thanks for your note. Richard Marx does indeed have a Greatest Hits album which came out in 1998. It s available in record stores as well as online at various sites (amazon.com, cdnow.com, etc.). It includes most of Richard s famous songs, as well...

Mary Washington College: Cheerleading club, cheerleading coach, cheerleading club
cheerleading coach, cheerleading club, cheerleading squad: Hi! That is a good question. I cheered in high school but I did not cheer at UMW because I did not see that they were a big enough presence in the school, and I did not want to invest the time if it was not going to be appreciated by the student body. The...

Mary Washington College: Choosing MWC, personal attitude, intelligent students
personal attitude, intelligent students, top choices: Hello! Graduated in 2002, Political Science Major. Yes the school is definately not a party school. It is small, and there is not a Greek system, i.e. no frats or sororities. There is fun to be had however; it is mainly dependant on one s personal attitude...

Mary Washington College: Law Students, philosophy majors, preparing for law school
philosophy majors, preparing for law school, law degree: Hello, The University of Mary Washington does not offer a Law degree. There is no required curriculum for students interested in preparing for law school, although a lot of students wishing to enter law school after graduating become political science or...

Mary Washington College: lack of diversity-, international kid, state deparment
international kid, state deparment, international background: It is very true about the lack of diversity. The vast majority come from similar backgrounds and cultures. There is diversity however in the areas of the US that students come from. Nevertheless, I remember most of my peers being very well traveled internationally,...

Mary Washington College: Mary Washington College, political science classes, debator
political science classes, debator, understanding politics: Hello Danielle! I can understand your concern about being in a different region of the country. It might be true that you might have a less aggressive or more laid back personality than the majority of the campus, however I think this would actually work...

Mary Washington College: Mary Washington College, dc metro area, umw
dc metro area, umw, graduation: It is true that it is not a widely known university. (yet) All reports are showing that UMW is gaining in recognition steadily each year. In four years when your daughter graduates, this might not be as big of a worry for you. Also, it depends on...

Mary Washington College: Mary Washington College, math majors, freshman dorm
math majors, freshman dorm, english majors: Hello! I would say that the best Freshman dorm is Alvey Hall, because its the only one that is air conditioned. However, its at the entire opposite end of campus from the rest of the freshman dorms, so that is a drawback as far as socializing goes. The...

Mary Washington College: MWC, helping hand, roommates
helping hand, roommates, professors: Hello! Well at first I was discouraged by the hard classes. Then I figured out that as long as I put forth the effort, the professors would appreciate this and lend a helping hand. I had (maybe naively) asssumed that if I studied enough I would automatically...

Mary Washington College: mary washington college, adequate public transportation, high school seniors
adequate public transportation, high school seniors, filler grade: Hello, I believe there are two reasons why rising sophomores may change their minds about this college. There are two characteristics of the school that may not be clear/apparent or just not taken into consideration when high school seniors are making their...

Mary Washington College: Still unsure, umw, freshman year
umw, freshman year, ap classes: Hello, I m sorry about not being admitted to W&M, and I can relate as the same thing happened to me, whereas I was waitlisted at W&M, chose UMW, and decided to stay based on the friends I made and the great professors there. Hopefully, you were wait-listed...

Mary Washington College: UMW, www umw edu, flight education
www umw edu, flight education, faculty index: Yes! One of the best departments at the college. You wouldn t be disspointed. Very diverse amount of history courses offered and very knowledgeable (and likeable) professors. Check out the professors stats: http://www.umw.edu/hisa/faculty/index.htm...

Maryland: Baltimore sites
I never really got into Homicide, but a lot of their filming sites were all around downtown Baltimore. Probably one good site to visit would be Fells Point and Little Italy, not just cause of them being filming locations but also because you will be able to...

Maryland: moving to maryland
Mardella Springs is a nice area, its like an in between place, its in between a bigger town like Salisbury and a city like Baltimore. They could be moving for convenience or because they will be wanting more children and want a bigger home. This is actually...

Maryland: Moving to Maryland, prince george's county, maryland
prince george's county, maryland, schools: I m not an expert in Howard County or Montgomery Co., but I do know about Prince George s Co. and though there is a lot of improvement needed here, there is a lot of untrue rumor about our schools. There are some individual schools in the county that are excellent...

Maryland: rush hours, morning rush hour, rush hour traffic
morning rush hour, rush hour traffic, afternoon rush: Fri. rush hour tends to be longer than other days, assuming you mean the afternoon rush hour. You re also going to be going around NYC and the Jersey Turnpike can get backed up, too. If you have an EZ pass, it ll be faster at tolls. If it really does take...

Maryland: Washington DC Beltway, washington dc beltway, fatal accidents
washington dc beltway, fatal accidents, capitol beltway: The traffic is much lighter on the east side of the beltway. Montgomery County - the northern part of the beltway before you go over into VA if you re traveling west, has very heavy traffic most of the time. The eastern side is also known for having the most...

Maryland: low cost and non-alcohol fun in DC Balti area, camden yard, lucky bar
Maryland: low cost and non-alcohol fun in DC Balti area, camden yard, lucky bar, national games

Maryland: Internet service in St. Michaels, cable internet service, st michaels
cable internet service, st michaels, salisbury md: Hello John, First of all welcome to St. Michaels area,the early spring is a good time to be here after the winter grey and not so mild temperatures. The service provider that I use is out of Salisbury MD and can be reached at www.dmv.com I have used them...

Maryland: low cost and non-alcohol fun in DC Balti area, mncppc parks, smithsonian museums
mncppc parks, smithsonian museums, canoe rides: Hi David, There are a lot of low-cost, non-alcoholic things to do, BUT it depends on what you like. This Sat. there s a free open mike concert (variety of different kinds of music) in Camp Springs - around the beltway, just a couple miles west of Andrews...

Maryland: St. Michaels accomadations, st michaels, pascals
st michaels, pascals, golf resort: Hello Ginny, congratulations on your anniversary and hope you can book a room on such short notice.The Inn At Perry Cabin is way over rated anyway. If you want to be in town yet on the water I would suggest Bob Pascals St. Michaels Harbor Inn and Marina. ...

Maryland: Train routes into DC, new carrollton station, cosca park
new carrollton station, cosca park, gettysburg pa: L Durbin, I recommend New Carrollton. Amtrak is there, too. It s the orange line for the Metro train into DC. Here is a link for the station information which includes parking and fare information: http://www.wmata.com/metrorail/Stations/station.cfm?station=68...

Maryland: Trip to Baltimore - Washington DC-Virginia, morning rush hour, metro station
morning rush hour, metro station, federal holidays: Hi Bill, Metro rates are higher during rush hour. Morning rush hour is up to apparently 9:30 AM and starts again at 3:00 PM (my guess of 9:00-3:15 was wrong). The parking rates aren t different, but I believe they have special parking that is close for...

Maryland: Washington D C, metro subway system, new carrollton maryland
metro subway system, new carrollton maryland, georgetown suites: David, My expertise is more Maryland in the DC area than DC tourism, but I ve certainly toured DC many times, though I ve never stayed in a hotel there. I d be very surprised if you could find a hotel for $100 per night or less in any major U.S. city these...

Maryland: Xmas Inn, michaels md, st michaels
michaels md, st michaels, christmas spirit: hello coleridge, I am sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you but I had to go out of town for a few days. The area where I live in the middle of Eastern shore md.,is full of quaint historical towns. One of the best being St Michaels MD. Every year...

Maryland: Xmas Inn, st michaels, christmas spirit
st michaels, christmas spirit, maritime museum: Hello Coleridge, I am not sure if you have received my reply or not so I am sending another message. If you go to google and put in Christmas in St Michaels there is an excellent web page describing most of the info you are looking for. St. Michaels goes all...

Masonry/Brick Laying: church repointing, masonry mortar, masonry contractor
masonry mortar, masonry contractor, repointing: Hi Joy, If the mortar pointing is failing have it removed by hand , Mechanical means as a very last resort as in unskilled hands can lead to masonry damage and unnecessary removal of pointing. With regards to mortar for pointing, have your contractor...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Brick Veneer on Fireplace, veneer brick, brick veneer
veneer brick, brick veneer, cement slab: Hi Ron, Yes and Yes. Brick veneer should sit on a footer/foundation the same as the brick fireplace and should be tied to the other brick. The brick veneer should also be tied to a regular if it is drywall or plywood with ties. The only way to fix this is...

Masonry/Brick Laying: chimney construction, brick chimney, brick veneer
brick chimney, brick veneer, chimney construction: Hi Culver, I know that blocks with a veneer is much cheaper than solid brick. Labor on block laying is $0.30 to $0.50 per block while bricks are around $0.15 to $0.25 per brick I believe. The solid brick chimney would have to be as least three layers of...

Masonry/Brick Laying: cultured veener stone, sanded grout, stone chimney
sanded grout, stone chimney, donavin: Hi Bob, You can try cleaning it thoroughly then applying sanded grout like for tile. Use in a small section first and see if it stays. You may want to use a grout bag to squeeze it in there then press it in with a tuck tool. If you use it I would recommend...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Granite & concrete work, granite company, space shuttles
granite company, space shuttles, fire pits: Hi BZ, I know that granite has some heat resistance but I am not sure how much. I know ceramic and porcelain hold up to high heat (i.e. space shuttles). Could you call a local stone/granite company and ask there recommendation. I have seen granite in fire...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Laying Cinder block, cinder block, cinder blocks
cinder block, cinder blocks, scratch coat: Hi Mark, I did mean lay the ends and then the middle blocks. You do want a good amount of mortar inside the blocks as you go up. For that size area, you can start on one side and go across then start on the opposite side the next row. Good Luck Dan...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Leftover bricks, cinder block, donavin
cinder block, donavin, pavers: Hi Dan, Well if he charged you for them then they are yours definitely. You may be able to check your invoice and see how much you had to pay for and how much was used. They usually will only buy as much materials as they charge you for so they are more than...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Mortar mix for bricklaying, chimney stack, two chimneys
chimney stack, two chimneys, mortar mix: Hi Barbara, Yes I can. This is one of my favorite mixes for doing stone work as well because you can brush it off when semi-dry and it will not stain. Quikrete has a pro finish mortar in a red bag that is just add water. http://www.quikrete.com/ProductLines/MortarMix.asp...

Masonry/Brick Laying: old brick, soft brick, repair mortar
soft brick, repair mortar, red brick: Hi Douglas, I do not know if that will work or not. I know that solid brick is done with a soft brick on the outside and harder layers of brick towards the inside of the house. You can mud with a stucco/mortar or a repair mortar if it is a small area....

Masonry/Brick Laying: plaster over brick, exterior brick, donavin
exterior brick, donavin, lath: Hi Heidi, Sorry for the delay. You may need to paint on an adhesive to help the stucco stick to the brick. http://www.quikrete.com/ProductLines/ConcreteBondingAdhesive.asp This stuff can be painted on the surface, left to dry, then the stucco should stick...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Side Walk Slope, proper slope, donavin
proper slope, donavin, building inspections: Hi Beth, That is way too much slope for drainage. You can check with your local building inspections office for the proper slope in your area for drainage. Good Luck Dan Donavin Gorgeous Stone Stucco Tile Corp. gorgeousbuilders@yahoo.co...

Masonry/Brick Laying: slip proofing tile, tile sealer, silica sand
tile sealer, silica sand, stone tile: Hi Tyler, Here is a specialist in tile and stone sealing. http://www.stonetechnologiesinc.com/products.html?gclid=CMjc4Oy41JYCFQKNxwodm3Yzxg#2 They have a stone enhancer that can go over sealed tile or stone with this you can add one of these polymers...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Waterproofing exterior brickwork, masonry sealer, exterior brickwork
masonry sealer, exterior brickwork, donavin: Hi Annette, It is not a common practice but depending on the condition of your brick and the joints, it may be a good choice. It will save money in the long run especially if you are at the point that it has to be tuckpointed. I would never put Thompson...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Brick a gable end, roof slope, donavin
roof slope, donavin, gable end: Hi Scott, When the roof is engineered, they need to add the weight of the bricks and the mortar in the load weight of that roof section. You mason or contractor will know how much brick is going to be used so then you can figure out the weight and make...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Cleaning River Rock & Building Veneer wall, concrete backer board, tile blade
concrete backer board, tile blade, mortar mix: Hi Jack, That sounds alright, I use a wetter mortar mix instead of wetting the stone or backer board. You may want to try without first because natural stone does not pull moisture like manufactured stone does that is what makes it stick at first to the...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Dirty Block, cement blocks, donavin
cement blocks, donavin, mortor: Hi Gordon, I would scrub then to make sure you get the mortar to stick to the blocks. You want the blocks to be held together for security (against falling blocks) and stability. Good Luck Dan Donavin Gorgeous Stone Stucco Tile Corp. gorgeousbuilders@yahoo.co...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Gravel in cement block knee wall, cement block, knee wall
cement block, knee wall, donavin: Hi Gordon, It would give you the extra strength along those areas like a regular footer on a slab. If these are load-bearin points, I would go head and have it filled with concrete. If you have engineered plans, they will state if the blocks need to be filled...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Laying pavers over existing concrete patio, laying pavers, colored mortar
laying pavers, colored mortar, sanded grout: Hi Amanda, To lay it out you need the find the very center of the patio, then you can measure your cuts and start in a corner. I prefer mortar when going on top of concrete, you can use the colored mortar it should be fine. Polymetric sand is another option...

Masonry/Brick Laying: leveling and repairing a concrete patio, laying a flagstone patio, water seeps
laying a flagstone patio, water seeps, stone contractor: Hi, You need a stone contractor to work the material correctly. A brick or block mason or a concrete contractor do not have the specialized tools and skills that stone requires. Ardex AM 100 isw one of the best floor repair products on the market. Ardex also...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Pointing, cement mortar, mortar mix
cement mortar, mortar mix, sandy colour: Hi Barry, You can go on quikrete s website to find dry color to add to mortar mix that will color to match what you have. You may have to do some experimenting to get the color you want. Use a just add water mix from either quikrete or sakrete that will...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Poured Concrete Porch, concrete porch, donavin
concrete porch, donavin, water leakage: Hi Debra, You want complete removal to fix the leaking problems and make sure it is done right. You can have a general contractor to oversee removal and hire the right contractors for each part of the project. Good Luck Dan Donavin Gorgeous Stone...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Prep for veneer stone over painted brick fireplace, brick fireplace, cement board
brick fireplace, cement board, veneer stone: Hi Ken, You can screw the cement board (rough side out) to the wall. Make sure you screw into studs and follow instructions on the cement board. You do not need a scratch coat or wire lathe on top of cement board. Mix your mortar then pour small amounts...

Masonry/Brick Laying: pavers over concrete block wall, sherwin williams paint stores, sherwin williams paint
sherwin williams paint stores, sherwin williams paint, brick pavers: Hi Sheryll, Sherwin Williams paint stores can tell you exactly what to use for that. They are experts on it and I would not bother going anywhere else to ask about what would work. Good Luck Dan Donavin Gorgeous Stone Stucco Tile Corp. gorgeousbuilders@yahoo.co...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Stone Fireplace, scratch coat, seam tape
scratch coat, seam tape, stone fireplace: Hi Tom, I apologized if this took awhile to get to you I had answered and submitted it but it did not go through. If you use durarock, you do not need a scratch coat or wire mesh. I would use the self-stick grip seam tape and a smooth mortar over the joins...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Cutting brick flush, indoors, tile blade, dry masonry
tile blade, dry masonry, brick fireplace: Hi Jim, You will need to strip the paint off the bricks to get stone to stick well. You can use a wire brush on a drill or angle grinder or use stripping chemicals and scrappers. If you want to use chemical stripper, go to a Sherwin Williams for advise...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Cutting concrete block, masonry blade, slump block
masonry blade, slump block, angle grinder: Hi Jim, You can use an angle grinder with a dry cutting diamond/masonry blade. Be careful not to crack the block because you may have to chisel some of the block out with a cold chisel or air hammer. Good Look Dan Gorgeous Stone Stucco Tile Corp...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Flashing Manufactured Stone around windows, stone veneer, wall cavity
stone veneer, wall cavity, drip edge: Hi Ron, Sorry it took so long to get back to you. Stone and brick veneer are for looks only and add no waterproofing or structural protection to a building. A building needs to be waterproofed before the stone or brick as if nothing else is going on the...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Leak thru porch floor into basement
Masonry/Brick Laying: Leak thru porch floor into basement

Masonry/Brick Laying: Leak thru porch floor into basement, waterproofing specialist, brick mason
waterproofing specialist, brick mason, laundry detergent: Hi Harold, My only advice would be to try to drylock your basement or hire a basement waterproofing specialist to Drylock it for you. There are many reasons a concrete basement can have water coming in it so the porch may or may not be the solution. You...

Masonry/Brick Laying: leaking brick veneer, brick veneer, mortar joints
brick veneer, mortar joints, brick sealer: Hi Mark, I have answered this before if you want more details on brick veneer. A house should be completely sealed prior to the brick veneer. It is a veneer only and that means it offers no structural or waterproofing to the home. Good Luck Dan...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Masonry fireplace replace excisting stone, masonry fireplace, mortar mix
masonry fireplace, mortar mix, rotary hammer: Hi Mike, It will be very hard work to remove the stone and start over. You could use a sledge hammer or rotary hammer to take off the rock but you may destroy the wall behind it. You may be able to cover the wall in a few layers of mortar until it is smooth...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Sealer for painted cinder block wall, cinder block wall, concrete sealants
cinder block wall, concrete sealants, masonry sealers: Hi Jesse, The Jasco should be fine to seal the cinder block wall. It will be glossier than the other sealer. http://www.enduroseal.com/Concrete_Sealants.htm make some very good masonry sealers as well. Good Luck Dan Donavin Gorgeous Stone Stucco...

Masonry/Brick Laying: splitting granite rock, granite rock, ft diameter
granite rock, ft diameter, time and patience: Hi William, Yes you can split it with a sledge and chisel. That is how it was done for thousands of years before. If you are familiar with wood, try to follow veins in it like you would grains in wood. These are where it would be the easier to split. It...

Masonry/Brick Laying: brick faces popping off during the winter, cinder block wall, engineering brick
cinder block wall, engineering brick, indoor swimming pool: You obviusly have porous absobant brick i m afraid. It sounds severe and i am guessing having been built for some time. At design stage it should have been made clear what the construction of the bricks were for and then it would have been changed to a semi...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Cement pier for pergola post, cement pier, quickrete
cement pier, quickrete, question pool: Hi Rich, I believe you sent this to me in the decks section but it was waiting to be answered in the masonry section. Here is the answer again because I didn t want to leave you in the question pool. They use seven days as the cure time to get the rated...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Cleaning flagstone, donavin, pressure washing
donavin, pressure washing, sponge: Hi David, I usually use something mild like dawn and a sponge. Muriatic acid is about the strongest thing I would use on stone. This is a specialty stone cleaner that you can use more aggressively than the acid. http://www.contractorsdirect.com/Stone-Magic-Cleaner?sc=8&category=20527...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Driveway, expansion joints, rain check
expansion joints, rain check, donavin: Hi Mike, As long as you use treated 1x4 s to wrap the concrete you are pouring up to you should be fine. You can use these for your expansion joints as well and have a consistent look. Decent stampable overly concrete starts around $2 a sq. ft. that is on...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Speed block vs. Standard block, speed block, variance
Masonry/Brick Laying: Speed block vs. Standard block, speed block, variance, mortar

Masonry/Brick Laying: Mortar mix, mortar mix, portland cement
mortar mix, portland cement, quickrete: Hi Nicholas, Your welcome I hope I helped or steered you in the right direction. I know that it is formulated for high strength and used in concrete and mortar but I could not find out specifically why and where it should be used. I know that there are some...

Masonry/Brick Laying: masonry steps w/veneer, cinder block, donavin
cinder block, donavin, cinderblocks: Hi Brad I like an inch to inch and a half overhang on steps. much more and it is a trip hazard. Yes you can mortar brick right to cinder block just do not paint or waterproof the cinder block first. Good Luck Dan Donavin Gorgeous Finish Works, LLC...

Masonry/Brick Laying: parging or pointing a chimney after a roofing job., roofing job, roofing company
roofing job, roofing company, brick work: Hi Anne, The main issue is if there is a leak who will cover it. Most shingle manufactures cover the installation of their shingles for a set period of time only if they are done by their specific instructions. I would have the roofing company get the details...

Masonry/Brick Laying: poor drainage garage floor, concrete leveler, floor leveler
concrete leveler, floor leveler, repair mortar: Dear Marilyn One way is to pour a 2 to 3 inch slab on top of a layer of sand on top of your old slab. The other way is to use concrete leveler or floor repair mortar which takes much more experience to properly install than most concrete workers have. I...

Masonry/Brick Laying: refacing brick fireplace with fieldstone, brick fireplace, metal lathe
brick fireplace, metal lathe, concrete screws: Hi Dara You have a few options to replace your fireplace with flagstone. Because of the painted brick you cannot safely stone over the brick. You can install metal lathe over the brick with concrete screws and install the stone on top of that if the extra...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Speed block vs. Standard block, speed block, h blocks
speed block, h blocks, donavin: Hi Kaleb This question is a little out of my specialty but I will give you all the help I can. In most circumstances, standard is more sound and can run truer to plumb. This is a good resource for information about speed block. ftp://imgs.ebuild.com/woc/M99B020.pdf...

Masonry/Brick Laying: slab for front poch steps, cinder blocks, donavin
cinder blocks, donavin, wire mesh: Hi Brad So far so good. I recommend rebar because the wire mess does not add much strength. You can then step the rebar up and back to tie in the cinder blocks for the steps. I would not pour below 30 degrees. When the water in the concrete freezes, it does...

Masonry/Brick Laying: tuckpoint, mortar mix, quikcrete
mortar mix, quikcrete, gaping holes: Hi Louise Quikcrete has some ready mixed mortar repair in buckets for smaller repairs. For gaps over 1/2 inch you can use blended mortar mix. It is in a red bag and is pretty cheap. A 80 lb. bag will lay and grout 40 sq. ft. of stone so it should be enough...

Masonry/Brick Laying: WATERPROOFING A ROOF CEMENT., roof cement, drylock
roof cement, drylock, sherwin william: Hi, I dont know if you noticed my profile but i am from the United Kingdom GB and only answer uk construction questions. But from what you are telling me the product Drylock, if its working in the garage for the climate, should work just as well...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Brick crumbling, brick repair, porous surfaces
brick repair, porous surfaces, home improvement store: Hi MJ, Eight years seems soon for brick to be crumbling. The mortar shouldn t have even cured to full strength by now. We have taken brick off homes built in the sixties and it is harder to remove than brick laid two months ago. For stone, we have good luck...

Masonry/Brick Laying: brick step repair, building stairs, donavin
building stairs, donavin, front steps: Hi Bill, This a great site with step by instructions and pictures. http://www.kleinberg.com/stepconstruction.htm That link takes you to the instructions but you can click on the brick step link to get ideas and see pictures. Write back if you have more questions....

Masonry/Brick Laying: Concrete floor repair, flooring problems, insulation board
flooring problems, insulation board, style bungalow: Hi Joe, I have taken out the two by fours that were set in concrete and have rotted. We used quikcrete floor repair concrete and built a showroom on top. This worked fine. You can tile on top of rough concrete if you have a good installer and it will look...

Masonry/Brick Laying: cement driveway, donavin, concrete coatings
donavin, concrete coatings, de icer: Hi Lome, There are a good number of sealers you can buy. There are also concrete coatings that can change the color of it as well. These go on before the sealer. Check for best warranty and how they stand up to salt and freezing. It should have epoxy in...

Masonry/Brick Laying: concrete block wall, concrete block wall, hand grinder
concrete block wall, hand grinder, drain tiles: Hi Ray, It will be harder without chemicals but will be more pleasant to live in while you are working on it. There are wire brushes that fit on a drill or grinder made to strip paint. These are the ones you want not the ones made for welding. It will...

Masonry/Brick Laying: drainage weirdness, inch pvc, rain event
inch pvc, rain event, privacy walls: Hi Brad Yes you can use them. Only place them where they will be seen and use standard blocks for support where you will not see them. Now that you saw pics on how to do it step by step I hope it seems clearer. The easiest way is the way on that site with...

Masonry/Brick Laying: what should be first??, square holes, donavin
square holes, donavin, decorative walls: Hi Brad, Run the rebar into the ground and let them stick as long as they are. Measure and place them to go in between your blocks when you lay them. Use the metal ties to connect the two pieces or four pieces in the concrete then tie to it with the wire...

Masonry/Brick Laying: frostline and block steps, sand and gravel, frostline
sand and gravel, frostline, best bet: Hi Brad, It is what I am here for. You can ask as much as you need to. Is there any new housing in your county getting block steps? If you can find one with masons on it it would be the best bet. I stick to the second answer I gave you to bury a whole block...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Garage cinder block Wall, cinder block wall, repair mortar
cinder block wall, repair mortar, cinder blocks: Hi Mr. Cook I would recommend cleaning out the foam using the jack and filling with mortar and concrete. Make sure you use a repair mortar/concrete with the highest psi strength you can find. You may have to leave the jack in place until it reaches the...

Masonry/Brick Laying: overdig needed?, gravel bed, cement block
gravel bed, cement block, pouring concrete: Hi Brad, The buried row will the perimeter and be the first two treads. Then you can fill the rest in. You do this on every row until the top. Dry set into gravel for your buried row then motor the exposed levels. Good Luck Dan Donavin Gorgeous...

Masonry/Brick Laying: pointing a brick wall, wall stucco, donavin
wall stucco, donavin, brick wall: Hi Wayne, You can point it if you want to cover it with something later. The blocks and mortar are not waterproof, it is whatever they coated the outside with. The blocks and mortar absorb water and can let it through if there is enough constant water....

Masonry/Brick Laying: removing antique marble mantles, marble fireplaces, marble mantles
marble fireplaces, marble mantles, marble and granite: Hi Heidi, Wow, four marble fireplaces over 150 years old. My best advice is to call a marble and granite installation company and see if they will buy a couple and give you a discount on removing the ones you want to keep. Marble is very heavy and when it...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Small patio, paving slabs, home improvement store
paving slabs, home improvement store, harsh winters: Hi Gaven We lay pavers on both sand and on mortar. We use mortar when there is concrete or durock under them and sand and fine gravel on dirt or grass. First string out the area you are going to lay with pavers. Then measure diagonal from the corners to...

Masonry/Brick Laying: slab and decorative wall, gravel base, cement pad
gravel base, cement pad, stack blocks: Hi Brad, I am glad I could help. You could call your county building inspectors to ask about footers for cinder block in your specific frost line. They would know much more than me on how deep it needs to be to work in your area. We go 12 here for a load...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Washing newly coated concrete, grey concrete, hose spray
grey concrete, hose spray, donavin: Hi Jeff, I would be careful of not following their instructions. Did the sealer recommend waiting 30 days on fresh coating? if it didn t then should be okay with a light rinse to make sure the dirt does not get sealed into the coat. I would not pressure...

Masonry/Brick Laying: zud cleanser, home improvement stores, ace hardware
home improvement stores, ace hardware, donavin: Hi Rich I take you have checked the local home improvement stores. You can try an Ace Hardware they usually carry different brand items than the bigger chains do. I would check in a brick and block supplier to see if they carry it or something similar....

Masonry/Brick Laying: Brick Patio problems, cement mortar, cement base
cement mortar, cement base, gravel base: Hi Joe, The cement base is the best way to go but there is a few other options. You can set them thick in mortar on a solid and compacted gravel bed but it still may settle a little. It would save you having to concrete first. You can then grout the pavers...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Concrete Slab, sanded grout, fiber reinforcement
sanded grout, fiber reinforcement, pea gravel: Hi Michael, You can do it and the wire is a good start. You may have to use something more like a decorative concrete product or add fiber reinforcement to a mix designed to be poured 1/2 to an 1 thick. I would recommend pavers grouted flush with a sanded...

Masonry/Brick Laying: concrete block/cultured brick chimney leak, brick chimney, cultured brick
brick chimney, cultured brick, brick veneer: Hi Mike, The sealant may or may not solve the problem. The issue is that any descent mason knows that block and brick absorb water. They either Drylock the inside of the block walls or build it against a waterproof surface. I would have work stopped and...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Deteriorating mortar in fieldstone pillars, premixed mortar, brick mortar
premixed mortar, brick mortar, floor joists: Hi Garreth, The best thing to do is jack and level anything resting on the sinking foundation. Then you can brace it and remove the damaged sections and dig and pour 24 concrete footings and build up with cinder blocks to the structure. If this is out...

Masonry/Brick Laying: exposed interior brick, red brick wall, dangerous chemicals
red brick wall, dangerous chemicals, donavin: Hi Tim, Are you going to rebrick the wall or are you going to plaster over the wall? If the mortar is soft, you should redo the brick before you get more problems. A pressure washer should clean off what you need without dangerous chemicals. Write back with...

Masonry/Brick Laying: How to lay masonry block on a preexisting garage slab, anchor bolts, rebars
Masonry/Brick Laying: How to lay masonry block on a preexisting garage slab, anchor bolts, rebars, rebar

Masonry/Brick Laying: New foundation termite spray, termite chemicals, little critters
Masonry/Brick Laying: New foundation termite spray, termite chemicals, little critters, concrete slab

Masonry/Brick Laying: fixing a loose slate piece on porch, slate piece, cold chisel
slate piece, cold chisel, tile adhesive: Hi Toni, Thinset is tile adhesive found in the flooring section of a home improvement store. Make sure the bag you get says approved for exterior use. You may have to use a grinder or cold chisel to chip away whatever is there. You can apply the thinset directly...

Masonry/Brick Laying: garage cinder walls seperating from each other, cinder block walls, concrete piers
cinder block walls, concrete piers, donavin: Hi Kevin, It sounds like there was not proper prep work done and a deep enough footer poured. It may be repairable with a ramjack or similar system involving concrete piers used to level and support the foundation. You can then repair the cinder block afterwards....

Masonry/Brick Laying: How to lay masonry block on a preexisting garage slab, concrete nails, tapcon screws
concrete nails, tapcon screws, wire ladder: Hi Chris You can run sill seal under the new pressure treated green plates. This a roll of thin blue foam that comes in different widths based on two by four or two by six wall plates. This is mostly an insulator but it does offer some protection. I would...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Masonry flashing, brick mason, donavin
brick mason, donavin, roofer: Hi Heidi, The house and roof should be sealed from water before the brick mason started. Part of that is the mason s job and the other part is the roofers. If the brick went on before the roofing, the brick mason should have flashed before they started....

Masonry/Brick Laying: New foundation termite spray, termite control company, pest control company
termite control company, pest control company, donavin: Hi Charles, I am sorry I was not clear. For termite protection, after excavation, a termite control company will spray the ground under where the concrete will be poured. They do not have to be there on hand when the concrete is being pored. Usually the...

Masonry/Brick Laying: painting textured concrete block, home improvement stores, addition products
home improvement stores, addition products, donavin: Hi Jessica You can paint the brick if you want. You can try a exterior paint on everything but test a small section of the brick first. If the brick does not take you may have to coat the brick first. There is a adhesive coating you can put on the brick...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Redo brick patio, brick patio, donavin
brick patio, donavin, gendron: Hi Janel, You can prevent weeds and cracking by digging a 4 inch foundation and compacting 2 inches of gravel then 2 inches of sand. Once you have this level you can lay your brick and press a fine sand in between with a rubber float. If you want, you can...

Masonry/Brick Laying: BBQ, concrete footing, rough brick
concrete footing, rough brick, brick bbq: Hi Bill, Yes good idea. If you pull up the pavers in the area, you can start the block or brick right on the concrete pad. You may need to adjust the thickness of your mortar on the first two rows to match up to the existing. If you are going to cover it...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Cement work, cement work, donavin
cement work, donavin, tie wire: Hi Keith, You probably should check your local buildings codes to see if they have any specific instructions on how they want concrete secured first. They should have a code on how far apart the rebar can be. You may be able to just sink it in the corners...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Concrete patio, pest control company, donavin
pest control company, donavin, aross: Hi Lisa, Pouring over dirt is fine as long as they have tamped and leveled it properly. They should have a pest control company spray the area and then lay plastic down before they lay down the mesh. Make sure they do that and take a string and run it along...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Crack in front wall, air chisel, facing bricks
air chisel, facing bricks, mortar mix: Hi Steven, I am not sure exactly what you are asking. The cracks come from a few different reasons. Incorrect installation, including incorrect mortar mix, too much water or just poorly made blocks. When blocks are mass produced, not all come out perfect...

Masonry/Brick Laying: cement, repair mortar, donavin
repair mortar, donavin, hi jack: Hi Jack, If you do do not care if it matches the color exactly you can use a repair mortar it comes premixed or in small bags you can mix by hand. Use a small trowel or a grout bag to put it where you need it. When it gets semi dry, you can smooth it out...

Masonry/Brick Laying: cement mix, laying concrete blocks, mortar mix
laying concrete blocks, mortar mix, cement mix: Hi Richard, I normally use 250 to 280 lbs of sand per 80 lbs of mortar mix. Each brand of mix should have mixing instructions on it. If you are not doing a lot of blocks, you can use a ready mix like Quikrete pro finish mortar mix. Good Luck Dan...

Masonry/Brick Laying: cleaning inside brick wall without acid can it be done?, bristle brush, stiff bristle
bristle brush, stiff bristle, brick wall: Hi Mitchell, The acid a stiff bristle brush is the easy way to clean it. You may be able to find homeowner friendly brick cleaners on the market now. I would check a building supplier that sells brick and block to see what they offer or have heard about...

Masonry/Brick Laying: concrete, concrete grinder, donavin
concrete grinder, donavin, nice finish: Hi Fredi, It was good to have it poured in the 8x8 sections to prevent cracking. The peeling could be a few different reasons. If the concrete was not mixed enough times before getting poured the aggregate, sand and Portland all ended up in different levels....

Masonry/Brick Laying: concrete coating/stain, concrete pool, donavin
concrete pool, donavin, concrete coating: Hi Paul, Behr makes a good product and I would definitely recommend a epoxy floor coat. Concretenetwork.com can give you must more detailed information on stains, sealers and resurfacing concrete. They also have suppliers listed by area and reviews of products....

Masonry/Brick Laying: concrete sealer, concrete sidewalk, donavin
concrete sidewalk, donavin, concrete sealer: Hi Burt, Usually, we seal decorative concrete with a clear epoxy that dries to a few thousand psi. Concretenetwork.com will have a glossary of sealers for your stamped sidewalk and which ones will work best in your area. They also have a listing of local...

Masonry/Brick Laying: curved paver sidewalk, laying pavers, donavin
laying pavers, donavin, stucco: Hi Tom, I would start at your highest point and work downhill. You want a little bit of a slope to let water run off. Something like an inch over 6 feet. You may want to do the outside edge of the curve the whole way and come back and fill in the rest....

Masonry/Brick Laying: cutting slate rock, slate rock, chipping hammer
slate rock, chipping hammer, diamond blade: Hi William, I have had trouble with a chipping hammer on certain stones myself. An angle grinder with a diamond blade for dry cutting will work. There is a lot of dust and tiny chips so be careful. The best way to cut anything that hard is with a wet saw...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Fixing, painting? concrete, concrete floor paint, concrete paint
concrete floor paint, concrete paint, painting concrete: Hi Frank, A concrete floor repair or floor leveling mix should work for cracks. A good Behr concrete paint or stain will work. A concrete floor paint that is oil based and a urathane product works the best I think. Good Luck Dan Donavin Gorgeous...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Foundation Block Wall, ready mix mortar, air chisel
ready mix mortar, air chisel, cinder blocks: Hi Tyler, Replacing a few cinder blocks is not to difficult if you are up to some manual labor. You can get a ready mix mortar that you just add water to. I usually use a sledge hammer and an air chisel or rotary hammer with a chipping bit to remove the...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Landscape blocks, adhesive bonds, air hammer
Masonry/Brick Laying: Landscape blocks, adhesive bonds, air hammer, mortar

Masonry/Brick Laying: stucco repair, bonding agent, stucco
Masonry/Brick Laying: stucco repair, bonding agent, stucco, two ways

Masonry/Brick Laying: How do I install raw slate rock, premixed mortar, brick mortar
premixed mortar, brick mortar, slate rock: Hi Terry, If you have hardibacker, you do not have to put up mesh and run a scratch coat. You can use a stone or brick mortar to apply the slate directly to the hardibacker but make sure you have a lot of screws in the hardi because slate is heavy. The best...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Landscape blocks, rotary hammer, mineral spirits
rotary hammer, mineral spirits, air chisel: Hi John, PL says that you may be able to use mineral spirits or a similar adhesive remover to remove small amounts of it but you may need to chisel the blocks apart. If it is fully cured, you may bust the blocks while removing them. A small solid floor...

Masonry/Brick Laying: masonry bits, masonry bits, percussion drill
masonry bits, percussion drill, donavin: Hi Bill, We have drilled through concrete many times without a hammer drill but it was always using a corded drill to get the high RPM s. I think we could have done it with a good cordless drill with a full charge or two. Asphalt is much softer you may...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Paver Brick sand usage, brick walkway, polymeric sand
brick walkway, polymeric sand, techni seal: Hi Dan, The techni seal is designed to be used in the joints after pavers are installed. The polymeric is actually not designed for a sand bed so you should have no problem running regular sand for a bed to lay the pavers. Good Luck Dan Donavin Gorgeous...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Stone Patio, dishwashing detergent, masonry supply
dishwashing detergent, masonry supply, plants and trees: Hi Noel, I would say a pressure washer but it may hurt the grout. You can get what they call an acid brush from a masonry supply company. Use that with 5 to one vinegar to water mix and carefully scrub the stones and be easy around the grout. Good Luck...

Masonry/Brick Laying: shower tile question, dust collection system, shower tile
dust collection system, shower tile, air sander: Hi Paul, I do not think there is a chemical that would remove it without staining the concrete. If you are going to continue the tile all the way up, I would use an air sander to remove it and all the residue then acid to clean and prepare the surface for...

Masonry/Brick Laying: stucco repair, finished texture, stucco repair
finished texture, stucco repair, rough texture: Hi Wendy, If the old stucco is painted or sealed my may want to a bonding agent. You find it in the concrete section and just brush it on and let it dry. Usually you can apply stucco to it the next day. Good Luck Dan Donavin Gorgeous Finish Works...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Texture coating outdoor/cinder block walls, cinder block walls, cinder block wall
cinder block walls, cinder block wall, paddle mixer: Hi Rick, The easiest way to put on stucco is with a rubber float like for grouting tile. Bonsal makes a reinforced stucco product is the easiest to apply and it is a one time application. It has fibers in it that adds to the texture of it. If you can, try...

Masonry/Brick Laying: ugly exterior, sanded grout, brick exterior
sanded grout, brick exterior, donavin: Hi Kelly, You can paint it or you can acid stain it. Both are time consuming and take some delicate work to get the results you want. If the grout joins are not flush, you may be able to cover it with sanded grout in any color you want. That will not work...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Water seepage through block wall, water seepage, masonry block
water seepage, masonry block, drainage system: Hi Tom, Large amounts of water can make the soil under the footer sink or erode over time. Houses are supposed to be built and graded to keep water from doing this but you can not really be sure unless you survey your property and house with a laser. You...

Masonry/Brick Laying: brick home with chimney, drylock, tapcons
drylock, tapcons, donavin: Hi Bobbie, You can try a few different sealers or a paint like drylock over the entire brick of the chimney. If you want to side it, you can set 2x4 s on the corners and 16 on center or 24 apart at the most. You put these vertical with tapcons or hardened...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Clay paver problem, clay paver, polymeric sand
clay paver, polymeric sand, donavin: Hi Caroline, There is Miracle Cleaners and Sealers work good. You need to check the specs to get the one that will not harm the pavers. Otherwise we use a pressure washer with no soap usually. Start on a low level and check often to make sure it does not...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Crack line in a new home, donavin, building a new home
donavin, building a new home, crevice: Hi Aimee, I have not done that one my stone work in new construction. I have had cheap and poorly manufactured stone crack down the corners after installation. I have never had that happen with good stone or natural stone either, Good Luck Dan Donavin...

Masonry/Brick Laying: cement porch repair, repair mortar, flooring center
repair mortar, flooring center, sakrete: Hi Rodger, I have never adhered concrete pieces to concrete. For what the epoxy would cost and the trouble of forming to hold the pieces in place, you could just pour a repair mortar. Diesel fuel applied with a sprayer used to be the standard release agent...

Masonry/Brick Laying: concrete walks, exact product name, concrete walkway
exact product name, concrete walkway, donavin: Hi Bob, I know that Quikrete and Ardex both make products to do what you want you can check their sites to get an exact product name. www.quikrete.com www.ardex.com The other option is the filler that comes in a large caulk tube for tennis courts. Good...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Discontinuing a window well, donavin, window wells
donavin, window wells, basement window: Hi Mark, If you are ready for a some work, I have a great solution for you. You need to dig out and lay drainage from the bottom of the window well lower than the window itself. You can remove the window wells and build stepped retaining walls with block,...

Masonry/Brick Laying: decorative brick wall, decorative brick, brick wall
decorative brick, brick wall, donavin: Hi Kathie, A good brick supply company like Old Castle or Adams Products Company should carry them if you are on the south east coast. A good landscaping supply store may have them as well but I would not guarantee it. Good Luck Dan Donavin Gorgeous...

Masonry/Brick Laying: faux stone repair, diamond blade, angle grinder
diamond blade, angle grinder, donavin: Hi Marc, I would break off or grind off the mortar on the stone but you can leave the mortar on the wire mesh. If the mortar on the wire makes the stone stick out too much, you can grind it off but avoid using a hammer on the wall. An angle grinder with...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Mortar for old handmade bricks, brick mortar mix, handmade bricks
brick mortar mix, handmade bricks, sea shells: Hi Jane, To be true to NC, you can use a mortar made with crushed sea shells but not really necessary now a days. I would recommend a regular type S brick mortar mix that you add cleaned sand to. You can add dry color to the mortar mix while mixing to make...

Masonry/Brick Laying: masonry blcok wall- retaining wall?, donavin, mr cook
donavin, mr cook, retaining wall: Hi Wendy, Is this wall connected to anything else or the driveway? If it was a retaining wall built before or during construction of the house, it will need to be replaced and this time set and braced correctly. The crack you can fix with surface-bonding...

Masonry/Brick Laying: patio tiles, masonry surface, repair mortar
masonry surface, repair mortar, quikrete: Hi David, The form is a good idea. On the inside of the form, you can chalk lines for your concrete to have it sloped away from the house but also level along the house. Ardex makes a product called AM 100. It the the Gold standard for repair mortar. It...

Masonry/Brick Laying: pavers, dish soap, donavin
dish soap, donavin, soap and water: Hi Robin, If they are natural stone, you do not have to coat them. I would ask the place you bought the manufactured ones from about the finish and recommendations on sealing them. It is pretty easy and inexpensive to put a clear sealer on them and have...

Masonry/Brick Laying: porch slab pitch, hills and valleys, donavin
hills and valleys, donavin, bucket of water: Hi David, I can see that there are low spots because the water standing in puddles. The other way to tell is with a long straight 2x4 or other board. Just slide it over the area and you can see where the high and low parts are. You can put a level on it...

Masonry/Brick Laying: porous brickwork and damp, row of bricks, drylock
row of bricks, drylock, thoroseal: Hi Ade, Usually, the outside row of bricks is the most porous and the bricks should be harder and less porous each row to the inside. I would replace the porous bricks that are causing the leaks. You may be able to use a waterproofer like drylock or thoroseal...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Structural concrete block support, concrete backer board, propane tank
concrete backer board, propane tank, cinder block: Hi Scott, You can build a form the size and shape you want the roof and pour your concrete in the form and flip it upside down and set it in place. YOu can set bolts or another type of anchor in it while it is wet if you need to as well. I would recommend...

Masonry/Brick Laying: speed block, speed block, donavin
speed block, donavin, stucco: Hi Ty, You may try Midwest block and brick. You can use quikrete fast wall or another surface bond cement to build a block wall without mortar as long as it is not a house foundation. Good Luck Dan Donavin Gorgeous Stone Stucco Tile Corp. gorgeousbuilders@yahoo.co...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Window brick in., pastry bags, brick and stone
pastry bags, brick and stone, donavin: Hi Paul, Use a grout bag. They look like big pastry bags sold by brick and stone tools. You will have to adjust your mix till it flows nicely out of tje bag though. Good Luck Dan Donavin Gorgeous Stone Stucco Tile Corp. gorgeousbuilders@yahoo.co...

Masonry/Brick Laying: block brick construction, contractor source, find contractor
contractor source, find contractor: Hi Colleen, Where are you located? Servicemagic.com prescreens contractors and should be able to help you find someone qualified. Merchantcircle.com is another great source to find a business and see reviews and customer comments. Good Luck Dan Donavin...

Masonry/Brick Laying: brick stone /exterior application/ ashlar style, brick ties, scratch coat
brick ties, scratch coat, stone veneer: Hi Cliff, If you are installing a brick face to a house, you use ties and a 1/2 air gap between the brick and the house. The house is waterproofed with tar paper and flashing and drain holes are left in the mortar at the bottom of every wall. If you are...

Masonry/Brick Laying: bricklaying course, laying bricks, mortar bed
laying bricks, mortar bed, bricklaying course: Danny, First and foremost is that not all if, any attending the course will have building experience. The main thing is you give it all your attention and focus on the matter in hand. Bricklayers are not made overnight and it takes a lot of time to apply...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Cinder Block Chimneys, cinder block, mortar joints
cinder block, mortar joints, chimney cap: Hi Paulette, Water can wick through cinder block and mortar. You can have them seal it and see what happens but I would check the chimney cap and where the chimney connects to the house. Good Luck Dan Donavin Gorgeous Stone Stucco Tile Corp. ...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Concrete Staining, floor adhesive remover, donavin
floor adhesive remover, donavin, floor scraper: Hi Amy, Yes you can but find one that dries fast and it needs to stay dry long enough to cure. Try to texture with artificial sand or another type of grit because wet sealed concrete will be very slippery. Good Luck Dan Donavin Gorgeous Stone...

Masonry/Brick Laying: concrete floor, chain link fence, wire reinforcement
chain link fence, wire reinforcement, donavin: Hi James, The way it is put together will stretch and compress and not reinforce correctly to prevent cracking. Also, I believe is not the right type of metal for reinforcing concrete and will be eaten away quickly. Sorry I did not have good news for you...

Masonry/Brick Laying: crack in concrete porch, concrete porch, repair mortar
concrete porch, repair mortar, donavin: Hi Erin, I would say a repair mortar or crack repair/floor lever compound. Ardex Am 100 would be the best but it is on the expensive side. Quikrete and Sakrete also make good products for that. Thinset, without the tile and grout to seal it, will flake off...

Masonry/Brick Laying: cultured stone, drywall screws, stone mortar
drywall screws, stone mortar, scratch coat: Hi Ed, I like Georgia Pacific s tile backer. It is blue on one side and is the easiest backer I have ever used. Wear long sleeves when cutting it it is fiberglass. You can score it and break it to cut to fit. Then use long drywall screws to attach it to the...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Manufactured Stone Chimney Veneer Weight, support thanks, law suit
Masonry/Brick Laying: Manufactured Stone Chimney Veneer Weight, support thanks, law suit, chimney

Masonry/Brick Laying: glass block windows, glass block windows, glass block mortar
glass block windows, glass block mortar, donavin: Hi K, You can use a grout/mortar sealer on it and it may get rid of the residue. I would carefully tape off the glass blocks themselves then apply the sealer. Good Luck Dan Donavin Gorgeous Stone Stucco Tile Corp. gorgeousbuilders@yahoo.co...

Masonry/Brick Laying: help needed, demolition hammer, air chisel
demolition hammer, air chisel, rubble stone: Hi Marcus, The first step is a foundation or footer to build on. If there is a solid base, you can just begin laying stone. I like using the just add water mortar mixes from Quikrete or Sakrete because they do not stain the stone. You need to wait till...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Installation of Manufactured Stone, scratch coat, donavin
scratch coat, donavin, manufactured stone: Hi Phillip, Normally, you should wait at least 24 hours to let it set up. Depending on conditions, it may set up faster. If it turns light gray, you are ready to lay stone otherwise, 24 hours is fine to wait. Good Luck Dan Donavin Gorgeous Stone...

Masonry/Brick Laying: installing manufactured stone to exterior wall, brick mortar, mortar mix
brick mortar, mortar mix, stone mortar: Hi Mike, Try tugging on the stones after a few days and see how well they stay. Sand is mostly to add compression strength and to make the mix go a lot further. The portland is the sticky part of the mix. You may be fine if it sets up hard enough. Sakrete...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Leaves in New Concrete, concrete grinder, concrete countertop
concrete grinder, concrete countertop, hand grinder: Hi Cyndi, They should have laid plastic over the concrete during curing to prevent that from happening. For that many leaves, they may have to bring a scarificer or concrete grinder/polisher to get rid of the leaves and redo the surface. Then, after a thorough...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Manufactured Stone Chimney Veneer Weight, brick veneer, stone chimney
brick veneer, stone chimney, donavin: Hi John, It does need to be supported for stone. Tell the builder to have it engineered the same way they would a brick veneer and it should be strong enough. The outside should have the footer ledge like they do for brick when they pour the concrete. If...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Masonry, building a new garage, cement floor
building a new garage, cement floor, donavin: Hi Sally, There should be a cure time on the mix for the mortar to tell you when it will be strong enough to build on. If not, you can go to the manufacturer s site and view the spec sheet. I would wait minimum 48 hours though. Also, if it is going to freeze...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Mortar Joint on Stone Wall, brick work, exact shape
brick work, exact shape, donavin: Hi Richard, I know what you are taking about and most of that will be done with the grout bag and cleaning it up with a tuck tool. That is a joint made by hand I have not seen a tool that does the whole thing. Good Luck Dan Donavin Gorgeous...

Masonry/Brick Laying: manufactured stone, cinder block wall, metal lathe
cinder block wall, metal lathe, donavin: Hi Mark, There are citrus-based adhesive removers that may take the paint off for you. You need to use a degreaser on it afterward. If not, you can paint the wall with a bonding agent you will find in the concrete or masonry section of a home improvement/building...

Masonry/Brick Laying: marble mosaic, quarry tile, marble mosaic
quarry tile, marble mosaic, repair mortar: Hi Betsy, If the brick is rough, you can use thinset or a repair mortar like Ardex AM100. If it is smooth, you need to paint it with a masonry bonding agent first then apply mortar or thinset when it is dry. I would trowel on my thinset with a 3/8 trowel,...

Masonry/Brick Laying: mortar versus caulking on brick repair, hairline cracks, mortar joints
hairline cracks, mortar joints, repair mortar: Hi Ali, It is the easy way out. When a brick joint fails, a mason needs to remove all of it and replace it. The strength and load bear has been engineered to have a determined amount of mortar mixed a certain way. Most masons do not have the degree and professional...

Masonry/Brick Laying: POLYMERIC SAND AS GROUT FOR STONE PATIO, polymeric sand, alarming pace
polymeric sand, alarming pace, sand base: Hi Philippe, I do not know about polymeric sand eating away stone. I do know that there wis a chemical reaction when it mixes with water the first time. It is supposed to be watered after installation to set it. The contractor should do that and be there...

Masonry/Brick Laying: scratch coat, scratch coat, mortar mix
scratch coat, mortar mix, donavin: Hi Dawn, Did you use a stucco scratch coat or regular mortar for the scratch coat? Try taking a stiff brush and knocking off the crumbling layer and see if there is something left. It is all crumbled or if you used the stucco coat, bang it all off the...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Bluestone steps, donavin, cold weather
donavin, cold weather, pouring water: Hi Debbi, Cold weather is hard on almost all building materials. If you can wait till it is above freezing I would recommend that. Also, he needs to drill slowly and keep pouring water on the drilling site to help prevent cracking. Good Luck Dan...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Brick Veneer Repair, brick veneer, mortar joints
brick veneer, mortar joints, veneer repair: Hi Mike, You can take out bricks above the lintel and add bracing to jack the veneer straight. You then replace the lintel with one of correct size for the load and start replacing the bricks covering it and repairing the mortar joints through the wall....

Masonry/Brick Laying: Concrete questions, crawl space vents, support piers
crawl space vents, support piers, cinder blocks: Hi Steven, There is a few different things that will make concrete do that. The amount of water, the finishing technique, the mixture can all make the top sandy. You need to use a floor repair mortar for those types of repairs, mix according to instructions,...

Masonry/Brick Laying: paving, power trowel, tar and cement
power trowel, tar and cement, concrete driveways: Hi Sam, I can tell you some about concrete but asphalt I am not too sure. Concrete driveways and such usually are charges by the yard and whatever the cost per yard for material is a decent starting point for charging to prep, pour and finish. Around here...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Quickcreting a Basement Wall, peter dodd, quickcrete
peter dodd, quickcrete, couple layers: Hi Peter, If you can can the surface of dust, you may be able to use a surface-bond cement (reinforced stucco) mix to cover and smooth the wall in your basement. Another option is to build 2x4 walls and cover with a heavy vapor barrier on the outside before...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Repair bulging bricks.., donavin, bricks
donavin, bricks, inconsistencies: Hi Karolina, You would have to pay to have the brick on that face torn off and replace. They may charge between $15.00 to $40.00 a square foot and may have to go a few feet to either side of it and all the way to the ground on that area. Do not be surprised...

Masonry/Brick Laying: replacing brick on lower 1/3 of home with cultured stone, donavin, cultured stone
donavin, cultured stone, waterproofing: Hi Barbara, The demo and complete reface would be the best way to go if you can afford it. It also gives you a chance to check and repair all the house wrap and waterproofing before you reface your home. Good Luck Dan Donavin Gorgeous Stone Stucco...

Masonry/Brick Laying: thin veneer vs. tile installation, thin brick veneer, interior plaster
thin brick veneer, interior plaster, thin veneer: Hi Duncan, You are not missing something. If they are not reengineering the floor to carry an extra load those bids are quite high. A tile installer could do an excellent job of it maybe better because they are not masons and do not know the shortcuts they...

Masonry/Brick Laying: counter flashing on chimney, roof sealant, chimney cap
roof sealant, chimney cap, stone chimney: Hi Gail, I have used roof sealant in the past with fine results. It comes in white, black and brown and has a 30 year warranty on most brands. Copper and high grade stainless steel are the best metals for use outdoors. Next is aluminum and the galvanized...

Masonry/Brick Laying: limestone stair treads, mortar mix, mortar bed
mortar mix, mortar bed, portland cement: Hi John, If it is a very small piece, exterior powergrip works very well. For a larger piece you can use mortar or a marble thinset rated for exterior. You should mix it based on the bag instructions for making mortar out of portland if you want to use...

Masonry/Brick Laying: stone over concrete porch?, asphalt shingle, brick mortar
asphalt shingle, brick mortar, porch ceiling: Hi Mary, A stone veneer would be easier to put on the sides of the porch. You can use brick mortar to attach it to the sides and would be less expensive than real stone and easier to install. I would only recommend actual stone for the top or the steps...

Masonry/Brick Laying: brick mortar, brick mortar, reclaimed brick
brick mortar, reclaimed brick, clay brick: Hi Liz, Usually we clean brick with diluted hydrochloric acid and an acid brush. This is dangerous work but the easiest way to clean mortar off brick. You could also try a wire brush but that is a lot more labor intensive. Good Luck Dan Donavi...

Masonry/Brick Laying: productivity
Masonry/Brick Laying: productivity

Masonry/Brick Laying: INSTALLING GRANITE TILES TO AN OLD BRICK FIREPLACE SURROUND, hardie backer board, cement backer board
hardie backer board, cement backer board, granite tiles: Hi Joey, A scratch coat is a thin layer of tile thinset applied with a straight edge tile to smooth out an uneven surface. After this layer is dry, you can use a 3/4 notched trowel to apply thinset to the back of the tiles. You press them on to the wall...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Installation of wrought iron railings, wrought iron railings, pool furniture
wrought iron railings, pool furniture, year weather: Hi Michael, You can carefully use a hammerdrill to drill right into the stone. I would pour water on the drill bit/ drill area while drilling. I would not do it while it is freezing. You can use a two part epoxy to set the bolts but do not tighten on them...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Laying stone over stamped concrete, donavin, diamond blades
donavin, diamond blades, home depot: Hi Jim, You can. Grinding concrete is dangerous, dusty and hard work so be prepared before you start. I know Home Depot has a floor grinder with the diamond blades to do this kind of grinding. You can check the local rentals stores as well. Good Luck...

Masonry/Brick Laying: lintels, brick veneer, freeze thaw
brick veneer, freeze thaw, donavin: Hi Vaughn, Lintels are set on top of the brick and just mortared into place. Bolting them to the house would not the brick expand and contract like it is supposed to. It sounds like settling or freeze/thaw issues. I would watch it. You can tuckpoint it...

Masonry/Brick Laying: masonary coloured pointing, coloured mortar, brick facade
coloured mortar, brick facade, tile grout: Hi Tim, it sounds like either it was not properly mixed or the mason got a bad bag of it. It could also happen when using a grout bag and the mix separates as it comes out. He needs to do it again or use a tile grout sanded and go over it again. Good...

Masonry/Brick Laying: mortar has washed out on brick wall, lowe s home improvement, mortar mix
lowe s home improvement, mortar mix, donavin: Hi Jack, I would pull out loose mortar a small section at a time and retuck with a just add water profinish mortar mix. You could use a grout bag to help this takes a little getting used to but I think it will look better and last longer. They make a metal...

Masonry/Brick Laying: mortar yields per bag 1/8"-1/4" thick, oyster shells, mortar mix
oyster shells, mortar mix, scratch coat: Hi John, I use a mortar mix and add sand to do a scratch coat. I then use surface bond cement for a final coat unless it is a special texture/effect. The side of the bags will tell you how much to order I cannot remember offhand. I call and order by sq....

Masonry/Brick Laying: productivity, brick block, donavin
brick block, donavin, rule of thumb: Hi Charity, You need to time yourself and see how fast you lay bricks. You usually do not go over 8 feet in a day to give the mortar time to set up. I can lay about 400 sq. ft. of stone a day with one helper and more than twice that much brick. Good...

Masonry/Brick Laying: repairing damaged brick wall, brick mortar, mud pan
brick mortar, mud pan, brick wall: Hi Gwen, You can remove and replace bricks a few at a time starting at the bottom of the affected area. Using a level or yard stick to bring them out as you reset the bricks, you should end up much straighter at the end. I would recommend using a just at...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Stone Veneer Installation Over Brick, cultured stone veneer, brick fireplace
cultured stone veneer, brick fireplace, traditional brick: Hi James, If the brick has a rough feel and is unpainted, you can scratch coat right over it with mortar and lay stone on it. A smooth or painted brick will need to be stripped or roughed up before adding a scratch coat. The easiest type to install is...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Tiling wooden stairs and porch, tile thinset, weatherproof barrier
tile thinset, weatherproof barrier, wooden stairs: Hi Paul, I would use thinset under the durarock/permabase, to slope it. Use a few different size notched trowels to get the slope. You can start with a 7/8 or 3/4 near the house then step down to 1/4 or so at the edge. Good Luck Dan Donavi...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Cement Piling, floor slab, stackable blocks
floor slab, stackable blocks, hollow blocks: Hi Rick sorry for taking so long to get back to you, i have never come across these blocks they are called hollow blocks i would need a picture to examine it further kierenahern@ireland.com i would prefer the traditional piles underneath floor slab ,therefore...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Limestone Slab, brick mortar, plywood floor
brick mortar, plywood floor, donavin: Hi Joe, I would lay a piece of durock down first. You can put thinset or mortar under this with a notched trowel. You can use a thick layer of mortar to set the slab. A bag of brick mortar that is just add water should be fine. Good Luck Dan Donavi...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Shoring Bricks, donavin, angle iron
donavin, angle iron, bricks: Hi Christoper, I have not had to remove bricks to take a window out before. I take the window out in pieces and usually go back with a little smaller window and bend aluminum to cap it off. If you take out the angle iron will get cracks up the wall. If...

Masonry/Brick Laying: soft brick, high strength concrete, brick mortar
high strength concrete, brick mortar, repair mortar: Hi Scott, I always like to replace bricks in these situations if I can including the surrounding mortar. You can use a high strength concrete repair grout or even use your brick mortar. Types M and N are both harder than most brick is the repair mortar...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Building posts with fieldstone, side railings, newel posts
side railings, newel posts, concrete footings: Hi Gord, You can set rebar or threaded rod into the footers to tie into a center cinder block structure and face with stone. 3-1 is normally correct but you may adjust this depending on how well it is sticking. You can look up videos online about scoring...

Masonry/Brick Laying: brick and block, brick bbq, weep holes
brick bbq, weep holes, wall ties: Hi John, For a small bbq you can do it either way. If you mortar the brick to the block, put two small weep holes in the mortar between two blocks at the bottom of boths sides and do the same with the brick. This will help keep water from being trapped....

Masonry/Brick Laying: brick/pavers, brick pavers, donavin
brick pavers, donavin, french doors: Hi Kristi, You should be able to use a heavy floor scraper to remove the rest of the glue. You then use mortar to attach the bricks to the concrete. Depending on how smooth the concrete is you can use either 1/2 inch or 3/4 an inch of mortar under the pavers...

Masonry/Brick Laying: concrete drainage trough repair, repair mortar, tile installation
repair mortar, tile installation, donavin: Hi Kevin, That looks fine to use for that. You may want to look at Ardex AM 100 floor repair mortar. Almost every professional tiler uses it to creat a floor pan in a shower or slope a concrete floor for tile installation. A concrete mix will not stick right...

Masonry/Brick Laying: using a grout bag?, kincardine ontario canada, paint mixer
Masonry/Brick Laying: using a grout bag?, kincardine ontario canada, paint mixer, grout bags

Masonry/Brick Laying: Iron Angle over a garage door., architecture section, donavin
architecture section, donavin, h beam: Hi Joan, I am not an engineer so I cannot advise exact loadbearing and so forth. I would have used a steel beam corner to corner engineered to carry the gable plus three over-roofs. I thick that angel iron is the wrong way to support that load. Good Luck...

Masonry/Brick Laying: mortar washing, extreme winter conditions, rough brick
extreme winter conditions, rough brick, donavin: Hi Laura, The thin stucco should be fine even in the cold weather but you may need to use a bonding agent depending on your type of brick. A rough brick will be fine but a smooth brick may need to be painted with a cement bonding agent before applying that...

Masonry/Brick Laying: river rock basement wall, river rock fireplace, cement wall
river rock fireplace, cement wall, concrete wall: Hi Larry, I have not done a solid wall like that and have not seen one recently. When they build them in the old days, they did not insulate them. Using a poured concrete wall, you can build a 2x4 or 2x6 wall insulate it and attach backerboard to it to...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Stoning a fireplace, wood mantle, stone veneer
wood mantle, stone veneer, donavin: Hi John, If the brick is rough, you can scratch coat it with mortar and once that coat is dry, you can attach stone veneer to it. If the brick is smooth, you may need to paint with a cement bonding agent or rough the brick with a grinder before applying...

Masonry/Brick Laying: using a grout bag?, mortar mix, masonry supply
mortar mix, masonry supply, sakrete: Hi Andrew, I like to use a just add water mix like quikretes blended mortar mix or Sakrete mortar and stucco mix. You will have to mix it then try it in the grout bag and then adjust till it comes out the grout bag like toothpaste, not to thick but not to...

Masonry/Brick Laying: water leaks in a stone exterior home, water leaks, donavin
water leaks, donavin, warrenties: Hi Wendy, I would recommend King Kaulk or Big Stretch for that. They both have the best expansion and warrenties on the market. They run $5 or $7 a tube depending where you go but they are worth it. Good Luck Dan Donavin gorgeousbuilders@yahoo.co...

Masonry/Brick Laying: bricks laying under woodstove, premixed mortar, mortar mix
premixed mortar, mortar mix, sakcrete: Hi Guy, The mortar may crack during freeze/thaw if your basement is not insulated. You should probably paint the area with a cement bonding agent. I would recommend a premixed mortar like blended profinish or sakcrete below grade stucco/mortar mix. Make...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Fire place repair, 2 days or 4?, masonry fireplace, stone hearth
masonry fireplace, stone hearth, stone veneer: Hi Ralph, It is short enough that a good set of masons could do it in in two days. You do not want to go over 8 feet with brick when only 6 wide. Just watch how straight everything stays the day or so after completion before paying in full hold 15% to...

Masonry/Brick Laying: porch repair, donavin, mson
donavin, mson, unsatisfactory results: Hi Dianne, Did you ever agree on a price? You should be able to cancel the contract due to unsatisfactory results. You wish them not to return for fear more damage will be done to your house. Good Luck Dan Donavin gorgeousbuilders@yahoo.co...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Stone/brick combination, google image search, stone combinations
google image search, stone combinations, stone brick: Hi Ginger, I do not have pictures in my portfolio of stone brick but I would recommend a google image search. You could also look into a stamped concrete exterior someone like elitecrete.com or concretenetwork.com to find an installer. These are much less...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Water inside a stone building, donavin, thick stone
donavin, thick stone, weatherproofing: Hi Clare, all the plaster may be doing is hiding water issues on the other walls it has nothing to do with the weatherproofing itself. Solid stone wall rarely leak the issue may be where the roof or a floor system is attached to the stone. Good Luck ...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Brick/Paver Patio, brick paver patio, mortar cement
brick paver patio, mortar cement, brick mortar: Hi Joe, The first step is a good foundation. Eight inches of gravel with proper drainage underneath is a good start. You may shore up one or more sides with timbers to keep it from eroding. You can then lay and compact sand for another 4 inches and them...

Masonry/Brick Laying: brick foundation mortar turning to dust, balloon construction, brick foundation
balloon construction, brick foundation, bayonne new jersey: Hi Debbie, You should be able to reuse most of the stones and re-mortar them. I do not believe it will collapse but stones may begin to come loose. It may be past the point of tuckpointing you may. Good Luck Dan Donavin gorgeousbuilders@yahoo.co...

Masonry/Brick Laying: foundation for a paver walkway, roof runoff, water runoff
roof runoff, water runoff, proper drainage: Hi John, You will need to have proper drainage for the roof runoff. I have answered this questions a few times in the past. Probably a question about steps it has a link to color step by step pictures. Good Luck Dan Donavin gorgeousbuilders@yahoo.co...

Masonry/Brick Laying: old stone foundation leaks, foundation leaks, concrete block wall
foundation leaks, concrete block wall, metal roofs: Hi Tim, If you could, sealing the outside would be a great idea. The surface bonding cement is a product designed to build cement block walls without mortar. It will give you structural support and help keep the stones from coming out of place as mortar...

Masonry/Brick Laying: replacing concrete walk, masonry repairs, fine shape
masonry repairs, fine shape, donavin: Hi Barry, I often recommend stamped/etched concrete work over replacement. Done properly, these will last a lifetime. One very nice aspect is that you can change the look if you want without completely replacing the entire thing. Good Luck Dan...

Masonry/Brick Laying: sloppy mortar joints new construction, mortar joints, excess mortar
mortar joints, excess mortar, brick veneer: Hi Richard, It sounds like you need to get a repair/replacement estimate from a real masonry company and sue/backcharge the contractor that did the work or authorized it. A company that does that kind of half ass work will take many shortcuts during the...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Brick/Block laying, angle irons, brick block
angle irons, brick block, brick wall: Hi Rodney, This is not my main area of expertise. I know you want to set brick up to the height of the angle iron. You need an engineer to tell you how wide and thick it need to be. You set it in the mortar and brick on top of it but use 2x4 s or other...

Masonry/Brick Laying: capping my concrete stoop with brick, new footing, inch space
new footing, inch space, donavin: Hi Rob, The only thing I can suggest to use google image search and go through page after page until you find something that will help you. All I have is finished pictures sorry. I know they are out there I have found step by step pictures on what you...

Masonry/Brick Laying: change mortar color?, mortar color, brick and mortar
mortar color, brick and mortar, red brick: Hi Lyn, You can use a dry concrete color stain to add to the water before you mix into the mortar. Do not use a liquid color mix they do not work. It may come out darker because it is mortar not concrete but it should be fine. The brick and mortar supply...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Installing Lamp Post, aluminum post, inch aluminum
aluminum post, inch aluminum, donavin: Hi Nicholas, The power company around here sets there posts on four bolts set in a concrete base so the entire pole can be removed for service. The other thing is to put a service access panel at the base to attach and fix wiring. Good Luck Dan...

Masonry/Brick Laying: restoring brick patio, brick surfaces, cement mortar
brick surfaces, cement mortar, mortar joints: Hi Caryl You may be able to use an outdoor sanded grout but be carefull with it on the brick very long. I would sponge it off the brick as soon as I had it down in the joints. A wire brush will help get it off the bricks if you miss any. Good Luck ...

Masonry/Brick Laying: front step or porch, brick laying, donavin
brick laying, donavin, hual: HI Debbie, The new concrete pad should be around $200 poured, prepped and finished. Brick laying is from $0.12 to $0.25 a brick. Demolition and hual off may vary from contractor to contrator. Look at how many hours they acually spend doing the demo to...

Masonry/Brick Laying: what type of mortor should i use, stone mason, donavin
stone mason, donavin, concrete columns: Hi Tony, I like Quikcrete pro finish blended mortar mix. You only have to add water and it cleans off easily after semi dry. No ties are needed. I mix my mortar then take a few shovels full and place in my tub. I then work with the mortar and stone adding...

Masonry/Brick Laying: window well retaining wall, retaining wall block, landscaping timbers
retaining wall block, landscaping timbers, donavin: Hi Brad, The main thing you need to do is step it back on three sides as it goes up. I did one on my dad s house with landscaping timbers. I drove two foot stakes behind the timbers and nailed them up. You could mortar threaded rod to the back of the...

Masonry/Brick Laying: brick / masonry, brick masonry, brick veneer
brick masonry, brick veneer, brick house: Hi Bob, I take it that it is a brick veneer not a solid brick house. If that is the case it is not too big of a deal. You can chisel it out and repoint it or just put clear silicone on it to keep out the water. I would check the garage door opening height...

Masonry/Brick Laying: brick repair, concrete floor paint, wet mortar
concrete floor paint, wet mortar, facing bricks: Hi Shaun, You can use a hammer and cold chisel (blue some have yellow hand guards) to remove bad mortar and bricks. Use a just add water mortar mix to replace the bricks. They sell a big pastry bag called a grout bag. You can use that with a wet mortar...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Cement vs. Stone, grout joints, elitecrete
grout joints, elitecrete, covered porch: Hi Donna, A concrete overlay would not be very expensive and will withstand the elements very well. The overlay would be an inch or less of concrete and can be as decorative as you want. I would check www.concretenetwork.com for ideas and to find a contractor....

Masonry/Brick Laying: Exterior brick wall getting saturated with water, brick veneer, cinder block
brick veneer, cinder block, weep holes: Hi Randy, It looks like the water is getting behind the brick where it meets the siding. Metal Flashing can be put behind the siding to send water past the brick. If this is brick veneer, you should check for weep holes at the bottom of the brick wall....

Masonry/Brick Laying: existing stoop, donavin, concrete overlay
donavin, concrete overlay, stone steps: Hi Diana Cladding the concrete steps is fairly easy if they are solid and in good condition. You can mortar the bricks directly to the concrete. The easiest way though, is to do a stamped concrete overlay on top of the existing steps. On concretenetwork.com...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Exterior brick wall getting saturated with water, brick wall, downward angle
Masonry/Brick Laying: Exterior brick wall getting saturated with water, brick wall, downward angle, vertical wall

Masonry/Brick Laying: Mortar, spacers, mortar
Masonry/Brick Laying: Mortar, spacers, mortar

Masonry/Brick Laying: foundation coating, cement coating, coat stucco
cement coating, coat stucco, cinder block: Hi Mark, It sounds like they used a brown base coat stucco. Quikrete makes this product or you can check a local brick and block co. If the other finish is rough looking, you need to apply with a rubber float to get that texture. Do not mix it too wet....

Masonry/Brick Laying: Laying cultured stone, board and batten, scratch coat
board and batten, scratch coat, permabase: Hi Matt, You can as long as the structure will hold the weight. You have all the step right I might recommend using durock or permabase over the tar paper instead of scratch coat and wire mesh. This will add strength to the wall and is a little cheaper...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Masonry, weathering, damage and age, weathering damage, brick structure
weathering damage, brick structure, brick wall: Hi Woody, Cement and mortar cure over a number of years to reach full strength then begin to weaken. In an old underground brick structure, I would say that roots from trees would be the most destructive force. As the mortar weakens, the roots would find...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Mortar, mortar mix, cinder block
mortar mix, cinder block, donavin: Hi Matt, You can look on the bags of motar for a guide. The coverage on regular mortar includes adding the sand. ALso, keep in mind that the coverage is based on experienced installation you may need more based on waste and mortar drying before you get...

Masonry/Brick Laying: mortar spills on concrete driveway, elbow grease, brick layer
elbow grease, brick layer, donavin: Hi Sherry, The brick layer needs to be accountable for the mess he made. A certified letter from your lawyer should have him out there in a day or so to clean up his mess. Something about replacing the entire driveway. A wire brush will take it all off...

Masonry/Brick Laying: natural stone over concrete, concrete porch, wooden railing
concrete porch, wooden railing, donavin: Hi Margaret, You should be fine to put stone right on top but keep in mind you need to add at least a half inch of mortar underneath. It is not nearly as expensive as laying stone on a wall($15 to $25 a sq ft.) but the stone cost varies greatly from place...

Masonry/Brick Laying: preserving old mortar & brick structure, masonry brick, masonry sealer
masonry brick, masonry sealer, brick and mortar: Hi Hank, If you do not use it to smoke meat, you can use the surface cement on the inside. Otherwise, you can use a clear epoxy like a concrete or masonry sealer. You will want to remortar and replace crumbing bricks before you coat it in epoxy because...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Recap on existing stone & brick steps, granite and marble, mortar mix
granite and marble, mortar mix, cold chisel: Hi Pete, You can do that on a solid foundation using an exterior rated granite and marble thinset mortar. A diamond blade angle grinder and cold chisel should be fine to remove old materials. Make sure you sweep well them use a vacuum and wet sponge to...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Resurfacing Concrete Porch & Steps, concrete porch, cinder blocks
concrete porch, cinder blocks, porch steps: Hi Sherry, I would just mix some mortar and add some modified thinset for flexability. You can set the stones right into that and would be better than setting stone in concrete. I would not mes with concrete unless you wanted to tear off and rebuild...

Masonry/Brick Laying: stone siding, scratch coat, wire mesh
scratch coat, wire mesh, waterproofer: Hi Gary, You need a waterproofer of some type either tar paper or tyvek. You do need at least 1/2 plywood if you want to use a wire mesh and scratch coat. You could also put hardibacker or permabase over the waterproofer instead of plywood, wire mesh...

Masonry/Brick Laying: brick stoop, mortar joints, repair mortar
mortar joints, repair mortar, miracle substance: Hi Frank, You can retuck the brick steps and thoroughly clean them and apply a surface band cement on the sides of the steps. You may be able to use a floor repair mortar to cover the tops of the steps and then apply stone on it. Most mortar is the same...

Masonry/Brick Laying: cleaning river rock, masonry sealer, dish soap
masonry sealer, dish soap, home improvement store: Hi Amberlee, You can clean it with a little dish soap and seal it with a wet-look exterior grade masonry sealer. It should be epoxy based or at least oil based. Try your local home improvement store for a wet look driveway sealer. Good Luck ...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Mortar or Parging or ??, cinder blocks, mortar mix
cinder blocks, mortar mix, block sealer: Hi Mar, You can try a no expansion repair motar for both repairs. I would also recommend sealing the area with an exterior grade epoxy concrete/block sealer. THis should help keep the area dry. You may want to use a window and door caulk to seal the window...

Masonry/Brick Laying: paint removal from cement floor, cement floor, paint removal
cement floor, paint removal, donavin: Hi Sandy, On a smooth concrete floor, the best way is to scrap it. You can use an acid but I would recommend having a professional do that for you. The acid may change the look of the floor as well. Any kind of chemical you use will soak into the concrete...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Railing on bluestone, wrought iron railing, lag bolts
wrought iron railing, lag bolts, hammer drilling: Hi Eric, You can set bolts into the concrete with epoxy by hammer-drilling carefully and with water. Be careful not to crack the stone when you tighten the rails down. If you are using the aluminum posts that the vinyl sleeves fit over, you may want to...

Masonry/Brick Laying: repair brick and seal chimney, masonry sealer, donavin
masonry sealer, donavin, interior portions: Hi Brian, You need to chip the brick out and all the mortar around it and place new mortar on the brick below it and on top of it and set it in place. Then fill in mortar around it and you can use your finger to remake the joint around it. http://www.enduroseal.com/Poly_Masonry_Sealer_M-20.htm...

Masonry/Brick Laying: repairing scratches on brick, michigan weather, old paint
michigan weather, old paint, dear mr: Hi Chrys, You would have to paint everything for it to look right. If you tried to color match that brick and coat in something it would stand out even worse. The most noticeable thing with brick is its texture and you cannot repair that. Sorry, Good...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Stone Walkway Set in Sand, stone walkway, plain sand
stone walkway, plain sand, donavin: Hi Mark, You first need to clean out all the sand from the joints. You can then use polymetric sand to fill all the joints and then as you wet it it will harden like you wanted. Follow the instructions on the package and you should be fine. Good Luck ...

Masonry/Brick Laying: base layer for laying fieldstone flat rocks, flat rocks, donavin
flat rocks, donavin, georgia clay: Hi Carolyn, You should have a two to four inch compacted layer of gravel for hardness and drainage underneath the two to four inch layer of sand. He should also tamp and compact the dirt as much as possible before the gravel goes down. Good Luck ...

Masonry/Brick Laying: concrete wall, vertical gap, cinder block
vertical gap, cinder block, concrete brick: Hi David, Yes the wall can shift and settle over time. We have cinder block dividing walls to separate the driveways of our condo units. They are five feet tall by twenty feet long and are about twenty years old. One completely collapsed without being...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Fireplace - stone veneer, stone veneer, brick mortar
stone veneer, brick mortar, brick fireplace: Hi Lew, Natural stone it much more difficult to install than stone veneer. You can use brick mortar to install it but you will have to keep adjusting the mix to get the stones to stick. The stone is sold by weight. You can lay out the stones on their scale...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Re-set handrail, stainless steel handrail, mortar mix
stainless steel handrail, mortar mix, stone veneer: Hi Bob, You can use a regular brick or stone just add water mix. I would stay away from Quikrete stone veneer mortar mix it dries somewhat weaker than other mixes. I would recommend a two part epoxy for setting handrails. You can use the mortar to fill...

Masonry/Brick Laying: re-point, donavin, repointing
donavin, repointing, bonding agent: Hi Jay, If they used a just add water mix, the wrong type will fail over time. You could use a bonding agent on the brick after cleaning and grinding everything out but that would be painstakingly labor intensive. A good type S mixed with good sand should...

Masonry/Brick Laying: repairing scratches on brick, michigan weather, old paint
michigan weather, old paint, dear mr: Hi Chrys, You would have to paint everything for it to look right. If you tried to color match that brick and coat in something it would stand out even worse. The most noticeable thing with brick is its texture and you cannot repair that. Sorry, Good...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Stonepath Installation, polymeric sand, gravel bed
polymeric sand, gravel bed, proper drainage: Hi Ginny, A flagstone patch should be fine on the dry bed just make sure they account for proper drainage under the gravel bed. They are correct about the mortar cracking over time. The freeze thaw is part of it the other part is the shifting and settling...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Stucco, brick mortar, gravel base
brick mortar, gravel base, coat stucco: Hi Bob, Usually they will use fill to build up the steps and only pour a couple of inches of concrete. That is still a common practice but it should not deteriorate like yours did. From what I see, I would replace that bottom step. You could set a good gravel...

Masonry/Brick Laying: sealer on concrete turns white, concrete patio, xylene
concrete patio, xylene, smart phone: Hi Todd, First, I am sorry for the delay. When they switched to this system I cannot answer questions from my smart phone anymore. www.concretenetwork.com is the first thing I go to for any information on decorative concrete and related topics. The only...

Masonry/Brick Laying: brick masonry, brick masonry, masonry structure
brick masonry, masonry structure, sound insulation: In answer to your question as follows 1 frogs are laid depending on the type of brick and frog. Mainly they should be laid frog uppermost and filled . Bricklayers sometimes lay them down so as to use less mortar but the vertical loading to these are...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Fixing joints in granite foundation, granite foundation, cement block
granite foundation, cement block, expansion foam: Hi Steve, Profinish premix is a pretty good mix for that. It cleans off easier and is harder to mix wrong but nothing sets up like portland and sand. For a 4 space I would try to set some stones in there or at least pieces of cement block. Mortar is designed...

Masonry/Brick Laying: facing cement wall with river rock, mixing mortar, brick mortar
mixing mortar, brick mortar, cement walls: Hi Mary Ann, You need to clean the surface and then you can use a brick mortar to attach the stone to the wall. When you mix your mortar, you will start drier and add water to a small amount in a pan until the stone sticks to the wall. Most of stone laying...

Masonry/Brick Laying: foundation insulation/vapor barrier, insulation vapor barrier, laminate flooring
insulation vapor barrier, laminate flooring, foundation insulation: Hi Robin, Usually a plastic roll out vapor barrier is best below the plywood. Some are better than others it depends on your budget. If you can afford it, there are ones that can help control humidity. I have also used and been told by flooring professionals...

Masonry/Brick Laying: laying brick over concrete, mortar mix, cement mortar
mortar mix, cement mortar, brick path: Hi Susan You would fill the horizontal and vertical joints with sand and cement mortar. Depending on the strength of the bricks you would have to clarify but as general rule the mortar has to be weaker in strength than the brick to allow shrinkage expansion...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Mortar, brick work, enevitable
brick work, enevitable, motar: Raymond, If you can under your contract with the builder , have them return and dismantle and rebuild the brick walling. It appears the tenting protection and induced heat has failed and the mortar has effectively frozen and the bricks now spalled (face...

Masonry/Brick Laying: mortar repair, mortar joints, air hammer
mortar joints, air hammer, intensive job: Hi Kevin, It is a labor intensive job no matter what but I have a few things that could help. A air hammer will help remove loose mortar faster and you can use a air compressor blower attachment to clean everything out. Use a grout bag to put the mortar...

Masonry/Brick Laying: mortor, scratch coat, landscape stone
scratch coat, landscape stone, wire mesh: Hi Donna, You need to wrap the posts tightly in tar paper then wrap in wire mesh or lath. You can then either put on a scratch coat or apply stone right to the mesh. If you are not going to grout around the stone when you are finished I would recommend...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Pre mixed concrete, pre mixed concrete, donavin
pre mixed concrete, donavin, water levels: Hi Keith, To support a post or fill something in it should be fine but you may have trouble getting a good finish out of the surface because they usually have different types of aggregate in them. Most people mix concrete by feel and for their application...

Masonry/Brick Laying: refacing as stone and glazed brick fireplace, cement backer board, brick fireplace
cement backer board, brick fireplace, repair mortar: Hi Nanette, You could strip the paint, scrape it or paint it over with a cement bonding agent and apply a strach coat or stone on top of it. You could also stucco the surface once it is prepared to have a smoother and plainer look. I would either use backer...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Soft Interior Brick, brick mortar, soft brick
brick mortar, soft brick, brick layers: Hi Ed, If you replace the interior brick it should be a much harder brick than on the outside. This house should have 3 or four layers of brick from inside to final exterior. The masons would usually use a soft brick for the outside and harder and harder...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Stone Veneer, brick mortar, stone veneer
brick mortar, stone veneer, stone mortar: Hi Bob, Second, bonding agent is need if the concrete is sealed, painted or extremely smooth (basement floor, counter-top). I would recommend brick/stone mortar mixed with exterior rated thinset (tile mortar). Use the dry stuff in the bags and mix the...

Masonry/Brick Laying: shower floor, repair mortar, concrete sealers
repair mortar, concrete sealers, cocrete: Hi Dwayne, A shower floor has wood, then a thick plastic membrane called shower liner, then a good layer of concrete/ floor repair mortar to create the slope to the drain. The liner should go up the wall a couple feet and cover the curb. Sherwin Williams...

Masonry/Brick Laying: sratch coat, donavin, water mix
donavin, water mix, add water: Hi Keith, Usually, it is whatever mortar you are going to apply stone with. You can use a regular brick mix here and save a just add water mix to lay the stones with. The just add water mixes will brush of stone after semi-dry without staining like the...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Thinset for brick veneer, thin brick veneer, concrete footers
thin brick veneer, concrete footers, gravel base: Hi Christian, A good amount of stone mason actually add some exterior grade thinset to mortar before to help adhesion. I would not just use thinset. Plus, most thinset is not exterior rated so you have to be careful what you get. Steps look good, a solid...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Waterproofing Exterior Painted Concrete, exterior latex paint, two coats
exterior latex paint, two coats, concrete dome: Hi Noel, I can refer you to a couple of very good websites that should help you. http://www.monolithic.com/ has a lot of good information on the buildings like yours and you can cross check and find a supplier from www.concretenetwork.com. Other than that,...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Brick Patio, brick sealer, plastic tarp
brick sealer, plastic tarp, brick patio: Hi Ken, The weather conditions are ok for your new patio. You should definitely seal your new patio in about two weeks. I do not have a particular favorite of brands just make sure the sealer you buy is designed specifically for masonry. The most important...

Masonry/Brick Laying: HALF ROUND STEP, polymeric sand, edge restraint
polymeric sand, edge restraint, concrete sand: Hi Ken, It would be helpful if you had a picture but I think I have a general idea of what you are describing. Most of the paver manufacturers make something call a circle pack . You may be able to buy one and just use half of it thereby creating a semi-circle....

Masonry/Brick Laying: loose bricks under exterior door, excess mortar, loose bricks
excess mortar, loose bricks, loose brick: Hi Sean, First you want to remove all of the loose brick. Next clean the area thoroughly. A shop vacuum is what I typically use. If the brick you removed are in good shape you can reuse them. If they are chipped, broken, or have mortar stuck to them you will...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Brick shifting and horizontal crack, root system, footing
root system, footing, bricks: Hi Tom, The cause of separation to this degree is some significant settling has occurred at the base of where the cracks have opened up. More likely than not the footing under area that has cracked has become compromised or it was improperly done in the first...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Laying Antique Brick on concrete, antique brick, floor leveler
antique brick, floor leveler, proper angle: Hi Duane, If the slope is mild you can use more motor in the back and slope it forward with the brick. That will work for about a half to an inch difference. For more than that, you can use a floor leveler. This is a concrete like product that goes on...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Removing coal dirt from concrete wall, brick masonry, coal bin
brick masonry, coal bin, masonry company: Hi Jackie, I apologize taking so long to get back to you. My smartphone out smarted me. If you have a floor drain, you could try purple power or simple green to soak and scrub then pressure wash off. If that does not work, muratic acid diluted with water...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Removing paint from fireplace, worst case scenario, masonry supply
worst case scenario, masonry supply, diamond blade: Hi Lorilie, Sorry for the delay in responding. My first question is are you sure the bricks that are painted cannot somehow have the paint removed from them? There are many different products available to strip paint. I would fist check with a local masonry...

Masonry/Brick Laying: sidewalk, antifreeze additive, night temperature
antifreeze additive, night temperature, temperature drop: Hi Dave and Patty, I would not like to see the temperature drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit at night. You don t want it to go to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below unless an antifreeze additive is used in the mix. After 3 days temperature really should not have...

Masonry/Brick Laying: mortar dusting, mortar joints, brick veneer
mortar joints, brick veneer, homebuilders association: Hi, I would say that should all be gone when they acid brush and wash down the brick. After a year though, rain would get rid of the loose dust. I would have a separate brick company check the mortar to make sure it was mixed correctly. If there is a problem,...

Masonry/Brick Laying: outside garage beick, cement mix, mortor
cement mix, mortor, antifreeze: if you cant get antifreeze fix it with a strong sand cement mix but make sure that area is free from frost before you fix and ensure you cover really well this should be fine if its only a small area however if you want to get antifreeze for the muck you...

Masonry/Brick Laying: sealing old brick, lime morter, washington state usa
lime morter, washington state usa, loft apartments: I know exactly what you are talking about i often restore old brick fire places and the dust is always a concern for people and if it was me i would mix 2 parts Polybond to 1 part water and apply to the area. I would ensure that you give the bricks a really...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Applying mortor to metal flashing, exterior wall cladding, mortor
exterior wall cladding, mortor, donavin: Hi Ken, You can use a bonding agent to make mortar or stucco stick better. I would rough up the metal with sand paper first then clean and paint with bonding agent. It is like a paint and usually sold by the concrete supplies. You may want a surface bond cement...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Bluestone Steps, vinyl railings, weather proof
vinyl railings, weather proof, fence company: Hi Kevin, There is one of two things that happened here. The stone installer did not have enough mortar under the stone and the pressure from the rail cracked it. The other is that the railing installer tighten down too much and broke the stone. If the bolts...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Bricklaying Ireland v Usa, list of job titles, donavin
list of job titles, donavin, bricklaying: Hi, We have a standard set of skill levels based on the union s grading of training and pay rate. These get jumbled as people go out on there own or when working for no union outfits. The answer is yes there is a standard but it is not as widely or properly...

Masonry/Brick Laying: block slab foundation issue, slab foundation, foundation issue
slab foundation, foundation issue, donavin: Hi Kevin, Those are a few signs of sloppy block work. Sometimes it is guys who do commercial work so much they are used to someone tucking behind them or sometimes its a guy who just does barely enough to get paid and leave. You can go and dig it out and...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Clay/dirt stains on brick, tractor trailer loads, dirt stains
tractor trailer loads, dirt stains, landscape fabric: Hi Gwen, You can always move the lumber out of the way. I have moved tractor trailer loads of wood acrossed large commercial sites by hands. Anything can be done if people are willing. That would be the best idea to move out the excess dirt and clay and lay...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Clay/dirt stains on brick, dirt stains, white stains
dirt stains, white stains, landscape fabric: Whenever bricks are layed the Masons should always go to great measures to cover brick work 1) Efflorescence is the main reason these are white stains that appear on the front face of brickwork generally a springtime occurrence it is deposits of soluble...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Concrete patio-how to make it look prettier, faux brick, concrete paint
faux brick, concrete paint, concrete slab: Hi Denise, There is quite a bit you can do to dress up concrete. The first resource I would like to pass on is www.concretenetwork.com. They have projects for all skill levels, ideas, and suppliers. A very easy project is to use masking tape and outdoor...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Mortar Concerns, exterior brickwork, surface scratches
exterior brickwork, surface scratches, donavin: Hi Martin, If you can dig out large pieces of mortar, then there is a problem. It could be poor mixing or they laid brick when it was too cold for the mortar to set correctly. If only the surface scratches out of the joints, it may be a poor job of cleaning...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Permabase countertop underlayment for masonry bbq island, thin brick veneer, tapcon concrete screws
thin brick veneer, tapcon concrete screws, masonry bbq: Hi Brooks, I would recommend an exterior thinset to set it with and a few tapcon concrete screws around the edges. Thinset adhears permenantly to permabase and the screws give you added support. Be careful not to over tighten the screws or bust the cinder...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Stonework for chimney, scratch coat, permabase
scratch coat, permabase, donavin: Hi LJ, You can try to set durock or permabase on it with screws and construction adheasive. If it secures to the wall, it is a great base to lay stone. You could cover it with surface bond cement instead. This is like stucco but reinforced with fibers and...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Block Laying, donavin, half blocks
donavin, half blocks, wooden blocks: Hi Bill, There is not a spacer because you do not want anything in the joint except for the mortar. What masons use is a block and string set to level the block across. It is kit with two wooden blocks and a length of string you stretch across to line the...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Bonding concrete pavers to concrete, brick trowel, concrete pavers
brick trowel, concrete pavers, mortar mix: Hi Rodney, I would powerwash with a degreaser and use a wire brush to remove loose material. You can use a just add water brick and stone mortar mix to set the pavers. Use a brick trowel and lay about 3/4 of mortar. You may want to start at the highest...

Masonry/Brick Laying: brick patio, acid brushes, brick patio
acid brushes, brick patio, home improvement store: Hi John, It sounds like they did not acid wash the bricks when they finished. You can get the acid at your local home improvement store near the concrete and brick tools. The special acid brushes should be there too. They have instructions on diluting and...

Masonry/Brick Laying: concrete repair, sakcrete, drywall tape
sakcrete, drywall tape, hydraulic cement: Hi Jim, You can use product from sakcrete that is made just for that purpose. It it a concrete repair grout that can be applied with a paint roller depending on how thick you need it. You mix it somewhat thin and for larger chips and holes you can skim with...

Masonry/Brick Laying: laying natural slate stone over old brick fireplece, brick fireplace, mortar mix
brick fireplace, mortar mix, natural slate: Hi Barry, I actually prefer to mix thinset into my mortar mix for better results. You mix the dry parts first then add the water to it. You should be fine on the outside of the fireplace with it because the bricks insulate pretty well. I would use slate...

Masonry/Brick Laying: how to tuck point old chicago brick foundation, brick trowel, margin trowel
brick trowel, margin trowel, brick foundation: Hi Mike, Most anything portland cement based has lime in it that is why it eats holes in your hands when you work it for a while. You can clean the joints out well with a wire brush then a mason brush to get the dust out. You can use a just add water brick...

Masonry/Brick Laying: brick veneer over concrete basement walls, concrete basement walls, rigid foam board
concrete basement walls, rigid foam board, brick veneer: Hi Lori, You only need the foam if you want the extra insulation in the basement. You may want to scrub down the concrete walls and drylock them if you think moisture will be a problem. Drylock is a paint on waterproofer for basements. To install a brick...

Masonry/Brick Laying: brick walkway foundation repair, concrete deck footings, brick walkway
concrete deck footings, brick walkway, gentle slope: Hi Wes, The 6x s may work for you. The first thing you need with a walkway on a slope is a proper retaining wall and good drainage. You can make a wall on a gentle slope by making steps with timbers or block or build a wall straight up to height you need...

Masonry/Brick Laying: crumbling basement walls, exterior stone walls, brick mortar
exterior stone walls, brick mortar, water in the basement: Hi Austasia, The first step is to clean all loose material out of where you are making the repair. If this is a place where water is coming in, you may want to use hydralic water stop cement. It comes in a bucket and you have to mix it following the directions....

Masonry/Brick Laying: cutting brick for larger junction box, exterior brick, diamond blade
exterior brick, diamond blade, angle grinder: Hi Nan, Yes you can cut brick. An angle grinder with a diamond blade in it will cut through brick just fine. You may want to put water on the brick will cutting to eliminate most of the dust. Cut as far as you can then finish with a masonry chisel. Tapcons...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Sand Loss From Paver Patio, brick mortar, sanded grout
brick mortar, sanded grout, sand base: Hi Larry, You have a good foundation set and the 4x4 s are a good idea around the edge. A 4 grade is pretty steep for pavers. You can sweep the sand out of the joints and redo it with polymetric sand which sets up somewhat ridge and is less likely to wash...

Masonry/Brick Laying: masonary, handicap ramp, concrete anchors
handicap ramp, concrete anchors, donavin: Hi Bill, I have two options for you. You can drill and epoxy bolts to the blue stone to anchor the ramp. Maybe lay a 2x8 flat across the top and bolt it down to the stone and use it to attach the ramp. When you are done, there will be just two bolts sticking...

Masonry/Brick Laying: stone walk, donavin, different thoughts
donavin, different thoughts, wet look: Hi Karen, A broom and a good hose should clean it okay. http://www.stonetechnologiesinc.com/concrete-sealers.php is good sight to find sealers. You can also go through concretenetwork.com and find one uv stable and made for stone. You can get one that...

Masonry/Brick Laying: applying concrete to edging in yard, masonry brick, brown dirt
masonry brick, brown dirt, concrete mix: Hi Jack, Loam is the topsoil or the initial layer of dirt. Typically a yard has 4 inches to 6 inches of dark brown dirt as a top layer. After you dig down that depth you should start to hit lighter colored, often containing rocks, material called fill ....

Masonry/Brick Laying: Brick Work in Winter, brick work, cold temp
brick work, cold temp, donavin: Hi Rob, You have to be careful with mixing and using mortar when it is below 40 degrees. You can lay brick in the winter. You want to make sure not to go too high all at once. The cold temp will make it feel like the mortar is setting faster but it is...

Masonry/Brick Laying: clay bullnose caps on calstone block retaining wall, small plastic containers, mortar color
small plastic containers, mortar color, block retaining wall: Hi Chris, You can do this no problem. I don t think you want to get involved with mixing cement and sand unless you have ALOT of brick to put up. So I would recommend buying some Quikcrete Mason Mix Type S. The sand and mortar are premixed so all you need...

Masonry/Brick Laying: cleaning Bluestone walkway, proper safety equipment, bristle brush
proper safety equipment, bristle brush, walkway: Hi Kathleen, I suspect what is going on with your bluestone is something called efflorescence. Naturally occurring salts in the stone or nearby mortar coming to the surface. Try cleaning a small area with increasingly stronger approaches that I am listing....

Masonry/Brick Laying: Flagstone Rocks, concrete grinder, angle grinder
concrete grinder, angle grinder, diamond blade: Hi Deb and Russell, This sounds like a tough one to correct. You say some of the pieces are not level (too high). I am wondering just how many some is. There are sanders that use diamond impregnated pads. The pads come in various grits. The pads are also...

Masonry/Brick Laying: PVC Railing on Limestone, pvc railing, iron railings
pvc railing, iron railings, aluminum post: Hi Bill, A lot of people have the iron railings on limestone especially on old homes. A PVC railing slid over an aluminum post would work fine. The installer would need to carefully drill the limestone and set bolts in epoxy in the concrete under the limestone....

Masonry/Brick Laying: Real fieldstone siding, metal lath, brick mortar
metal lath, brick mortar, scratch coat: Hi Teresa, You do put a scratch coat on the metal lath before laying stone over the metal. You want to make sure that there is tar paper over the plywood before the lath goes on. I like to use a premix mortar but using a separate brick mortar you add sand...

Masonry/Brick Laying: putting slate tiles over brick porch, slate tiles, slate tile
slate tiles, slate tile, thinset: Hi David, Yes I would recommend putting a layer of thinset on. First I would recommend removing as much of the loose mortar as possible. As far as a brand of thinset there are quite a few. I have always had good luck with Versabond. Marpei also makes a good...

Masonry/Brick Laying: wet brick at base of building next to chimney, trisodium phosphate tsp, mildew mold
trisodium phosphate tsp, mildew mold, wet brick: Hi Brian, Sometimes it can be difficult to visualize a picture of the exact issue without actually seeing the problem. Yes, when brick and mortar become crumbly and start to disintegrate that can exacerbate a mildew or mold problem. Crevices and cavities...

Masonry/Brick Laying: brickwork, cement mortar, mortar joints
cement mortar, mortar joints, donavin: Hi Mark, There is a tool called a pointing tool or striker you can use to give you the right looking mortar joints. It is a solid piece of metal that resembles a straightened S and is round on one side for 3/8 and 5/8 on the other. You need to let...

Masonry/Brick Laying: leaking windows, decent rain, putty knife
decent rain, putty knife, air pockets: Hi Tim, I am very sorry about the delay in getting back to you. This gap should definitely be filled again. Make sure to vacuum and clean out the gap as best as possible. If necessary use a scraper to remove any more material that may be chipping or flaking...

Masonry/Brick Laying: basement wall, brick mortar, basement wall
brick mortar, basement wall, solid foundation: Hi Richard, The first thing you want to check is that you have a solid foundation on the bottom of doorway for the block to set on. To get the most strength, you will want to cut or knock out the cut blocks on either side. It should be every other row...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Exterior wall, wall with a hole, wire diameter
wall with a hole, wire diameter, close match: Hi Richard, Keep it simple and get a tube of cement caulking. There are a number of various brands that will all work well. You can even get the cement caulking in a color that should be a close match to the surrounding surface. It will look just fine....

Masonry/Brick Laying: field stone basement problem, brick mortar, cinder block
brick mortar, cinder block, follow ups: Hi Steve, I apologize for not responding sooner. The first step is to check the footing under the stone and make sure it is still solid. You can then prepare to fix the stone if that is solid. I would recommend hiring a house moving or leveling company...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Installing brick floor in wine cellar, groundwater table, brick floor
groundwater table, brick floor, wet soil: Hi Brian, First, I would put in a sump pump not only to help with the wine cellar but also the rest of the basement. The best solution would be to go a couple more inches down then install a drain with large gravel on top then road base and sand. You could...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Installing brick floor in wine cellar, groundwater table, brick floor
groundwater table, brick floor, wet soil: Hi Brian, You have certainly done your homework and seem well informed about the nature of your problem and ways to address it. First off 11 1/4 is pretty darned deep. I might have thought 6 to 8 would have been sufficient and you would not be coming into...

Masonry/Brick Laying: Laying pavers, proper drainage, cement board
proper drainage, cement board, concrete sand: Hi Bill, It would save a lot of time but I have never done it that way. I don t feel as if you will get the proper drainage using a sheet of durarock. My gut feeling is in the end it might cost you more time when the durarock started to fail and you saw your...