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I work full time as a historic restoration mason...

I work full time as a historic restoration mason and I specialize in mortar reproduction. Selecting the correct mortar mix for your wall is of paramount importance. The ides is to MATCH whats...
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The real damage is happening where you can't...

The real damage is happening where you can't paint. When a lintel starts to fail it will continue to fail, slowly but surely.
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If I understand your post correctly your first...

If I understand your post correctly your first mistake was sealing the chimney before applying the stucco over the brick, therefore it never properly bonded.
Without a mechanical bond like...
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The only thing that will make them solid again is...

The only thing that will make them solid again is a rebuild
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I use Prosoco mostly.. Protectosil, Nox-crete are...

I use Prosoco mostly.. Protectosil, Nox-crete are a couple other big names, there’s a bunch. A supplier in your area will have what you need. Water based penetrating repellant with said chemicals.
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I agree completly thats to agressive, why was it...

I agree completly thats to agressive, why was it sandblasted?

All you can really do to slow down the inevitable is a silane, siloxane or blend of water repellant. Stay away from urethane,...
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If it's a piece off the rock I would get...

If it's a piece off the rock I would get something like this, SET High Strength Epoxy-Tieģ Anchoring Adhesive ~ Simpson Strong-Tie Anchor Systemsģ...
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I've got 20+yrs restoring brick, I’ve never seen...

I've got 20+yrs restoring brick, I’ve never seen muratic acid put a dent in paint. In my experience, a paint stripper that uses gel or paste to dissolve paint is a wise choice with older brick. Paint...
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my sentiments as well , silicon caulk

my sentiments as well , silicon caulk
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When the previous work was done they didnít go...

When the previous work was done they didnít go down far enough on the rebuild and or there is water coming inside the chimney somewhere again. The top looks like its still tight on the rebuild but I...
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The only thing you could do at this point to make...

The only thing you could do at this point to make it worse is apply a surface sealer. It would act like a rubber glove trapping moisture in, you donít want that. A vapor permeable sealant or...
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Mortar caulk over newly pointed work will just...

Mortar caulk over newly pointed work will just make a mess and it will not last long skimming it over. Matching mortar color is done using dyes when mixing, otherwise it’s all gray. Changing the...
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Weep holes are seldom done and or installed...

Weep holes are seldom done and or installed incorrectly in residential construction in my experience. they are part of a drainage system of through wall flashing & often some sort of a mortar baffle...
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No problem, yeah it takes some practice if you...

No problem, yeah it takes some practice if you mix your mortar a little rich it will stick better. One more tip if you do tear it down. Pull a line from corner to corner and use the line as a guide...
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8'' not 8' into the block

8'' not 8' into the block
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Well there are a couple options; first being if...

Well there are a couple options;
first being if possible notch out the halves (if there are any), many times those columns are stacked with whole block and no halves are used.

Another option...
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or go the route Pulpo suggested unless you want...

or go the route Pulpo suggested unless you want block
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without looking at it the best bet woud be to run...

without looking at it the best bet woud be to run a collar jont and tie it in with rebar
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Yes you can how wide is the column? does the...

Yes you can how wide is the column? does the beam extend across the entire width of the garage over the doors?
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A permanent solution to your problem would be to...

A permanent solution to your problem would be to install a French drain around the perimeter of the slab to channel water away from it, instead of it seeping under the slab.
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They were made that way, or someone took the time...

They were made that way, or someone took the time to coat the faces before laying the brick.. can you post a picture?
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Congrats on the new house and job!! Let us know...

Congrats on the new house and job!! Let us know how the project goes, it should be no problem with hand tools. Walkways like that, 99% of the time are unreinforced and 4'' or less thick.
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Hello, Likely its 4'' thick which is...

Hello,

Likely its 4'' thick which is typical. You can check by digging at the edge of the walkway and look at the side of the concrete. If Its not reinforced (you will know right away); a sledge,...
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If there is any doubt to the seriousness of the...

If there is any doubt to the seriousness of the cracks, it is better to be safe than sorry. Consult an expert (NOT A CONTRACTOR), but a structural engineer, and get an engineer's report. A seasoned...
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Gutters are a great investment to help eliminate...

Gutters are a great investment to help eliminate the root problem water..Drainage is very important as well, you may require site grading near your house to correct drainage issues as well. You don't...
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