MyMason's Case Studies

 Fireplace Case Studies

    Nakkertok Fireplace Surrounds

    Fireplace Surround - Old Wood to New Wood Insert

    Fireplace Surround - Old Wood to New Wood Insert

    Fireplace Fire Brick Replacement

    Fireplace Surround - Natural Stone

    Electric, Natural Stone Fireplace

    Fireplace Hearth Replacement

    Stone Fireplace

    Cultured Stone Fireplace & New Framing

    Cultured Stone Fireplace Surround

    TV Mounted on Stone Fireplace

    Restructuring Fireplace: Wood to Gas

    Drywall to Stone Fireplace

    3-sided fireplace: Cultured Stone

    Fireplace Removal, Damper Removal

 Chimneys and Brickwork Case Studies

    Chimney Repair

    Chimney Repair, Articulated Boom

    Custom Scaffold, Chimney Repair

    Lower-Chimney's Removal, Wall Restructuring

    Chimney Flue Replacement

    Concrete Chimney Cap as per Building Code

    Chimney - Sloped Side, Repair

    Chimney - Wobbly Chimney

    Brick Pillar

    Brick Garage Pillar Repair

    Window's Lintel Installation

    Brick Sill Creates Wall Damage

    Brick-to-Stone Window Sill Replacement

    Brick Retaining Wall Rebuild

 Stone Work Case Studies

    Stone Wall Rebuild

    Granite Resurfacing of Concrete Stairs

    Stone Step Rebuild

    Stone Stair Rebuild - in Winter

    Stone replaces Brick Door Sill

    Stone Retaining Wall Rebuild

    Dry-Stack Retaining Wall Rebuild

    Dry-Stack Stone Retaining Wall

    Flagstone Patio Rebuild, Expansion

    FlagStone Step Repair

    Stone Replacement

    New Interlocking Stone Walkway

    Re-setting Interlocking Walkway

    Tile Installation

 Algonquin College/MyMason Case Studies

    Cold Weather Masonry Rules

    3 New Cases Studies in 2015

    Salt and Concrete Testing

    Concrete Curing Stress Tests

    Concrete and Rebar Stress Tests

 Parging Case Studies

    Parging, Cement Board

    Parging Examples & Techniques

 Concrete Case Studies

    Broken Concrete Step

    Basement Window, Concrete Cut

    Basement Window, Concrete cut-out

    Concrete Walkway, Landing

    Concrete Stairs and Landing

    Concrete Stairs and Landing

    Concrete Countertop




    Case Study - Building a Brick Pillar

        Before and After


The Assignment:
    Create a footing
    Build a pillar.
    Attach an iron fence to it.

The Footing
Several inches deep, made of concrete with gravel.
Much wider and longer than the pillar's footprint.

A gas line is located at one end of the footing.
There is a clean-out pipe for the house`s drain located below grade beside the pillar. We used wood to protect it from the footing.


Pillar's Post
The 2x4 holds the pillar's wood form in a relative position to the wall, as a fence needs to connect later.


Brick Dry-Fit
This pillar must match another in style and size.
So every row has three cut bricks to match the other.


Halfway up
We stopped here to let the bottom rows set.
A weeping hole has been created in the bottom row.

Pre-Cut Bricks
All the short bricks were cut in advance.
Soldier's Course Top
The top row has bridges set on their sides.
Finishing the Joints
Here we work the mortar and finish the joints using round and flat slickers.

Ready for a Cap and Fence
After curing we install a cement cap, and,
. attach an iron fence to the wall of the house.
Clean Inside
Cemented with an S-Type cement, the inside edges are clean of mortar too, and we're filling the holes to increase the bond strength.

We've waited for the landscapers to finish so the fence woouldn't be in the way.
Delivering New Custom Cap
Made with concrete, this custom shaped cap matches the others on the property.
Central Precast charges more than $500.00 to make a cap like this.

Lag Shields, Bolts
We're attaching the iron fence with heavy duty metal lag shields and galvanized lag bolts.
This lag shield is almost completely inserted, and shall be made flush with the wall.
Fence Installation
With lag shields and bolts at either end, the fence is installed.

Pillar, Cap, Fence: Done

This page last modified: October 25 2010