MyMason's Case Studies

 Fireplace Case Studies

    Nakkertok Fireplace Surrounds

    Two-Ton Chimney Supported, Fireplace Rebuild

    Fireplace Surround - Wood Burning Insert Installed

    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: TV Mount and Stone Fireplace Build

        Before and After


The Assignment:
    Remove old paneling, old brick.
    Frame new shape for wood-burning fireplace.
    Install stone surround, and mount pivoting TV brackets.

The house was built in the 60`s, with paneling and brick for a fireplace surround.

Demolition, Done Cleanly
The floor is covered with a thick canvas dropsheet, moving blankets, and a tarp.
The paneling is removed, along with drywall behind it, leaving framing.

Brick Removal
The bricks are being removed.
Notice the poorer quality blockwork being exposed, compared to the good work up top.


Lintel Removed
the brick fireplace required a lintel to bridge the hearth.
Here it is being exposed, before removal.
Around the hearth we're using steel studs, and elsewhere wood to frame the wall
You can see extra framing where we'll later mount the big-screen TV.
Cement Board Installed
Attached with nearly 100 special screws, the cement board is attached.
The Brick, now at the Trail Road Dump
The fireplace's old brick now a mini-mountain at the Dump.
RealStone, Sierra Shadowstone
This is real stone, cut into pieces ranging from .5 - 1.5 inches thick, in a range of colour.

The mount for the TV is set among the stone, in an area where no stone are placed.
Some stone has been set aside for a future renovation so that this mount can be removed.

The Wall Edge
We run the stones right up to the drywall, butting into the wall.

Some clients prefer to use a quarter round, or other means, to hide this seam.

Done, TV Installed
The grill has been replaced, the TV mounted.
The client is happy.

"We contracted John to update our fireplace with a RealStone product. In an extremly clean, timely and professional manner, John completely tore down the existing brick and wood veneer structure, reframed the structure, measured and added TV supports and then boarded up and applied the stone product. John's experience showed in knowing what was needed and how to do it, resulting in a fireplace we are extremely happy with."

Sharon and John


This page last modified: November 2010