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What materials do you use to reface a brick fireplace?

Our house has an old brick fireplace which is in disrepair. We don't use it ever, but we would like it to look better. What tools are needed to reface a brick fireplace? Could it be redone in natural rock or does the surround have to stay brick?

Issues in Final Stages of Basement Remodeling

I'm currently remodeling the bathroom in the basement. The contractor found some problems in the final stages of the project, and I need help figuring out who is responsible!

Replacing Bathroom Tiles in Old Victorian House

I am remodeling a second floor bathroom in an Victorian house est 1030's. The bathroom tile was put on with cement blobs about 2 inches thick behind it. It almost looks like cement patties because there are gaps in each corner of the tile corners of the old 4x4 tiles. My guess is that the cement was used to build out the tiles to fit the tub area. now I am retiling the bath and I see behind the tiles this matrix of cement blobs do I close up the holes /gaps with more cement or leave it as it is, I am replacing it with the same size 4x4 squares although today's tiles are thinner. My fear is that the grout may crack since the new tiles are thinner and mold and mildew will be more likely to form over time. Or put a cement board on top of that which will make the wall tile come out farther into the tub area? Is it possible to close up the gap with more cement or mastic to make no holes in the wall behind it?

Can you set treated fence posts in cement?

Is it a good idea to set treated poles in cement? I heard it will rot fast.

Is there a small cement surface grinder available to grind down a cement floor?

Before installing a new front entry door, I poured the cement floor area that the entire door assembly sets on. I forgot to slope the cement floor surface down in front of the metal threshold for rain runoff. I could grind it down with a cement surface grinder or remove the cement and pour it again. Is there a small cement surface grinder available to grind down a cement floor in front of the entry door threshold for rain runoff? What do you recommend?

What type of saw blades do you recommend for cutting cement/fiber board lap siding?

I need to repair some damaged lap siding, and it appears to be a cement or fiber board material. Also what type of nails are good for this stuff, it is very hard.

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