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Concrete & Masonry
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Concrete & masonry are functional and aesthetic aspects of a house that often need attention. Are you dealing with cracked or crumbling concrete or masonry? You're not alone - plenty of Hometalk members have faced similar challenges with concrete & masonry, and they're here to share their experiences with you. Since there are so many talented concrete and masonry pros on Hometalk, you can browse photos of their work for inspiration for your own concrete or masonry project.
We just purchased this house and it has a great 3/4 acre yard with a pond in front. It has a fountain, w/a spray fountain (see white pvc pipe in pic). We like it OK, but it is dirty as it
is under the trees and gets lots of leaves in it. The fountain leaks in back and the water keeps getting lower and lower, probably a hole in the liner somewhere.
So we are thinking of filling in the pond w/small red lava landscaping rock on bottom (lots of this in a garden we are redoing and I dislike it), then river rocks on top w/the fountain still bubbling up in the middle. Any suggestions on how to do this properly so that the water will not leak out, and we don't have to continue to refill the water level? Thanks for any ideas, I live in Wyoming so there is LOTS of snow in the winter and it is only used in the summer months.
Now we are also going to redo the front of the house w/a full length deck (eventually a roof over it). Have some cinder blocks, and thought about using wood decking over them w/the blocks as support. Do we need to place the blocks in sand to level? Or how should we proceed?
I made several of these from a leftover bag of cement and some rhubarb leaves. The birds love them, and so easy to make.
Make a mound of sand or dirt, lay the leaf face down with the veins facing up. Apply the cement to the fop of the leaf in the thickness desired, make sure it will be sturdy. You can shape the edges of the leaves. Cover with plastic for a few days, uncover, turn it over and remove the leaf. You may need to use a stiff brush for this or just wait and it will breakdown. Enjoy!!