Chimney Masonry Repair

Masonary repair, Brick repair, Repair masonary, repair Brick, repair Brick wall, brick wall repair
A badly deteriorated chimney
Bricks on the top row can simply be removed by hand
Brick Wall Repair in Lakewood, Casa View, Casa Linda, Forest Hills, Highland Park, Lake Highlands, Lakewood, M Streets, Preston Hollow and University Park of Dallas Texas 75205, 75206, 75214, 75218, 75228, 75231, 75238 zip code
After the removal of the top three rows of bricks.
Masonry repair, Brick repair, Brick Wall Repair in Lakewood, Casa View, Casa Linda, Forest Hills, Highland Park, Lake Highlands, Lakewood, M Streets, Preston Hollow and University Park of Dallas Texas 75205, 75206, 75214, 75218, 75228, 75231, 75238 zip code
The top three rows of bricks are replaced
Chimney crown, Animal anti intrusion, Morter repair
A concrete chimney crown is poured on top of the replacement bricks. The crown will insure that water can’t be absorbed into the top of the structure. An animal ant-intrusion screen is imbedded in the concrete crown.
Chimney cap, manufacture chimney cap, install chimney cap, masonary anchors
A chimney cap is fabricated from a galvanized and phosphate coated steel sheet. The assembly is painted and secured to the brick structure with steel cable and heavy duty masonary anchors that are placed deep within the lower brick rows.

 

Window Restoration

A vintage wood window frame of a home that’s located in the Casa Linda neighborhood in Dallas has suffered serious deterioration of the muntins (grid) that were originally manufactured from a medium quality wood product.
The window is boarded up and the deteriorated sections are removed along with the glass that they contained. This reveals that almost half of the window must be replaced.
This close up view shows the process of installing new muntins, styles and rails that were custom manufactured from a dense oak material.
View of the window after all of the replacement parts have installed except for the glass. Notice that some of the surrounding window sill and molding will still require additional repair or replacement. By this point the project has grown well beyond my projected budget so there is no choice but to continue on with it, working  about one more week for free.
The deteriorated section of the window sill is removed and also squared up with an osculating saw.
A fiberglass resin is applied over the wood block filler to water proof it and to act as a bonding agent for an epoxy paste filler.

The epoxy filler is applied over the resin and after it hardens it is sanded flush to the surrounding window sill.

Paint is applied over the epoxy repair after sanding
With the winter of 2017 closing in I complete this project with the painting and glass installation that is required. During the end of the project I am deeply concerned (outright frightened) about the excessive cost of it and I really wonder if it will wreck my business budget as I actually quoted this before I ever tried such an extensive repair. I had truly bitten off more than I had bargained for but many times that is the only way to learn. A few weeks later my gracious customer allows me to use these photographs on my website. My fears have subsided as I have by this time complete some more profitable projects. I can now enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that we have saved this beautiful historic window from being demolished.

Bee Infestation Removal

 

House locate in Lakewood Dallas

 

Infestation of the walls or in the floors of homes is actually fairly common. This photograph shows an experienced beekeeper who removed a bee cone (or a nest to the rest of us) from inside the floor of a home and the floor was located between the first and the second story of a two story house. Since bees are an endangered species I did not want to kill them so the best alternative was to open up the flooring  and find a beekeeper who would remove them and use them to start a new hive at his house. His payment was a lot of honey.

 

Siding Repair

Repair exterior siding on a home in Casa View, Casa Linda, Forest Hills, Highland Park, Lake Highlands, Lakewood, Lower Greenville, M Streets, Preston Hollow and University Park of Dallas Texas 75205, 75206, 75214, 75218, 75228, 75231, 75238 zip code
Deteriorated redwood siding on a home in Lakewood Dallas.
The redwood siding that needs to be replaced can no longer be purchased.
An innovative method of producing replacement siding from strips of cement board that’s bonded to an exterior  grade of plywood is developed.
The bonded cement and plywood board is installed to replicate and fill in the existing undamaged redwood siding.
Siding installation nearing completion before applying paint.
The ladder used for all access to the wall must be attached to it and pointed straight up the wall.
The ladder is a scary climb because its pointed straight up the wall because the side yard is not wide enough to to allow it to lean. The ladder is attached to the wall with chains and a steel cable that is tied to a heavy beam inside the  homes attic. I’m wearing a falling arrest harness that I clip onto the steel cable when I’m working just in case that I pass out from fear.
The completed Redwood and bonded cement board hybrid wall after the paint is applied.