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Garage Lintel Replacement 1

Garage lintel replacement is becoming more frequent as homes and buildings age. The steel used to support brick or stone work above doors and openings is called a lintel. After years of water infiltration and weathering the steel of the garage lintel begins to corrode and fail requiring a garage lintel replacement. Garage lintel replacement […]

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Brick Step Repair

Brick step repair is a common inquiry we receive at our office. Brick steps always experience deterioration over a period of time especially in the climate in this part of the country. If the bricks on the steps are delaminating from the substrate then the bricks have to be taken up and re-set into position with fresh […]

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Support Column Installation

It sometimes amazes me what people will do on the inside of their homes especially when it comes to support columns. Now I understand that not everyone has the understanding of the functions that support columns offer but jeesh… would you think you would ask? This particular customer drilled some huge holes through the floor […]

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Crack Repair

We receive inquiries for these types of crack repairs all the time. Someone hires another mason to perform a crack repair and after the work is completed the crack repair doesn’t match or blend as well as was expected. I know that it is not easy sometimes to get a perfect match and even with […]

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Window Lintel Replacement

Window lintel replacement request are growing because building and homes are getting older and need ongoing maintenance to keep the building in shape. The key to window lintel replacement is to minimize the amount of damage that is done to the masonry during the process of removing the damaged steel. This can be a tricky proposition […]

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Caulking Repair – Driveway Joints Cause Problems

If every home in Cincinnati had a solid caulking repair installed on their driveways there wouldn’t be so many concrete drives that look like roller coasters… a dip here and a hump there! This doesn’t have to happen and it really is a simple thing. How many of you have taken the time to look […]

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Cincinnati Masonry Repair – Is This a Repair You Would Want?

This picture taken by a Cincinnati homeowner is of a masonry repair that was done by a competitor of Handy Home Pro. The homeowner hired this contractor to perform this repair because honestly… they were cheaper than us. This customer was expecting a seamless and clean masonry repair just like the repairs our company does and […]

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Truss Repair Due to Shrinkage

A call for a truss repair isn’t the usual type of call that I receive on any given business day. Though really quite unusual it is surprising that I don’t receive more calls for truss repairs considering the current state of the building industry!  As manufacturing has become more fine tuned, the chances for failure seem more likely to me, considering the close engineering tolerances allowed […]

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Masonry Crack Repair – Protect Your Property

A masonry crack repair is a common repair application for homes and businesses but few masons seem interested nor proficient enough to perform a seamless masonry repair that blends in with the existing brick work flawlessly. If you value your property you should consider having  your masonry crack repair performed by Handy Home Pro. The photos in […]

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Stone Retaining Wall Repair

Stone retaining wall repair requires an amount of investigative work before a repair should be adopted and stone retaining wall repair undertaken. You the owner, must decide the primary reason for wishing to implement a stone retaining wall repair and must also understand the cost associated with a structural stabilization of a stone retaining wall. […]

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Concrete Porch Repair

A concrete porch repair is the preferred advice for old homes that have a concrete porch that’s maybe 50+ years old.  It’s not unusual to have these old concrete porches show sign of decay even when they may be covered by a good porch roof. Some of the most difficult problems encountered by contractors are […]

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Masonry Repair – A Leaking Brick Wall

Performing a masonry repair of a leaking brick wall requires patience,  attention to detail and usually entails a step by step process. Most water entry  associated with leaking brick walls in the Cincinnati area, manifest with blistered plaster or mold appearing on the walls,  inside of the  home around windows or corners of the home […]

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Repair of a leaking brick wall

Some basement water problems are caused by leaking brick walls. Water coming in to the basement from over the top of the foundation can be from improperly installed or damaged thru-the-wall brick flashing and of course a leaking brick wall. Brick walls leak by nature. It is the thru-the-wall flashing that catches the water coming through the […]

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Chimney Shoulder Repair

The chimney shoulder is an area on any stack that should not be neglected. Since this section of the chimney begins to narrow as the masonry gets higher there is a reduced angle which creates ledges that keep rain water from draining easily away from the brick or stone.  In the distant past a piece […]

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This Brick Stain Solved a Brick Repair Problem

It is not uncommon during a brick repair, masonry repair or a remodel to find situations where portions of previously covered masonry have been uncovered and exposed. These areas almost always have some sort of stains.  These newly exposed bricks can have stains from cements, mortars, stucco, glue, soot etc. Even if they do not […]

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Stucco Repair Replacement Stops Water Infiltration

Many older buildings and homes throughout America have a stucco exterior finish applied over a framed or masonry structure.  Stucco has been around for thousands of years and has been an effective and beautiful building exterior finish material that is attractive and durable. Though it is both beautiful and durable it does require periodic maintenance […]

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Loose Brick Step Repair Causes Hazardous Threshold

Steps can be hazardous but it’s never easy to perform a brick step repair in a high traffic area such as occurred at this businesses front door entrance. Unlike other types of work, masonry takes some time to cure and harden before it is useable particularly in a paving situation. This client tried several times […]

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Decorative Stucco Overlay for Column Stucco Repair

When we find a problem with loose stucco on an existing structure the substrate is usually in good condition.  This allows the application of either a typical repair stucco or a decorative stucco overlay repair application. This will  solve the damage problem and can provide a beautiful and updated finish to an older structure. Replacement […]

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A Brick Repair in Cincinnati…

A web site reader sent me an email with photos he took of a Cincinnati brick repair he had contracted to have done by a ‘stone mason’.   I am amazed by how quickly a homeowner will choose any Cincinnati brick repair contractor based solely on his price, without knowing whether he can provide them a sound repair. […]

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Chimney Repair What a Mess

People do not usually hire someone to perform a chimney repair because they really want to. They hire someone to perform a chimney repair because of they understand that incredible damage and an additional huge cost can be incurred that a lack of action could cause. Case in point is the condition of the chimney […]

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Garage Lintel Replacement 1

Garage lintel replacement is becoming more frequent as homes and buildings age. The steel used to support brick or stone work above doors and openings is called a lintel. After years of water infiltration and weathering the steel of the garage lintel begins to corrode and fail requiring a garage lintel replacement. Garage lintel replacement […]

Brick Step Repair

Brick step repair is a common inquiry we receive at our office. Brick steps always experience deterioration over a period of time especially in the climate in this part of the country. If the bricks on the steps are delaminating from the substrate then the bricks have to be taken up and re-set into position with fresh […]

Support Column Installation

It sometimes amazes me what people will do on the inside of their homes especially when it comes to support columns. Now I understand that not everyone has the understanding of the functions that support columns offer but jeesh… would you think you would ask? This particular customer drilled some huge holes through the floor […]

Crack Repair

We receive inquiries for these types of crack repairs all the time. Someone hires another mason to perform a crack repair and after the work is completed the crack repair doesn’t match or blend as well as was expected. I know that it is not easy sometimes to get a perfect match and even with […]

Window Lintel Replacement

Window lintel replacement request are growing because building and homes are getting older and need ongoing maintenance to keep the building in shape. The key to window lintel replacement is to minimize the amount of damage that is done to the masonry during the process of removing the damaged steel. This can be a tricky proposition […]