In this video, This Old House mason Mark McCullough helps a homeowner solve an issue with a crumbling sandstone veneer on their front steps, improving the safety and curb appeal of their home.
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Mason Mark McCullough takes us on a house call to Dallas, Texas, where a homeowner’s sandstone steps are starting to cause issues. After noticing that the bond between the pre-existing concrete steps and new sandstone veneer is failing, Mark and the homeowner get to work.
Time: One day
Cost: Under $50
Where to find it?
Mark helps a Dallas homeowner repair their sandstone steps.
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