Owning a house seems to force you to either throw money at contractors or throw money at Home Depot learning to fix any problems yourself. Repairing the mortar of a few layers of brick seemed like something I could definitely do myself.
After removing all the root remnants and as much rotten mortar as possible, I was left with some pretty deep cavities. There was one where I could almost stick my whole finger in between the bricks.
Doing mortar work for the first time required new tools added to my collection. I already had a couple trowels but to do things right I needed to get a narrow trowel to get mortar in those deep recesses, a striker to get those nice concave mortar lines and something like a giant cake icing squeeze cloth but for concrete.
In all it went really smoothly and I think it turned out great. While I don't think I'll pursue a career in brickwork I enjoyed the process and love looking at a project completed with new skills.
After the mortar cured, the whole wall got a couple coats of a Drylock cement wall paint and then a couple coats of a white Behr basement wall paint. This was the last section of the basement walls to get a fresh coat of paint to help make the space bright and clean looking. The exposed floor was scrubbed clean then painted with Behr's 1 Part Epoxy grey floor paint to match the rest of the basement floor.
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Closetmaid shelf tracks were used to bring storage space back to this spot in the basement.
As a bonus the Closetmaid track system can be used to support a part of the layout shelf and since the shelf brackets can be adjusted, it's a great way to test various layout heights before building
That's a module I've been working on to test scenery techniques and use for photography. It's similar to what the Adena or Pine Valley yards will look like so it adds an exciting window into the potential future look of the room. I'll have more on building the scenery module in the next few days.