In this video, This Old House mason Mark McCullough shows host Kevin O’Connor how a homeowner can build their own kit of masonry tools to tackle almost any project around their homes.
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Mark McCullough shares his favorite homeowner-friendly masonry tools with Kevin O’Connor and explains how to use them for entry level projects.
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