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Interior Brick Wall

We have a 15x15 Interior wall and would like to use exposed brick, We have stained concrete floor 2x6 walls (This is new construction) We would like to use real brick or Pavers and split them in half ...
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Flood Vents and Raised Gardens

I have flood vents in-front and behind my raised house, which sits on a crawl space. I would like to put a raised garden in the front of my house. Is it acceptable to do this if I create an opening ...
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How a concrete/brick storm drain is made?

This must be really simple, but I havent found any instructions and I'm unsure on how to proceed. I need to make two storm drains (concrete boxes with grills on top and a pipe to direct rain water), ...
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How to hang a projector screen from a thin horizontal part of slightly curved ceiling

I have a brick wall in front of which I want to hang a projector screen. Here is an image of a typical projector screen that I am looking to buy: The part of my ceiling near the wall is curved(the ...
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remove protruding brick on LR chimney

In our living room over the firebox we would like to hand a flat screen TV. The design of the brick is a Running or Stretcher bond but it has 4 brick protruding from it. Specifically About one third ...
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Can you re-shape an internal brick wall feature?

We have a horrible 70s style brick feature in our living room which eats into the room space and really dates the room. My OH is reluctant to remove it. There is a gas fire installed into the brick ...
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Is it OK to Pressure Wash Brick

I have a brick house and the bricks have what looks like mortar and paint marks on the brick. I believe they call this a messy mortar look. I do not like this, but I am wondering if I can have the ...
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Tile over brick…with a problem

We have this giant brick fireplace in a home we just purchased. As part of our renovations, we plan on covering the brick with tile and putting a simpler mantel on top. The hearth and surround was ...
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How should I demolish the brick wainscoting on my house's exterior wall?

The front of my house has brick veneer wainscoting on the bottom 1/3 of it. It's ugly brick, and it's in the way of my continuous insulation retrofit project due to how it projects 4" beyond the ...
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How can I fill a hole in a brick wall so that it can be redrilled

I'm trying to put up a coat hanger into a brick wall. The house is an old apartment block in Berlin and the coat hanger is quite heavy and sticks out from the wall so it will need quite a lot of ...
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How would I go about painting exterior brick?

We have a house from the 1920's that someone decided to paint the brick white for whatever reason. A later owner decided to cover that up by wrapping the entire house with siding and then painting ...
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What should I do with my leaking chimney?

We have a brick chimney on the side of our 110 year old, 2 story house. We aren't going to use the fireplace - we have a ventless insert we are going to use. The chimney leaks terribly. We are ...
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How should I caulk aluminum capping where it meets brick?

We recently bought a 16 year old house that has aluminum capping over the trim around the garage doors. The gap between the aluminum and the brickwork (and the wood behind the aluminum) is large ...
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How to clean portland cement off bricks?

We moved into a brick house not too long ago. There are a few areas that were renovated at some point and the mason did a poor job. It looks like some cement was put in after the bricks were laid and ...
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What's the best way to remove a wall plug?

I use wall plugs a lot for putting screws into brick walls. It's easy to get the screw out when you want to remove them and usually you can loosen the screw a bit and pull and then both the wall plug ...
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Do I need a hammer drill to install brackets for drapes on a brick wall?

I want to put up brackets for drapes. I have a masonry bit, but are using a simple (and possible cheap) cordless drill. I can seem to penetrate the brick. Do I need a hammer drill to do the job.
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How best can I seal up an old coal door?

Alongside my house is an old coal door that was never properly sealed. Some caulk was added around the metal exterior door, and a piece of plywood nailed over the interior opening (more to keep out ...
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How do I seal seams between bricks on a patio without using sand?

I have a patio that's made of bricks with fine sand filling the gaps. This is turning out to be a maintenance hassle. Every time the kid or dog gets mud or crud on the patio I hose it off and manage ...
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How to fix broken brick staircase?

Short form question: Replacing bricks of a brick stair-case (leading to house), what kind of concrete to use? Full story: The staircase leading to my house (from outside) had some broken bricks. The ...
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How do I remove moss from an outdoor brick walkway?

I've got a brick walkway that has parts that are in shade most of the day. Our winters are wet and cloudy and during these times it's not uncommon for the shady parts of the walkway to grow a fair ...
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Can you attach a post base to a brick patio?

Can you attach a lumber post base to a brick patio, just as like as to a concrete one? Is an additional concrete footer needed?
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What maintenance does an 1890s brick-over-fieldstone foundation need?

I know that if when it comes time to repoint, I should get the current mortar analyzed to make sure its curing strength is compatible with the old bricks. I know that brick foundations in the time ...
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Are window frames structural?

My circa 1920 house is one story, solid brick from the footings in the basement to the roof. Three layer thick up to the first floor joists, then two layers to the roof. The basement windows are all ...
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What is this stain on my brick?

My house has a pinky brown brick on the front. When we moved in 9 years ago it had a bit of a green tinge to it, but not bad. Over the years it has gotten worse. We have tried powerwashing, having a ...
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laying a brick patio in extreme temperature setting

The small town where I live gets below freezing in winter and above 100º F in summer. I need to know which mortar joint width and ratio is best for laying a brick patio myself. As far as I know, ...
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Abutting brick or paver stones to foundation

I have a little area between our deck and garage that would be perfect for the grill. Right now it is dirt, with nothing but dandelions thriving. +---HOUSE---------- | ...
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Is this vertical gap in the concrete block foundation something to worry about?

I'm looking at a home that has a vertical gap or crack running the height of the exposed concrete block foundation. The crack is near the center of the home, about a foot to the right of the concrete ...
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Advice on removing brick fireplace and gas fireplace

I would like to remove this fireplace in its entirety... My 'current understanding' of the best approach to this is as follows.. support the wood sleeper on either side, then chisel away ...
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What would cause the mortar to crack across a number of bricks?

Over the winter a large crack appeared, running across the mortar between a number of external bricks. The crack runs on a diagonal and includes a crack along a windowsill. It appears that this ...
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How do I repair screw holes in a brick wall?

I have screw holes which were put in to support a curtain rail. The curtain's been pulled out a few times by accident, and now the screw holes are crumbling and I don't know how to repair that portion ...
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How do I remove mortar from bricks so I can re-use them?

I have about 500 bricks to cleanup so I can reuse them, the mortar is old and the bricks are soft clay. What is the best way to remove the mortar and how much time should I allow?
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Previous owner filled in fireplace shelves with incorrect brick. Can I chisel them out?

My wife and I recently moved into a ranch house built in 1956. If you look closely you can see where the previous own filled in what I assume to be two little nook shelves with regular old brick and ...
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Should I use an iron angle or an iron plate to support brick above window?

An opening has been cut in my brick wall to make room for a new window. The wall is not structural. The house is framed with wood like most houses here in Dallas Tx. The window is only 30 inches ...
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Minimum covering of brick wall for insulation purposes

There is a brick wall in our condo that is part of the exterior building that was never meant to be used as an interior wall. We were hoping to insulate it and we saw recommendations for using XPS ...
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Roof Flashing to Brick Wall: Leaks

I have an addition that is attatched to a brick exterior wall, and it appears that the copper counterflashing has come loose from the roof, and is now causing a leak inside the addition. Is it ...
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What is this stucco-like finish called?

The chimney is a wide column in the middle of the living room. The finish on this chimney sort of evokes brick, but I don't think it is. It reminds me of stucco, but it isn't that either. The house ...
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White Mortar-like material oozing out of Chimney's brickwork (pictured)

We do have a masonry expert coming to evaluate the nature of the pictured problem, but I thought I'd pose the question here to get some information and possibly, a second opinion. There is some ...
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How can I hang pots on my brick wall with the least amount of drilling?

I'd like to hang my pots and pans, but the only exposed wall is brick, and the kitchen is too narrow to hang them from the ceiling. This is a 100+ year old rental building, so I would like to avoid ...
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What is a suitable mortar when repointing a wall made of soft red brick?

I am about to re-point the front of my Victorian (1895) house which has soft red bricks. Is a 4:1 ratio of sand to cement suitable? I have read that cement can force the moisture though the bricks ...
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Is this normal for the brick to extend past the concrete slab foundation?

I am in the process of buying a home and noticed that the brick extends past the concrete slab foundation. I checked different houses around the area and all were flush with the concrete slab. Is this ...
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What's the fastest way to remove/dissolve plaster from brick?

We want to expose our brick walls in a house that was built around the 1900's. We're doing a complete demo, so hopefully we're not to restricted as to what we can use to remove the plaster. What's ...
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Filling old cable holes in brick

My house had several cable runs left from the previous owner that were cut and redone with every TV service they tried. A handful of the runs were brought in from the outside of the house through ...
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How do you repair weep hole flashing in a brick veneer?

I have a 1950's home with a brick veneer and a crawlspace. The flashing that routes water from behind the veneer to the weep holes has broken in spots over time due to the weight of the trash mortar ...
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Mortar (or something) falling out of basement brick wall

In my basement, there is a powdery, bright white substance between some of the bricks. It looks like it was something applied on top of the mortar joint. I scraped a couple places where it was falling ...
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How should I shim a foundation vent?

I bought some new foundation vents that attach with tension screws instead of mortar. I chiseled out my old vent and with the new vent in place, there is a large gap. How do you recommend I fill the ...
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How can I patch a hole in this brick wall?

I just pulled out the washing machine the old owners "kindly" left us to find a hole where the wall meets the floor. It's approximately 80mm x 50mm and goes down approx 100mm - below ground level - ...
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can I cut in / blend old brick extension

Our house was extended some time before we moved in and it has left a straight line of mortar running down the front and back of the building went instead of cutting out the half bricks that wrap ...
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How do I remove concrete that has splattered on my brick pavers?

We installed a brick patio, and splatter from wet-cutting the bricks ended up on the installed bricks. How do I clean it?
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How to cut opening in double brick wall

The external wall of my house is a double-thickness solid brick wall (i.e. about 210mm thick consisting of 100mm brick, 10mm mortar down the middle, then another 100mm brick). I need to cut a new ...