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What can I use to clean my brick fireplace

I have a brick fireplace that has been great over the years. I was wondering, since I can't pressure-wash the grout or brick with a cleaner, what can I use to bring the brick and grout back to life?
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Closing off a doorway between apartments but keeping the door?

I own two condo units that are connected by a doorway in the common brick wall. Now I'd like to rent one of the units and close the doorway. I was wondering if it was possible to leave both options ...
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Would a brick TV stand withstand the weight of a TV?

The TV is 64 " and probably weighs 60+ lbs. I would like to create a TV stand in order to place the TV off the floor likely just 2' high. The width and deph would be the same as the base of the TV. ...
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How to install a mini split when you have brick walls

I want to install a mini-split unit myself. I can't afford to do it any other way and I'm going to die of heat exhaustion if I fail because these window units just aren't doing the trick. The only ...
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What can I put on these bricks that are sticking up to get them flush again?

The house I just moved into has bricks laid in a pattern of stright columns the bricks are sitting tight but 1 inch is sticking up. Everyone stubs their toe on them. The area is about 7 feet long and ...
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Removed Outer Brick on an Old Fireplace. Need Advice on how to re-finish

So, long story short... Wife and I were fixing some damaged walls around the fireplace and noticed the brick at the top starting to come loose, we wanted to update the fireplace anyways and decided ...
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I'm trying to mount a TV into a brick wall covered by 2“-2.5” of drywall… is this doable?

I'm trying to mount a 39" TV that I have previously mounted (with no issues) into typical wooden studs with an arm mount. The mount uses two vertically oriented 5/16" bolts. After stopping by my local ...
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How do I cover up this partially exposed brick?

Looks like someone tried to parge this brick and then put a layer of skim coat over it? I tried to take off everything that was already crumbling off and what's left is pretty stuck on there. Any ...
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Do I need external rendering to protect my brick wall?

My kitchen has been built with bricks, but external rendering has not been placed. Now it has been 17 years but nothing has happened, but I want to know if I need to externally render the wall? Could ...
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Electrical for built-ins and fireplace insert

We're remodeling our fireplace, to include installing built-in cabinets and shelves on either side of the fireplace, changing the fireplace surround, mantel, and hearth. We're like to run electrical ...
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Best way to mount a floating L-shaped desk to a brick wall

I'm in the planning stages of building a new corner desk. I've started by measuring the corner of the room and planning the size, but I'm not sure what's the best way to mount it right now.. These ...
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How to make outbuilding remains look aesthetically pleasing

We had to knock our outbuilding down as the asbestos tiled roof had fallen in and was in a bad state of repair. We are unable to knock the wall down due to stability issues of the neighbouring ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 wide....
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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 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 ...
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Can I install a (probably ductless) range hood against brick?

I'm thinking about making an offer on a 1930's house that needs a few improvements. The gas stove/range isn't situated against an exterior wall. Rather, it's placed against the back side of the brick ...
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How to build a brick wall on the front of a CMU retaining wall?

My retaining wall is made of two parallel "walls". One is made of 16x8x12 Concrete Masonry Units and the other will be 8x4x2 bricks. The CMUs are to have mass to hold the hill, while 8x4x2 are to be ...
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Drilling through the exterior wall of a row house - hitting metal?

Working on a 1920s brick two family row house in Brooklyn. Looking to run a cat5 cable through an exterior wall (and back in again at another part of the house, to avoid running the wire through ...
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Messy mortar on brick looking ceramic tile floor

I laid a brick looking ceramic tile on the floor. I was think g about doing a messy mortar look to it. Am I able to use mortar as grout to achieve this? I was to smear it kind of everywhere and wipe ...
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Water coming in through weep holes during hard rain?

One room in the front of our house leaks during a hard driving rain storms. The leaks are at the top of the window and at the floor -- both locations which seem to correspond to locations of weep ...
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How to remove plastic anchor from brick?

I was putting these plastic anchors into brick to mount a TV, but didn't drill the first hole deep enough! I've tried screwing in the screw a little and pulling it out that way, but it won't budge. ...
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What paint should I use to paint inside brick garage walls?

I want to paint the inside of my garage. The walls are brick inside and out, and judging from the walls by the doors, they are solid 9 inch (i.e. no cavity), although there don't appear to be any ...
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How should I apply brick to interior wall? [duplicate]

I came across this question and I was wondering what ended up happening,real brick or brick veneer? I want to lay the brick over drywall on one of the walls(13x10feet)in the basement. I just wanted ...
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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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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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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 (...