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How much mortar between bricks?

Our Chimney was in bad repair, and we had two chimney companies come and and say basically the same thing, it needed to be partially torn down, re-bricked, new crown, new damper door. Ok, so the ...
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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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Water on construction site. Damage to bricks?

I managed to sneak on the construction site of my future apartment and noticed a large puddle of water where my apartment is. The first row of bricks is already wet as you can see in the picture. ...
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Additional brick veneer to existing construction

I am looking at a home that is a 2 story colonial. The first 10 feet or so from the ground is brick veneer (one row thick), and the upper story is vinyl. The vinyl is looking pretty bad. Is it ...
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Brick wall of my kitchen hasn't been plastered

My kitchen has been built with bricks,but external plaster has not been placed .Now it has been 17years but nothing has happened,but i want to know do i need to plaster the wall ? Anything could ...
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Can I repair the cracks between the bricks in my fireplace?

The bricks surrounding my fireplace have cracks between them. It's as if the thermal expansion/contraction has eroded the mortor between the bricks. I have had some serious fires in there and haven't ...
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How can I treat brick efflorescence?

I have a new brick wall but large areas are becoming covered in white salty deposits; I want these removed - how can I do it? Update Thanks Niall. Just out of interest, can acid do damage to bricks? ...
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Fireplace facing and hearth - how do I repair chips in the hearth section?

My fireplace hearth is, I think, a facing in grey brick style. The hearth has chips in it - grandchildren, husband dropping tongs on it, etc., and I wish to repair and repaint the hearth section. No ...
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How do you expand an existing patio while retaining look, structure & level?

I have an existing Brick patio that was put in sometime around the time of house construction. There is a small attached garden that has a tree which has since died and I am thinking of expanding the ...
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Is it worthwhile to fill minor cracks and holes in mortar?

There are a number of small cracks and holes in the exterior on my 10-year-old brick house. These are very small and do not in any way appear structural. They are much much smaller than the weep ...
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Should you solid fill a low cinder block wall?

I'm making a raised garden bed that is about 2 cinder blocks high (with 1 extra cinder block below ground as footing) in a square shape 3.6 meter each side. So far I made a footing of 5 cm of ...
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Attaching a heavy item to a 'powdery' external wall

I have a house in the UK built circa 1870. The external walls are London brick in Flemish bond I think, and are in a single layer (no cavity wall construction). At some point many tens of years ago, a ...
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How can I install a Pull-Up Bar on a brick wall?

I want to install a pull-up bar on a brick wall but I am not sure at all if it will hold or not. I will try to give you some specifications about the wall and the bar and hopefully you can help me. ...
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How can I repair the end of joists sitting in brick pockets?

I have 2x8 joists over an 8 foot span that were eaten by termites on one end. I need to repair all of the joists in a small room. The building is double wythe structural brick that is approximately ...
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Will a high efficiency furnace vent etch the brick on my house?

My neighbour just informed me that they had to change the vent on their high efficiency furnace. The furnace vents between our two houses and it used to have an elbow on it directing it along the ...
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How should I remove the paint to expose brickwork?

My house is Georgian brick (about 1780). A garage was added and the part of the wall attached to the garage was painted white. I want to remove the paint and expose the brickwork. The garage is going ...
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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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How do I replace a bricked in mailbox?

My in-laws have a Mailbox that's a normal looking metal mailbox that's in a brick enclosure. It appears that when it was built, someone just put down mortar, set the mailbox in it, covered the ...
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How to make a 6 inch hole through a brick wall for venting

I'd like to vent my range hood out through an exterior brick wall. How would I go about making a 6 inch hole for the vent? I'd guess I'd use a masonry chisel to chip out the mortar and then pull ...
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Repair a crack in a brick windowsill

How do I repair a crack in a brick windowsill? I assume that it needs to be sealed to prevent water from getting in, especially during the winter when it could freeze. The other side of the ...
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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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What type of insulation is needed for exterior walls on a brick house?

I have a government grant (2,440$) to insulate all of my exterior walls. The issue is, I cannot access them from the outside because I have a brick house. My first guess was that I will need to take ...
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How do I tell if my house is brick or brick veneer?

I live in a brick house, and am interested in understanding whether it is brick or brick veneer, as a way to understand what kind of risks it (and we) may face during an earthquake. I hear that brick ...
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Window sill slant bricks

I was wondering if any manufacturer makes bricks whose top is not flat but slightly slant to be used for window sill for water drainage. I have seen slant window sills made with regular bricks that ...
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How to repair / reinforce deteriorated footings and subsoil below brick & concrete porch

My fiancee and I recently moved into a 1922 brick craftsman-style home. The front porch has a ~4" poured concrete floor and large solid concrete railing caps (12"W x 4"D). Brick columns support the ...
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How can I air seal around a brick chimney with a metal flue liner?

We have a 1954 brick chimney that has a metal liner inside and is only used by the natural gas hot water tank. It's had fiberglass right up against if for guessing 20+ years. I'm air sealing the ...
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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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Is it okay to have brick below grade?

Is it okay to have brick below grade? My house was built in 1967. The walls are brick and block construction. The soil is graded on top of 3 courses of brick. One of my neighbors said that this is ...
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How do I know if/when tuckpointing is necessary, especially if I finish the basement?

1900-ish brick-over-fieldstone foundation seems perfectly happy right now, but [digression about fieldstone aside]... What's best practice? What do I look for to tell when maint is required? ...
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How long to wait before cleaning new tuckpointed brick mortar with muriatic acid?

I am about to retuckpoint my exposed brick wall with a custom mortar mix (1x hydraulic lime, 2.5x sand). Once I am done, I plan to clean the residue and other dirt from the bricks using muriatic ...
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What kind of wall bolt/anchor is removeable?

What kind of wall bolt/anchor will allow me to remove and replace it as many times as necessary? I am looking to attach a couple of 2x4's flat against a brick wall, however they would only stay there ...
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Can I add thin brick veneer directly to interior plaster

I have an interior plaster over wood-lathe wall that I'd like to cover using thin brick veneer. The plaster wall is generally in good shape (though some patching will need to be done for some ...
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How do I cut a brick fireplace hearth to allow for a laminate flooring expansion gap?

I am attempting to cut a small piece out of the brick fireplace (already in place) to allow for the expansion of the floating laminate flooring that I am installing. I don’t want to just leave the ...
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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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Can I cut a hole in the brick to install a through the wall air conditioner in a basement?

I am looking to install a through the wall air conditioner in the basement. I don't want to block the one window. There is already a window in the brick. I don't know if there is any kind of ...
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How to get water to hop from patio over brick wall?

I have a concrete patio elevated a few feet above the lawn. The patio is bordered by a brick wall (on 3 sides, with the house on the 4th) that extends higher than the top of the concrete of the patio ...
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How should I repair crumbling joist pockets in a brick wall?

I'm renovating an old row house with wooden joist in masonry pockets. In many places, the mortar under the bearing point of the pockets has crumbled, cracking a few bricks and lowering the pocket. ...
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Should I seal real brick installed on interior basement wall?

We recently installed 100+ year old brick on one of our basement walls and was wondering if it is recommended to seal it. If so, what would be a product to use?
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How do I darken new mortar in a brick wall to match the older mortar?

I had some bricks replaced. Unfortunately, the mortar is really light. How do I stain it a darker gray, so that it matches the original mortar? Is there a product that I can buy at a big box store?
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Can I change the color of the mortar in my brick wall?

We recently built our home and the mortar color between the bricks is dark gray, we did not pay attention to it and because of that the brick face is looking duller due to the standard gray mortar. ...
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How should I fill these large cracks/voids in this brick porch?

Filling a few, I thought, small cracks on my porch jumped to the top of the to do list when I watched a chipmunk enter one of them yesterday. He went in the crack in front of the step, the one I have ...
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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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What causes these chips in a cement brick wall, and how can I fix them?

I have found my exposed basement cement wall which is about 15 x 10 in size to have quite a few areas where there is a cracked chip ranging from approx 0.5" in diameter to 2" in diameter and a few ...
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What to use to seal large gaps in corners where brick ends?

I have a few weird areas in my (new to me) house where brick and mortar are basically meeting corners or endings, and leaving huge gaps. The first one is a gap between the back of the brick and the ...
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How do I fix a loose brick on the corner of a tree well?

I have a loose brick on a recently made tree well. I have Quikrete Type S mortar and I'm planning on getting a trowel. What are the steps to remove the existing mortar on the brick (which is ...
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What questions should I ask of a structural engineer about these cracks in my brick walls?

My house was constructed in 1992 and we still have not completed the finishing work. Our roof is wood, there is no tie-beam or mullion at all in this house and there are some lintels above the windows ...
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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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How do I fill in holes in exterior brick veneer?

How do I fill in holes in exterior brick veneer ? I need it to be aesthetically nice, I need to match the color of the old cement between the bricks.. It looks like below:
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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?