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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to hide AC lines up against brick siding

I had this AC system installed, and didn't realize when asked about what location i'd prefer the compressor that it would look so ugly having it off the corner of the building instead of in the middle ...
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What are those resin filled holes on outside walls

I was looking at a house and couldn't help but notice that literally all the external bricks were covered by small holes, most of them filled with what looks like a kind of resin: I'm new to the ...
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How should I patch a large hole in brick?

I have an old vent, about 6-8 inches in diameter, in my ranch style brick home that used to be for my stove. We have done away with the stove and no longer need the vent. The hole and vent is ...
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I drilled holes in my brick too big for my anchors. How can I fix this?

I am mounting some bike racks to a brick wall (basically, a special hook that you hang your bike on). The holes in the metal bike racks are big enough for #8 screws. I purchased some lead plugs ...
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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 should I apply brick to an interior wall?

I don't want to use veneer, I want to use real brick. Is it as easy as using tie-ins to the studs and setting the brick as one would normally? The existing wall is drywall, So I was thinking of ...
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Is it okay to install brick veneer directly to interior of a poured concrete foundation wall?

Is it ok to install brick veneer directly to interior of a poured concrete foundation wall, or is there any additional preparation required?
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Old brick foundation walls, 125 years, need repointing and/or plaster finish. What is best method and materials to resurface these old bricks?

My 125 year old house has old brick foundation which is exposed in the basement. I would like to plaster but don't want to do the complete three stage plaster job; the grout is deteriorated in many ...
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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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How should I fill the holes where my curtain rod was, so that I can reuse them?

My curtain rail has fallen down and the holes are too big to plug and re-use. What is the best products/method to fill the deep holes and hang my curtain rails? Please note: Curtain rails are ...
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How can I cut through brick to add a window?

I'm redoing a bathroom and would like to add a window (36x12) in the shower. This involves cutting through brick. A contractor I spoke with said he could cut it with a angle grinder (diamond blade?), ...
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Chimney on 100 year old home has pulled away from outside wall

I am restoring a 100 year old one story wood frame home with a metal roof. The original foundation sits on cut logs. The chimney has pulled away from the roof line which leaves an exposed area where ...
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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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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 do I attach stone veneer to a brick fireplace? [duplicate]

We have a brick fireplace we'd like to reface with one of the many stone veneers. However, I'm not sure of the proper method to attach it. To complicate matters, around the firebox on the top and ...