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Depending on the local conditions, there may be a water proofing issue. Cementitious products (concrete and cement mortar) shrink due to the hydration process of cement. So your mortar joint will become slightly contracted. Clay bricks expand when they are moist and contract when they dry out. So the wider the joints are, the more the differential between ...


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hmm chimney repair is expensive and 8 inch brick are not really hard to find. Visual aesthetic is a important factor for masonry and restoration, and proper brick bond is important in load distribution and tensil strength and ultimately waterproofing.. so 3/8 inch is the standard brick joint for all those reasons.


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Yes, a typical stepped foundation should carry two stories of brick just fine. That said, I'm looking at your project through a few words on the internet. Photos would move us in a more confident direction.


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NO u dont have to plaster the wall.You can get sealer for brick and block. You can get this at home depot or lowes.If you prefer to plaster ask the person at the hardware store for plaster wire it comes in 4ft by 6ft sheets .Screw it to the brick wall .In the mortor joints.and plaster away.thank you .Master Mason.Harlan


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I have been looking for years looking for something to get rid of and keep away white leaching from my bricks, fianlly something has worked....vegetable oil.



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