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I want to stain a brick porch [closed]

I recently had new grey siding put on my house. My porch is made with light red textured bricks that aren't all one uniform shade of red. It no longer matches the rest of the house and I want to ...
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How can I fix a loose TV mount screw on clay hollow brick?

The wall is made of the larger clay hollow brick (the red ones that we have in Europe), there is masonry/cement/mortar (not sure which) for connecting and putty + paint over them. So my TV mount (one ...
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How to stop or catch debris falling down a disused chimney

I live in flat that's part of a 1800s building conversion. It has this nice fireplace, which is perfect as a TV nook, but there's constantly bits of debris (dust and even bits of brick) falling down. ...
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Create a decorative wall end cap

I have a brick wall that has been cut (ceiling to floor) which now needs to be finished off. I was thinking, 3 pieces of wood joined to slide over the wall end. Hopefully this would look like a wooden ...
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brick wall slope

I'm building a new house with a builder company and I've noticed that one of the side walls has a slope of about 1-2 inches from the bottom to the top. This is 2 story house with full brick siding. ...
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Leaking basement under chimney - weep hole solution?

We have a brick chimney that rests on a basement foundation wall about 2' above grade (basement is 2/3 below ground). We have a trickle leak into our basement after heavy rains below the the back ...
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How to repair flashing between stucco and brick chimney?

The flashing that transitions from my stucco wall to my brick chimney appears to be separating from the chimney. This separation is occurring across the entire height of the chimney and not just in ...
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Foundation repair at garage wall

Above grade section of concrete is damaged where the brickwork of the house meets the garage. The house has a basement though it does not extend beneath the garage. Previous owners appear to have ...
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Can anyone figure out this specific type of brick?

It is from Acme Bricks but I am unsure on the specific type. I tried Home Depot and Lowe’s but they do not carry it. It is 9.5Lx2.5W
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Drilling second hole very close to existing one in perforated brick, for hanging a heavy weight

We want to mount a water heater on a wall. The stability requirements are high - the heater will have over 100 kg total weight when full, and we're in a seismically active zone. Unfortunately, when my ...
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Brick Facade - Help me Expand an Existing Hole Without Doing Damage

I want to modify the existing openings on the facade of my house into the crawlspace. The current "vents" are just gaps in between the vertical bricks. I'd like to remove the bricks and ...
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How to prevent damp on a wall with no soffit(roof overhang)

One wall of my 1890's victorian house has no soffit (roof overhang). This wall also suffers from damp coming through the solid brick walls and I don't get that on any other exterior wall. The bricks ...
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What kind of siloxane coating should I use on historical brownstone steps that is historically safe?

I'd like to reduce the amount of water soaking into my 120 year old brownstone steps and want to use something that won't run afoul of the landmarks historical commission or change the look in any ...
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How can I test or decide if I need historical mortar to tuckpoint 100 year old bricks under brownstone steps?

Is there a way to test or validate whether I need to buy more expensive historical mortar or can use something that is commercially available off the shelf from a big box store? Can I scratch the ...
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Mounting TV on brick over fireplace [duplicate]

Yes I am aware that if the fireplace is used, the higher temperatures are bad for the TV. I'm also aware that this is an uncomfortable viewing angle. This person wants the TV mounted above the ...
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Is this efflorescence on these brick pillars? And is this a sign of water intrusion into the pillars?

There are brick pillars under a bedroom that overhangs. On the brick pillars are some white stuff that I would assume is efflorescence but the patterns are a little weird to me. If that is what it is ...
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How to determine the water source in my flooding basement?

There are a few questions about flooding basements in old houses, but I think that all wet basements are wet in their own way, so none of those are helping me. I live in St. Louis, MO in an all brick ...
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How can I mount a monitor to a wall without drilling into brick?

I'm looking to mount a larger computer monitor in my wall, running a little app to help me track buses. However, most of the walls in my apartment are brick, so traditional mounting is not an option. ...
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How would you design a code legal guard railing on a raised block deck that also has a 22" high block bench that runs along the deck perimeter? [closed]

In December a contractor built a raised masonry block deck with a wall/bench on top. I didn't plan the job well, so now I'm planning for 37' of guardrail. I would prefer the guardrail didn't hide ...
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Will a brick wall support 150 pounds of mounting bracket and TV?

I want to mount a Tripp Lite Model #DWM60100XX television wall mounting bracket that weighs 31 pounds on a brick wall above a gas fireplace in my family room and then hang an 86-inch television that ...
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Efflorescence on chimney bricks inside the house

I have recently whitewashed my brick chimney. It’s irrelevant to the problem but white background color makes efflorescence more noticeable.  After a month of whitewashing, my chimney (January in MA, ...
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How to repair a plaster crack over brick that is a hard wall

I am trying to determine what fill to use in a plaster crack. The plaster is directly over brick. This wall is also an outdoor wall. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Mould like on one window only

I have a weird mould issue. The only window in the house/street like it. There is no leaking pipe etc.
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Does exterior wall cladding have much impact on sound or temperature transmission?

I'm buying a new house which is all brick except of back side. Master's bedroom is going to have 1 siding wall and 1 brick wall. I can select an option to add brick on the back wall for additional $6k....
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Leak above window frame. How to proceed?

I live in a 15yr old townhouse that I bought 2 years ago. Roofing was replaced in 2018 by prev owner. During rain in Dec 2022, I noticed that the lower right window (shown in picture) was leaking ...
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Was my fireplace insert correctly installed?

I just had an outdoor fireplace put in with a gas insert. I hate that the metal sides of the insert are clearly visible. I had my contractor paint them white in the hopes that it would blend in with ...
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Header for exterior door in a brick wall

Hello internet friends, I’m working on replacing an exterior door for my 1940’s walk-out basement in NC. The basement walls are brick, with wood frame built on top. The existing door was framed in ...
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Where to I put house wrap on my brick exterior wall?

We bought an older house that has a crawl space in southern Mississippi. When I took out the existing drywall, it was hung on 1x4 strips attached to brick with masonry nails and there's a gap between ...
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How should I repair a damaged brick post base?

I recently moved into a house with a garage. One of the posts looked off and it’s because it was pushed inside as the edge bricks had cracked off. I have 0 experience with bricks, but I am wondering ...
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Can I relay the bottom three brick rows

So I removed the hearth (3 rows high) of a former fireplace and found that the bottom three rows was sloppily laid, and this hurts my eyes: https://imgur.com/a/q25Gn8W. Can I safely relay them? If so ...
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Why does my exterior door make a loud sound after I lock it?

I have a wooden back door with 9 glass panes and a wooden frame surrounded by brick inside and outside. Sometimes we have to push on it to get it to click all the way shut, if you know what I mean… ...
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How can I fix a hole in the internal brick of a cavity wall?

An electrician was trying to dig out my wall and he just left it like this. He told me he'd come back and fill it with expanding foam. Is this the best way? I was also advised I could use sand & ...
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Can top of brick wall be level?

I understand it is preferable that brick wall tops be sloped so that water drains off instead of permeating into the wall causing accelerated decay. One of the reasons I would like to leave it flat as ...
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What style of home and type of construction is my home built in 1900 in Georgia, USA?

Just purchased this home this year, it was built in 1900 and is Northwest of Atlanta, GA. The real estate and hazard insurance companies considered it a "wood frame," but upon trying to ...
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Which dowel to use for drywall in front of brick wall with air inbetween? [closed]

I want to hang something heavy so would prefer not just using the plaster wall. There is a gap of about two centimeters behind the plaster and then brick. What type of dowel would work best for this? ...
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DIY Stucco Repair on a 100 year old brick rowhome

Hello fellow home improvement masochists. My partner and I are in a 100 year old rowhome in South Philadelphia, and we have a rear exterior wall that is stucco over brick in need of some repair. There ...
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Can I use pavers as a basement floor in an 1830s farm house? [closed]

I have an 1830s New England farm house with a dirt floor basement. I have put down a plastic vapor barrier and put down crushed stone over it. This alone dried the house out considerably, and during ...
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What is this slimy, orange shiny substance on my brick floor?

We just bought an old house (built late ‘70s), and noticed this substance all over the indoor brick floors. What is it?
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Can I cut out asphalt driveway to lay brick?

I just purchased a house and want to remove the asphalt driveway and lay down brick instead for three reasons: First, the existing driveway is very narrow in some places and I want to widen it. Second,...
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The brick is falling away from the rest of the house, how do I fix this the right way?

I bought this house and I noticed this gap in the wall outside. Looks like the previous owner has tried to fix it in the past with foam and other materials. There's a squirrel coming into the attic ...
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What compressive strength are historical Kreischer yellow brick?

I've asked a variation of this question before around using soft mortar for historical brick - and I've seen variations of recommendations on using Type O mortar or some other hydrated lime mix. ...
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What is the correct tuck pointing mortar ratio for a 1907, St louis brick main support column in basement. Lime? Portland? Sand? Water? [duplicate]

The owner believes the bricks are softer bricks due to the age of the house. All the research i have done say's after 1900 most houses in this area used Portland cement, lime, and a sand mix. I just ...
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How can I repair this screw anchored into mortar?

We bought a home where the handrail for the entry steps was screwed into an anchor in the facade mortar. The anchor has pulled away and left a pretty big hole at the joint: The front of the handrail ...
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Can I hang a hammock from a anchor in mortar?

Can I hang a hammock from mortar? I have a hammock that I’m wanting to put up in my back yard. The only way I can achieve this is by using the brick wall and my wooden fence post. The anchor point I ...
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Should I be concerned about the cracking on this exterior brick wall?

I recently purchased this house so I am learning something new about home ownership everyday. Today I noticed this crack on my exterior brick wall. Not sure if this should be a cause for concern or if ...
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Painting over limewash brick

When we moved in to our home an interior brick wall had been painted over with some type of opaque white paint. I decided to limewash the wall - a coat of prep coat and two coats of limewash. It ...
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Attaching ledger board to brick and block wall?

I'm building an enclosed 1 floor addition on the side of our house which will extend our side entry to become a mudroom and provide for a pantry off our kitchen. We need the space under the addition ...
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Are these cracks in a brick wall due to subsidence?

I've had my house about 5 years now, I did notice these cracks but nothing showed up in the report but now I'm starting to get quite worried about them. They've not gotten worse from what I can see ...
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Can I hang shelves on a brick wall from the mortar, not the brick? [duplicate]

We're renting a house with exposed brick walls inside, and would like to put up some shelves. The landlord doesn't want us drilling into the brick itself, but he's fine with us drilling into the ...
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Attached garage with brick exterior facade

I have an attached garage with a brick veneer exterior on 3 sides. The interior walls that were behind the brick walls have completely rotted out and are not structurally sound. At current, one ...
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