Questions tagged [brick]

For questions generally relating to the artificial stone-like building material typically called "brick", and also related materials like "cinder block" and natural stone blocks.

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What would I use to fill a hole in a brick, so that I can re-drill a new hole that overlaps it?

I'm replacing a sillcock in the backyard, which is mounted onto brick, and unfortunately the holes to anchor it are just slightly off and overlap. I'd need to fill the old hole with something that can ...
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Attaching porch roof or pergola to old brick home

I just took apart a very badly made porch attached to an old brick house (built circa 1890). I do not want to go into the details but the old porch was so badly built (cement blocks as footings, ...
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Can you lay bricks up right

When I look at pretty much every building, bricks are laid "flat" or horizontally - this is where the longest part is typically adjacent to the ground. I am aware, this is not a 100% rule, ...
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How can I remove these screws from a brick wall?

We replaced a fire escape ladder on our patio. The old ladder was fixed using screws which I don’t know how to remove. They are kind of loose, I can turn them left or right as much as I want but they ...
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Installing Ladder in Historic Brick Garage

Just bought an old home with a detached 1905 brick garage w/ loft. Currently, the only way to access the space is by pulling out a ladder and climbing through a 16" opening at the end. I'd like ...
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How do I seal and paint over an indoor brick/cement wall?

I am decorating a small room where a small section near the floor used to be covered by tile and just above it the paint and plaster were chipping. I removed the damaged paint and plaster as well as ...
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Removing old paint from brick wall of house

My house has peeling dated wall paint. I'd like it to be taken off and then some re-pointing as necessary. I am not the best DIY person but might attempt at least part on my own, like removing old ...
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Lower level black brick staining

What might be the cause of the lower level black brick staining, shown on the pictures? What is the remedy? I did not get up close to look at these, rather saw them when I was posting neighborhood ...
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Tool to help precision drill 4 holes in a wall?

I need to hang up a mirror and two hangers for cloth. All of them have 4 holes each, so I fear I can't mark and drill the holes exactly in the correct places... So I was wondering if there exist a ...
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What material to tie two cinder block walls together?

I am building a 24" high planter made from cinder block walls: Sketch below. Though it looks like a normal planter, water is pumped in from a pond, and instead of dirt, various layers of ...
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Was the brick laid correctly in this wall?

Could any architect/engineer/brickmason/blockmason/builder/constructor out there give me their honest opinion of this brick wall? Pretty please! Thanks in advance. In my opinion, I feel like it's ...
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Is this small stepped crack under window a worry?

We recently bought a house, nothing like subsidence come up on our survey, we went for a full survey. We have noticed a small stepped crack under the window outside the front. No evidence of any issue ...
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Expanding a window downwards in a brick face [closed]

I understand that expanding a brick window is an expensive operation, and I was wondering what went into such an operation. We have a window in the front of our house that we want to expand downwards, ...
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Filling first concrete floor with Autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) brick to 3 feet height is good?

First concrete floor is with 500 sq.ft. area. Out of this, 200 sq.ft. is in projected form for about 3 feet height. So, we are planning to fill in with AAC blocks up to 3 feet height for the rest of ...
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Rusted screws in outdoor outlet box

Summarize the problem I need help removing rusted screws from an outdoor outlet box. A few notes: The outlet box was used for an outdoor light that I removed I turned off the breaker I have access to ...
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1920 UK London House - How should I internal insulate?

The house was built in the 1920's east of London. The inside walls are cold to touch and we are considering insulating them. The house was recently externally rendered without external insulation :( ...
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Cracks in my brick

I posted before that I have interior cracks in my house. Nail pops all over the house. And now I checked outside of my house I found cracks in the brick on the same side of the house. House build in ...
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How to remove bricks cemented on patio floor? Who do we hire? [closed]

My patio has some bricks cemented on top of older ones that I wish to remove. What kind of service do we need to hire for having the top bricks removed? Cement or mortar was used to set the bricks.
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How do I renovate these walls to be smooth?

My skill level: Complete novice The walls in my apartment are quite old, and I would like to renovate them and make them smooth and modern, Similar to the walls in this article at The Spruce. (sort of)...
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How can I remove adhesive/glue from bricks?

My wife and I bought our home 2 years ago and we recently had water damage in our basement. After getting a sump pump and drain installed, we decided to redo the basement which includes a fireplace. ...
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Fixing brick cracks above garage door

My house had foundation issues several times which is fixed now and after every fix we get more brick cracks above the garage door. Some people say that foundation has nothing to do with those cracks ...
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How to determine if brick wall can withstand weight of TV with 1m swivel arm?

I live in a brick house in Spain and want to mount a large 65" TV on an internal brick wall. When I knock on it with my knuckles I get a hollow sound. I suspect they are perforated brick as shown ...
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How do I fix a hole in an interior block wall?

Whilst doing some kitchen renovation I noticed a rather large hole in a cinder block wall the size of half a block. It seems that it was done with a lump hammer in order to plumb in some pipes. There ...
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Is there a cost efficient way to add windows to a brick house?

We bought this house built in the 60s and it has these small windows that don’t provide much light . The house is brick but I’m wondering how difficult it would be to put in larger windows instead of ...
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How to fill gap between brickwork and new door lining

I have just had someone install a new door lining, it's not gone off without a hitch unfortunately. I have been advised to fill the large gap with bonding but it's 190mm deep and my (not small) palm ...
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Are 9kg bricks too heavy to build an arch

I am having a go at making a pizza oven. I know very little about DIY and as such, this project is more about the experience (not the final result!). I purchased some fire bricks but I did not expect ...
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How can I make a long wall perfectly level?

I am installing a short stone wall, made from these bricks. The wall is not tall, about 2.5' (0.8 m), but it is about 140' (45 m) in length. The wall needs to be strong to withstand flash floods, ...
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Damp exterior bricks near the roof and windows

I been looking everywhere. Some say it could be a drainage issue or mold. Would anyone know what could cause this discoloration?
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Best tool and approach to cut new hole for airbrick in Victorian stone house wall?

It has been recommended by a building surveyor that will install another airbrick in the external wall of our Victorian house to help with airflow in the sub floor. I have seen multiple examples ...
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What to use to seal an exterior cable penetration in brick?

A Comcast tech came to our 3-unit building, ran a new cable into the utility room, and pulled out the seal that was there before, leaving it open as we're getting cold and wet for fall. What should I ...
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Exposing brick chimney in kitchen

My 1916 house has a brick chimney (no fireplace) that runs through the corner of my kitchen and I was considering removing paneling/plaster to expose the brick. I chiseled away a small test square and ...
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Will a cement mixer extend the working life of mortar?

I'm going to do some brickwork on my own. Last time it was quite the job to mix up mortar and get it laid before it started to go off (I know, working in pairs would be helpful!). I know I can ...
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Converting wood burning fireplace to gas

I have a brick fireplace in the basement of our house and I want to convert it over to gas. The fireplace is very close to the furnace room (aprox. 5 feet). I will need to drill through about 2 foot ...
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Structurally mounting to hollow brick

I am replacing an old balcony with these custom designed supports. When I drilled in with 1/2 masonry sleeves it would not grab. Looking at the brick, its hollow. Is there any way to safely secure ...
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How to cut a concrete block without expensive tools?

I am building a wall from concrete retention wall bricks. I need to cut one brick in half so it can fit in the wall. The solutions here are too expensive, I only need to cut one brick. Is there any ...
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Best way to fill large (3") vertical crack in solid brick party wall?

I live in an East Coast row-house built in the early 1920s. There is a 3" crack in the solid brick party wall that I need to address (see photos). My neighbor's baby's room is on the other side ...
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Can I put crushed stone on top of sand base for brick patio?

I have a brick patio that is not level and filled with weeds. There are areas where it slopes down and the back up. I live in Maryland so it can get really hot and cold but I have not seen other areas ...
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What could be done to clean black staining from red brickwork?

I have recently purchased an old house (built in approximately 1900) in the United Kingdom as a renovation project. The brickwork under the porch has been fairly well protected over the years and is ...
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How can I seal between a concrete patio and a brick wall?

I have patio that's connected with brick from my house. Where the brick and the patio meet there is a crack along the entire perimeter. Its a fairly small no larger than a hairline crack. I'd like to ...
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Is it okay not to use a hammer drill with tapcon screws?

I got some tapcon screws to hang a floating shelf in brick. However, reading the directions, I see it says to use a hammer drill for the pilot hole. I don't have one. Is it going to work fine with a ...
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Exterior Cement Patio poured all the way to exterior brick of the house. Water proofing options?

My house was built in 1955, at some point (unknown) a cement patio was poured beside the house. The cement was poured all the way to the brick work of the house (No visible gap or nor is there a good ...
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how to mount power strip to brick wall

I've got a power strip with no mounting holes. I need to mount it to a brick wall, as I have back probs and want to cut down on bending. Any ideas on how to do this?
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Is this brick knee wall tied in to the main wall?

We would like to remove the L-shaped brick "knee wall" in the picture on the left. The picture on the right shows the seam between the knee wall and the main wall of the house. Is the knee ...
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Best way to fix gate post over foundation that extends

1930s brick house. Foundation at ground level extends 8 inches out. Want to put a 3.5 x 3.5 post right next to the wall and have these ideas(post will have gate latch): Build a form next to wall that ...
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Lime mortar for indoor applications

I have a question. Can I use lime mortar (hydrated lime and sand mix) for indoor applications? I have to re-point an old, brick wall (This is my first time doing it). Is it safe health-wise? What else ...
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Laminate floor against fireplace brick

We are installing a laminate floor in our family room and have precisely the same problem as described in this question. The brick is not even close to flat where it meets the floor, leading to ugly ...
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Parallel seam between drywall and plastered brick

Most of the interior walling in my house that is under construction is using single skin brick with plaster. In a few locations we require "cavity" doors and space has been left in the ...
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Mounting pull up bar to clay hollow concrete wall

I've recently decided to mount a pull up bar (indoor) but I came across a series of issues, I've already read other articles on this site but none of them helped. So it's everything pretty much ...
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Re-drilling into existing hole in plasterboard/breeze block

I live in the UK. I drilled a hole to hang a mirror and it’s slightly off, I’d like to shift it over to a new location, the new location will be half over the old hole. So I’d like to fill the ...
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Brick to drywall

My home was built in 1971. There is a brick fireplace that runs up the entire wall. The mortar is cracking and breaking in chunks(about 1" thickness) where the fireplace attaches to the wall. I ...

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