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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Brick support angle iron too tight to shingles to replace shingles

We have a front garage with bedroom over half of the garage, with brick facing. The brick support angle is right on top of the shingles and does not allow shingle replacement. Can the old shingles be ...
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Filling gap between side wall and lowered staircase

I demolished the old concrete staircase going to my basement from the street planning to lower it approximately one step below to match the basement level, which I dug out a foot some years ago. The ...
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Is this safe? Sandwiched 2x2s taking weight of ceiling

We’ve started doing some work on our stairway, where we need to replace the 2x6 with 2 2x7s because we are making the clearance bigger. We’ve noticed that the current 2x6 joist parallel with the ...
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Joist not sitting on brick wall

We are swapping out the current joist on our stairway for a bigger one 2x7 instead of 2x6 as we are making the head clearance more. however, we’ve seen something a bit worrying. It appears that this ...
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Replacing Block Windows Mortared In Brick Veneer

I've got 3 basement block windows to replace with vented block windows and need some help on a way to handle this that will leave me with a decent end result. The block windows were installed in the ...
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How to seal this gap where the original house meets the addition?

Some form of squirrel or chipmunk has been hanging out in my basement. The exterminator placed some glue traps on the ridge formed by the cinder (cement?) blocks, and the critter got into them. He was ...
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Problems removing silicone from brick

In the process of remodeling the house and there was some "decorative" plywood attached on both sides of a sliding glass door. It was fastened with masonry nails and seals with silicone ...
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How can I anchor deck tension ties to solid brick?

I am currently repairing a deck that is several years old and noticed that it does not have deck tension ties installed. The ledger is hung on a solid brick wall (8” thick, two courses). The brick ...
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What to do about daylight between brick and mortar?

I noticed a small space between this brick and the mortar underneath it on my front porch. It’s wide enough for me to fit a piece of old duct tape into the gap. I’m not sure when it was repointed last....
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Should newly added house steps feature insulation?

I’m building steps from my house to the garden, where previously there was decking. I’ve already poured concrete for the steps base, leaving underneath a layer of MOT sub base which I compacted. Plan ...
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Are lumber prices now high enough that building with brick/concrete is more price efficient in the US? [closed]

I’m looking at purchasing a piece of land and building my own home within Washington state. Traditionally, single family homes around here are built with lumber rather than brick or concrete due to ...
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Resources for extreme DIY'er to build brick garage

I'm an experienced DIY'er here in the upper midwest of the United States and was planning on building my own stick built 16x24 foot detached garage this fall 2021 or spring 2022. As we all know, the ...
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Patching a hole in wall for reuse

I was trying to hang an IKEA Kallax shelf on the wall but ended up tearing away part of the wall. I am not too sure what kind of wall this is (in a ~1960s apartment building), first layer looks like ...
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Polymeric sand bonding to wood

I have steps about 4ft high built of interlocking pavers leading up to my front door. The sill on my front door is a nice piece of 2" oak. When I had the steps rebuilt about 4 years ago, I ...
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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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