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 is going on with my foundation footer?

I have a wet subfloor and been advised to lay a french drain around the house. I have been watching a lot of youtube videos on how to lay ag pipes immediately next to the foundation footer (the red ...
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Should I try to open filled brick weep holes?

I may have made a stupid mistake. Last year I found some wasps in the weep hole in my brick veneer house. The problem is that I didn't know what a weep hole was at the time, so I killed the wasps, ...
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How to remove mortar stains on bricks?

I have a newly laid brick wall (about a week ago). A day after the job was done, I used garden hose to wash the wall. The stains did not go away at all. Some people suggested to spray some vinegar on ...
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What hard thing am I hitting in my brick wall?

I'm drilling several 2.5cm deep holes (all horizontally about half a meter from the roof) to install some large IKEA Pax cabinets into an internal single-brick wall. I'm drilling into a wall with a ...
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Anchoring wall mounted parasol

I have bought a wall mounted parasol (this one), and now I need to attach it to my house. The parasol comes with 14mm wall-plugs and appropriate carriage bolts - my problem lies in where to attach it. ...
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Difference between Impact vs normal drill bits for Masonary with sufficient BPM impact

So a Disclaimer - This is not a product review (so please do not misunderstand the intent) I have got a trades-grade impact drill - DeWalt DCD795 which has enough torque and impact bpm to drill ...
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What is the best way to paint the exterior of an old brick wall?

I want to paint a large external brick wall. The building is around 55 years old and the mortar between the bricks has recently been deteriorating fast due to excessive rain and wind, hence letting ...
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What is this plank above the Joist pocket for

Why does this joist have a wooden plank above the pocket embedded in the wall? Some of the other Joists in the house do not have this.
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Choosing pilot hole size for brick

I'm new to drilling but I've read up as much as I can. I need to drill some 8mm holes in brick (not the mortar) for 8mm rawlplugs. I'll be using a 550W Bosch corded hammer drill and I have a set of ...
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What causes these white and black marks on brickwork?

I was looking at a brick wall and noticed on the wall it had lots of small marks. They were black and some white patches. What is likely to cause these marks? Is it an indication of a bigger problem ...
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Can rainwater seep through a single-layer brick wall in large quantities?

There is some not-so-small amount of rainwater entering our basement from the top of a window. I have checked the roof and gutters and fixed all cracks in the mortar between bricks on the exterior ...
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What type of framing do I have in my 1870s brick house?

I recently purchased a brick house built in the 1870s. We have a second floor sag right in the center of the house that I like to straighten out a bit because I'm going to have a tough time putting ...
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How can I secure a network faceplate without a box frame?

I forgot to put capping over the network cable before the plasterers came, so now the network cable is stuck too long. There is a metal back box, but the holes on the faceplate no longer align with ...
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Need help identifying masonry wall composition

I have a British house dating from the 1890s to 1940s - it was partially destroyed by a rocket in the war, so some bits are old and some are new. I am trying to identify the composition of an internal ...
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Long Crack in External Wall. What has caused this?

Viewed this victorian, end of terrace house- The only glaring problem is a lengthy crack running down the side. The estate agent has said that the owner had these addressed in a structural survey and ...
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How do you know if a home with brick veneer is masonry or frame? [closed]

How do you know if a home with brick veneer is masonry or frame? https://www.bing.com/maps?osid=d8f9b72f-6595-407c-a618-2c14fbb501d5&cp=30.69822~-87.076315&lvl=19&dir=365.8949&pi=0....
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Hole in Outside Brick House Repair

anyone have any idea how to fix this? I had a plumber chip it away cause of an old tap that burst and replaced the pipe inside and tap. Attached are photos for reference. Would it be OK to just use ...
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Remove plaster from brick

We recently purchased a 130+ years old house and have been restoring the plaster walls. We realized one of the walls is the chimney to the fireplace. I removed the plaster as best as I could before ...
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Do these cracks in a brick wall indicate foundation movement?

This is the back wall of my detached single garage. It's just single skin, built in the 60s and as I want to use this building as a workshop, I'm looking to spend a bit of money getting it properly ...
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Close off an unwanted window

I have a window that I'm looking to remove from the middle of the kitchen and replace with cabinetry. I will replace the opening with new framing and OSB for sheathing outside. My question is ...
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Anchoring cameras to Hardie Plank and brick

I am trying to anchor several cameras to Hardie Plank board and to brick. I wanted to ask before I make a mistake in the install. For both Hardie and brick, I was going to use #10 anchors and screws ...
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Maximum weight on a brick wall (not brackets)

I’m looking to put up about 14 metres of bookshelves (5 separate shelves between 1.2metres and 3.5 metres) on a wall (brick wall/masonry) built in the 50s using approx 32 strong brackets in the attic (...
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Should a shear wall be strapped to a chimney?

We are seismically retrofitting our 1951 home. The chimney is in one corner of the garage and both walls abut into the chimney, but neither wall appears to be fastened to the chimney. The wall on ...
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How should I insulate my old brick house?

My house was built in 1920 out of a single layer of 8-inch thick hollow brick. I am looking to insulate the walls in the upstairs entirely from scratch -- there's no insulation on them at all right ...
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Can I repair a broken cubic/patterned breeze block with plaster or something similar?

At my place there is a feature wall with those patterened cubic breeze blocks. A couple of them are broken (eg some of the "spokes" are missing). Is it possible to repair these with some ...
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Does a brick sleeve anchor need to go all the way in?

I want to hang a heavy piece of art (~8 lbs) over the bed, so I want to make sure that it is very securely attached. I was going to use a toggle bolt, but after drilling the hole in the wall, it seems ...
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Face of brick fell off. Can I glue/cement it back on? How?

The face of one brick fell off while I was removing spalled concrete below it. Can I glue/cement the face back on? How? The face is fairly thick (1/4 " maybe). The yellow hammer is holding it so ...
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Is this sand or motar?

Originally I was going to repair the joints on my 20 yo brick stairs (pic A) As I was chipping away the broken joints I noticed a few of the joints had the consistency of wet beach sand and I could ...
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Insulating stuccoed terra cotta garage walls

We have a detached garage that's made of hollow clay bricks (structural terra cotta) covered in stucco, both inside and out. I'd like to insulate and heat it for use in the winter. The problem is that ...
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What is this metal "brick" doing under the stone veneer of a fireplace?

I'm in the process of removing a stone veneer from a fireplace in our basement, as there's white brick underneath that I want to expose. This fireplace is identical to an upstairs one that has the ...
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Best way to flash pvc deck frieze board to brick/concrete

I'm resurfacing a deck and installing a waterproofing spline between the deckboards called Dexerdry. The first board sits in routed 5/4 x 4 PVC which is fastened to the exterior of the house. A few ...
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Should rough, rustic terracotta tiles be treated with linseed oil? Or what else?

I have seen advice (for example here - note, scroll down 1 article) to seal terracotta tiles with one or more coats of boiled linseed oil and then floor wax. The pictures I've seen attached to this ...
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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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