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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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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How to prepare vertical brick surface so Portland cement based mixtures (concrete, mortar) will adhere properly?

I have a sub grade vertical stack of perforated brick (foundation) which I need to coat in a thick layer of mortar or concrete in order to fill gaps, creating a flat surface for subsequent painting/...
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What is this metal block found in our yard?

We found this metal block while digging in our yard. It is 3x4x11 inches, very heavy (around 30 lbs), and shows rust. Our property is in Charlotte, North Carolina. Does anyone know what it is and its ...
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Holes in brick mortar?

There are a couple holes in my house's exterior brick mortar about 3/8" in diameter. Is there any reason not to fill them in? I only hesitate because my masonry knowledge is pretty much nil. ...
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How long should I wait to drill holes into brand new mortar?

I just repaired loose bricks on my house in preparation to install new window shutters. When would it be ok to drill holes into the mortar and install the shutters? From my other research I'm going to ...
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How to mount TV on brick

I have a 75" TV that I want to mount above a wood burning fireplace (don't worry, the fireplace is not in use!) in a 1920s built house. I have bought this pulldown mount from Monoprice (https://...
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Cracks in bricks, needs foundation work or can it be watched?

This house belongs to my mother who is in her 70's. She already needs a new roof and is saving for that. As of now she can not really afford to fix foundation so I need honest opinions. Is this ...
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Best approach for smoothing brick

I am rebuilding the wall at the front of my house, but the previous (now partially taken down) wall was built into the pillar on my neighbours land. It used to look like this (pillar is 100% on ...
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Best way to attach trellis to brick

What is the correct way to attach a wooden trellis to brick? Should the mounting bolts (screws?) go into the brick or into the mortar between the bricks? What is the best practice? If it matters and ...
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Drilling into brick through stucco

I have a new flood light/security camera that I want to mount above the back deck. The current flood light is a bit low and doesn't have a proper junction box. I want to use that connection and run ...
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How to maintain an old brick wall

we have a small section of exposed brick from an old chimney in the kitchen. The chimney is now used as an exhaust for the furnaces in the basement (and maybe for the kitchen exhaust in a different ...
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Garden wall pointing / capping advice needed

I’m hoping to get some advice on a project I’m planning. I bought a house last year that has a 2 foot retaining wall between the decking and the lawn. It’s a red brick wall and looks to be in pretty ...
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Painting External brick wall

I plan to paint the brick wall from foundation to the DPC which is 6 courses deep. Will bitumen be more ideal or a breathable storm/weathershield protection, as well as a primer/stabilising solution. ...
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Leveling first row of CMUs on uneven slab

So I may have a couple to many beers when pouring the slab for my new outdoor fireplace, and "forgot" that I needed to pour it level and not follow the slop of the patio. Whoops... https://ibb.co/...
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What is the optimal method of dealing with leaking brick veneer?

My home is brick veneer (one layer). Interior is all drywall, mostly put up by the people who sold me the house 4 years ago (it was a flip). We're in Tampa, so we get a lot of rain, but the only time ...
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hanging shelves on 1/2 in. drywall to 3/4 fur strips (1x2s) to 100 year old (hidden) brick

I attempted to hang floating shelves with heavy duty sleeve anchors (4" long, 1/2" hex), in a wall that is 1/2 inch drywall on 1x2 fur strips, on 100+ year old brick. I'll note the brick wall once had ...
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How to repair this plastered wall with brickwork in bad condition?

I discovered a very wobbly patch of wall about a metre square below a window. The plaster had clearly come away from the brick, so I chipped it off with a view to re-plastering it. Towards the top of ...
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Having doubts about my mason

I have just hired a young mason for a few projects, one of which was to patch a hole in the brick wall and the other to build a low garden wall. I hired him on the basis of pictures that he texted me ...
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Can I set bricks with mortar on a new concrete stoop before it cures?

I'm pouring a new stoop, and I'd like to finish the corners with a brick that's used elsewhere on the house, so everything ties in. I'm planning on pouring the stoop with a channel for the brick, so ...
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Damp proofing a single-skin outbuilding for batten & insulation

I have a small outbuilding (~2m x 4.5m) which I currently use for storing tools and my bicycle. It's a semi-detached single-skin construction with a concrete roof, concrete floor and single-skin brick ...
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Safety cover for exposed brick exhaust inside a bedroom

My husband and I just purchased a 95 year old Dutch Colonial with an old brick stack now being used to exhaust the gas furnace. The brick is exposed in one of the upstairs bedrooms which currently ...
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Mounting a TV above a fireplace

So, we have a 65" TV that we are thinking about mounting above our fireplace. The fireplace is made of brick and has a wooden mantel. Is it really a bad idea to mount the TV above the fireplace? ...
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Is this joint between the foundation and first row of mortar typical

Just wondering if this is a normal appearance for the area where the foundation and first row of mortar/brick meet. There are no signs of any structural cracks or anything like that in the area. Is ...
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How to remove a brick & mortar planter from inside a home

Just purchased a 1959 ranch home and it looks like what is now the family room may have been an enclosed porch in the past. There is an odd knee-high brick planter box ( ? ) along a painted paneled ...
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How can I hang a shelf off of existing screws in brick wall?

Recently moved into an apartment, and setting it up. I need to hang a projector and a video game console off of a brick wall in the home. Ideally, because it's an apartment, I don't alter the wall. ...
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How is my house's foundation constructed?

I would have thought I'd be able to do an image search for help figuring this out, but so far I've been unable to put together a set of keywords that looks like my situation. I have a two-story house ...
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Remove bumpy mortar left of the wall

This is a 30 year old wall. The old plaster is removed. Beneath the old plaster there is bumpy mortar left. What is the best way to get rid of them and get a nice flat surface ready for replastering?
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Can structural bricks be used as pavers for a patio?

I've seen a few Q & A'a on here concerning using structural bricks but there really hasn't been a clear consensus. I am planning on putting them on their side and not using any sand or mortar for ...
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Respirator or mask for brick (crystalline silica) and mold?

I'm looking for a simple safety solution for multiple small projects that keep coming up. But it's not clear what safety mask and filters to buy. For example, I read an article that states that I ...
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Cleaning water staining on brick work

I have a problem with water run off causing some dark staining on light coloured brick. The water is dripping down from the canopy and running along the brickwork all the way down to the ground. I ...
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How aggressive should one be with replacing aged steel pipes in a Norfolk VA brick house?

I'm house-sitting my son's house that he just bought. It is at least middle aged and I'm concerned that it is a hidden cost. The exterior is red brick and the plumbing, as far as I can tell, is all ...
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Anchoring shelves on hollow wall backed by brick

I'm working on hanging an Ikea Lisabo shelf. Earlier, I put one on a wall without much trouble using snap toggles, which are great. However, this second shelf, on a different wall, is giving me ...
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Should I seal a brick chimney breast on party wall

I have exposed a brick chimney breast in a late Victorian (1885) terraced house in the north of England. I've cleaned the bricks up and am really happy with how it looks. I've started looking into ...
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How to check whether demolition brick is safe to use?

I would like to reuse demolition brick from building that was part of chemical factory. Factory was closed about 10 years ago, I know that sulphides and acids were heavily used there. I wonder if it's ...
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Can I fill cinder blocks with soil/dirt?

I have two short raised beds made of cinder blocks (8 in. and 16 in. tall) that isn't finished yet. I was wondering if it's okay to fill the voids of the blocks with excess soil from my yard? I live ...
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How to straighten a curved/crooked brick wall?

So yesterday I was trying to put up a frame using 3M command strips and they kept on coming off because only half the strip was actually touching the wall. Then I realised the whole wall was actually ...
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Any structural issues when creating an 11" diameter hole in brick wall?

I'd like to install an external blower for a range hood. Spec says an 11" diameter. I have a 12" thick brick wall. I'm wondering if there are any structural issues with making a hole that big. The ...
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What is the best way to tidy outdoor items around block paving?

There are 3 aspects (circled in red) that I would like to tidy around some bricks and block paving. 2 cables coming out of brickwork into the block paving on both ends, and cuts around a drain. Are ...
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how to correct a crooked joint of brick veneer and drywall

Installed brick veneer around a fireplace but failed to put a guideline where it met the gype wall. The line is slightly crooked... any ideas to hide this? If I rip out the bricks on the edge and ...

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