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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 jointer with springy blades

I saw a video where the mortar on brick steps was being repaired. The jointer being used had flexible, springy blade-tips, not rigid ones. I'm looking for the name of that tool. What is that style ...
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How to Clean old bricks?

I've got a pile of old bricks taken from when my chimney was deconstructed as it was an earthquake risk. They look like this I'd like to reuse them since they're fire bricks I assume, so I might be ...
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Leak above window during rain, is this caused by a masonry drainage problem?

I've lived in the same brick rowhouse for about 2 years. It's been raining for 36 of the last 48 hours, heavily at times, and I am seeing some rain leaking to the inside: above one of the larger ...
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Move or remove a downspout inside brick wall

I just moved into 1912 townhouse in DC. It has cast iron drain lines for the gutter downspouts. One of the lines is clogged, but I assume it eventually connects to the sewer. At some point in the ...
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No studs just furring strips on brick for cabinet install

1961 kichen remodel-and the exterior wall is brick with furring strips with drywall. This is the longest wall and will have the majority of wall cabinets (old cabs were nailed into the ceiling). ...
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Need help installing the pull up bar i just bought

i am a rookie that hasnt done much installing/drilling etc. in my life (just turned 18 ;P). So i bought this pull up bar online, assembled it, but now i have to install it to my wall. At first i ...
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How to make a 8 inch hole through a brick wall for venting

I am planning on Installing a Vent hood the manufacturer recommends 8 inch duct work. I am looking for options to make this hole. 1) Diamond hole saw. I couldn't find a diamond hole saw in 8 inch. ...
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Shade Sail post on brick/cinder block rooftop surface.

I am trying to install 4x4 wood posts to hold up a rectangular shade sail on my rooftop. The posts will be free-standing with nothing attached besides the sail. Ideally, I would be able to attach ...
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Building work on concrete in a very wet environment - natural spring

My garage area, which is currently just a concrete slab for parking cars on, has a natural spring that pops up just at ground level. The water never stops, and the concrete there is permanently wet ...
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How to keep brick face clean when applying fresh mortar?

In the few times I have replaced bricks in my home, I always feel the end result is a little messy. Specifically, despite my best efforts, the brick face ends up a little "smeared" with mortar. What ...
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How to remove brick step

I want to remove this bricks and mortar step. I have a brick bolster and hammer. Will that do the job? It looks like it isn't so well "stuck" at the bottom. Should I start there and see if the whole ...
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Cover or Do Away with the Brick Ledge on Foundation Wall

We have a brick veneer on the front face of the foundation wall that goes down about 4 bricks in depth on that foundation by way of a brick ledge, making that foundation top side smaller than the rest ...
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Crumbling brickwork on exterior wall

House is approximately 40 years old. On a wall on a balcony the brick work appears to be crumbling. What is causing this to happen and what can be done to fix this? We can see both sides of the wall ...
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How to install reclaimed stone pathway without plastic edging? [closed]

I;m installing a 3' wide path made out of reclaimed stones. Is there a proper way to install this path without using plastic edging on the sides of the path? These paths have been done before and all ...
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How should I treat my garage wall?

I want to turn my garage into a bit of a woodworking shop (I am an amateur at best) so I want to put things on the wall such as tools and other things that must be stored there. My garage has very ...
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Can I put an Ethernet port in my brick wall?

I want to set up a new network in my home and need one by where my computer is. The problem is I don't know if I can put the ethernet cable and port into the wall without problems. Thanks in advance
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Can “dirty” brick finish be removed?

I was looking at some brick suppliers for a project and I've come across an odd trend. A whole lot of brick suppliers have some kind of finish on the brick that's frankly ugly. The fashion looks like ...
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Can I remove this interior brick chimney?

Bricks are all messed up I'm curious if I can just remove the hump part? This is on the ground floor.
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Correct air vent for a gap found in wall

I am renovating a room in my house and I have come across the hole pictured. It used to be covered by a light wooden box that allowed the air to flow upwards. I was not to keen on it and have taken it ...
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Need to Remove and Replace a Hook that is in Concrete

I have a metal hook that has been put into hole in a brick wall using concrete. I am wanting to remove it as a piece of the hook snapped off. What is the easiest way to remove this hook and replace? ...
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Laying bricks over old concrete sidewalks

I just moved into an old house. The previous homeowner had concrete slabs as the sidewalks that are in touch with the house wall. From what I know, the concrete slabs not only provide a flat solid ...
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How to Pocket joist into double Wythe solid Brick wall?

I have a project in which I am relocating a staircase in a home I recently purchased. The engineer's drawings show the joists being pocketed into the walls. My original understanding was that you ...
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Is my contractor guy doing a botch up job with repointing

Is my contractor guy doing a botch up job with repointing. Is it normal that it's drying out all cracked up like this and it's easy to crumble. They are only using the masonry cement type S and color ...
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Ideas for securing decorative trim to brick

I have what looks like a 10" x 3/4 board with some crown trim attached to the brick above my garage. It is currently attached with square cut masonry nails, and part of it is loose. I'd like to ...
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Remedies for brick veneer movement

This property is on a walk-out basement foundation in a heavy clay soil. In several places, the brick veneer has moved, cracking and causing misalignment as pictured. The one pictured is by far the ...
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What material to use for cosmetic red brick touch ups outside?

There are some holes in the brickwork on the outside of my house from unneeded cable clips, anchors and DIY jobs gone bad. Nothing structurally significant but I do want to achieve a cleaner look. ...
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How feasible is it to reuse the bricks when rebuilding a wall?

I knocked down a wall (drove into it). I have had two builders along to quote for repairing this wall. One builder says that he can reuse the bricks to rebuild the wall. The other says that there is ...
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(UK) What should I do about my damp external wall skirting?

This is year 4 in my Victorian house (UK). The inside wall's paint is starting to flake and the outside wall skirt is wet. It could be the paving height is too high? But should the skirt get wet all ...
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Is this efflorescence?

Is this efflorescence or something else? As you can see I used a power washer on a few bricks and it came off but I am currently looking into what kind of acid I can used to clean the bricks Thanks
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How do I put a brick wall where an exterior window is?

I have a detached garage with fairly large sliding windows (previous owner installed these) with a brick exterior. I want to remove the windows and close up the wall with bricks. What do I need to ...
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How best to deal with this crumbling interior brickwork?

While I was repainting the interior, some plaster started coming off the old brickwork in my new house. I now have a 50cm by 50cm hole. Underneath, the mortar is crumbling and some bricks are cracked....
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How to insulate under a front door

100 year old brick house with a new front door. Thee door is awesome at stoppiing the cold, but there is a space under the door where cold still comes in. I originally put some fiberglass pink ...
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How to effectively clean existing bricked columns?

Good day, my first time asking for assistance here. Thanks in advance I would like to apply a white wash effect on my existing brick columns, however they are quite inconsistent and uneven due to ...
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How to insulate brick gap behind steam radiator?

On my bathroom floor I can feel a ton of cold air coming through right behind my steam radiator when it is off. Here is a picture of the radiator with the cover on. Below is a picture with the ...
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Insulating exterior walls - 1890s City Home Remodel

My exterior walls are double wythe bricks and covered with an inch of plaster on the inside. I would like to insulate them without hurting the brick as they are in good condition. I have read that ...
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To use or Not - Vapor Barrier for Brick House

My wife and I recently purchased a mid-1800's brick schoolhouse and are remodeling it from top to bottom. We stripped the walls down to the original brick (3 brick layers deep), and we then proceeded ...
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How to fill recess in fireplace before tiling

I wish to tile a fireplace pictured below The brickwork has a recessed area directly above the firebox (pictured below) This recessed area measures 28" x 8" x 1-1/2" I wish to tile over the recessed ...
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What Kind of Paint for Basement Chimney?

I have a chimney that's used to vent the exhaust from my heating system to the outside. The base of the chimney sits in the center of my basement. I've been doing work to make the basement easier on ...
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Potential efflorescence and how to remove?

I've been painting my garage recently (interior) and everything seemed fine until I reached a point where the wall looked a bit stained and white. I painted over it thinking it wasn't an issue however ...
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Big vertical crack in brick wall and loose bricks

I cleaned off some loose plaster (which was evidently a patch) around hairline cracks and I found this. The 2 holes actually contained bricks which were glued in with plaster (I saved the bricks). ...
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NCV meter beeping over large area of a wall

I use non contact voltage tester function of Uni-t ut210e for detecting main wires under/in walls. It worked pretty well until yesterday. The wall is made of bricks/mortar and some metal profiles (as ...
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Safe/ less damaging way or method to attach/ screw these wall hook fixtures for easier future removal?

So I've got 2 (small 4 hook) + 1 (Long 6 hook) of these collapsing hook fixtures (each has 2/3 holes for screws) as shown in pictures. I've tried to label the surrounding things as well as I can. ...
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adding a guard rail to a flat roof [closed]

So I have a flat roof that is was at some point a nice sun porch off of what is now an office. When we bought this house this summer we had the door to it replaced and in working in my office I cant ...
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Sealing behind brick veneer

We've just removed the Gyprock (drywall) from our walls to install acoustic/thermal insulation and new acoustic plaster. In doing so, we've found that our 1969 home has nothing at all against the ...
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How to seal old stove vent hole in brick wall?

We have an old stove vent that is no longer in use and now covered by drywall and cabinets on the interior, but the old exterior vent flap remains. We opened the flap and were surprised to find a ...
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How to detect where water is coming from on external wall

I have recently moved into a new house and when it is raining two patches of water can be seen on either side of the front door: The pointing has been recently done around the area and I cannot see ...
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Best and thinnest way to cover masonry brick wall with drywall

I am remodeling my 1950s home and I have exterior walls made out of masonry bricks (cinder bricks). The interior of the bricks has been painted many times over. I've been given 2 basic ...
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Structural (cored) bricks for a patio?

I have the opportunity to purchase some pallets of structural bricks, the cored ones with three holes in them. I want to use them to build a patio but I live in Ohio where the winters can get harsh. ...
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Options for interior brick walls damaged by rotary hammer

I recently removed some very deteriorated plaster from an interior brick wall. I used a rotary hammer and a traditional hammer and chisel. After having removed about half the plaster I stopped because ...
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brick chimney chips

What could be reasons that a brick chimney outside of house chips off. So the bricks, chimney built of, chip off, large pieces fell off. Is it normal aging process, or low quality bricks/mortar ...