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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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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House with many cracked external wall bricks

I saw a house recently, approx. 20-30 years old in the London area. I cannot say if it has double tied cavity walls or it is the cheaper version which is essentially a wooden house with a single brick ...
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Are bricks better insulator than vinyl?

I’m thinking of building a new home 2500 sqft, and my budget doesn’t allow for luxury build however I want to invest on where its really worth and going to provide value to home. Could you please ...
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How to anchor brick vertically to concrete slab

Here's a concrete slab porch that was finished with paving bricks on top, and then matching pavers attached to the vertical front face with what appears to be some form of Liquid Nails. The pavers ...
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What is this protrusion of bricks in my wall?

My house was built in 1904 in St. Louis, USA. It has a brick exterior. Currently, one of the side walls has a narrow stack of bricks near the back of the house. The stack starts in the basement and ...
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What type of mortar should be used for small mortar repair on a 100 year old house?

I've read that one should use a special type of mortar with old brick houses because they expand more - portland mortar vs soft lime. The recommendation from the NY Landmarks Commission states: ...
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Is this crack between bricks a concern?

I just noticed this crack that has formed along an exterior window. Does this seem like something that needs repair, or just some caulking? I noticed that for some reason the bricks were not ...
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Crack between brick backed plaster and plasterboard backed plaster

I have a room where there is a large crack running from floor to ceiling along one of the walls. To the left of the crack it sounds solid and appears to be plastered onto the side of the chimney, to ...
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How weather resistant are Fire Bricks?

I’d like to build an outdoor cooking area and use wood as fuel. This area would be an elevated platform, 2-2.5 feet off the ground and about 6 square feet in surface area, to use with a grate and/or ...
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Preventing condensation on the inside of an exposed structural exterior brick wall

I have a 1920's town home with exterior brick walls. In the upstairs bedroom on the northwest corner, I occasionally see condensation forming and running down the brick wall in the winter. This is ...
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Foundation related crack assesment

I'm considering purchasing a home built in 1969 in a region with clay soil, where foundation settling is quite common. Looking at the exterior brick veneer, I noticed numerous cracks on 3 sides of the ...
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Recurrent cracks in brick wall

There are recurrent cracks in the brick wall shown in the image. The cracks have approximately equal width along their length. The cracks appeared within the first year of construction of the house. ...
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Crumbling bricks behind fireplace

I had the fireplace removed in my house but the back wall bricks are in bad condition. The surface is crumbly around the area behind the opening, but seem to be ok higher up. Although the quick job ...
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Cutting out existing steel duct in bathroom vent

I'm enlarging my bathroom vent. It's a brick wall and currently has a steel duct. I've chipped away brick but the lip of the existing steel duct is still there. I need to remove around 2 inches of it. ...
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Running electrical on outside of house

I need to convert an outlet to 230V 15A for a window AC. Unfortunately the outlet is on the second floor, outside wall of a solid brick house. I’m considering punching a hole through the back of the ...
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How should I restore the level of sinking paver bricks in my driveway?

My driveway is over thirty years old but hasn't had any maintenance work, so while it is mostly fine there are some issues. The one that concerns me most is the sinking of some of the bricks around ...
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Safety concern building a fire pit out of reclaimed bricks

I have a bunch of reclaimed (broken) bricks left over from building a patio. The bricks are from an old home that was knocked over and buried for some time. I would like to use these to build a fire ...
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Can I hammer nails in this type of brick?

I want to hang some pictures on the wall. The wall is made of porotherm bricks similar to this one: I have two options: drill some holes with a masonry drill bit, insert some plastic dowels and a ...
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Brick drilling in close distance to another hole?

I am about to install a samll kids coat hanger, however it seems I will need to drill another hole about 1 cm from the existing one (brick wall). Is it at all possible or should I look for another ...
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What critter (insect?) removes sand from between paving bricks?

Something is excavating sand/mortar from between paving bricks, as seen here. I thought it was ants, but I've placed ant traps and bait and there seems to be no effect. Also, when the mounds are ...
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Is there some sort of formula to determine how many bricks I would need to build a completely new structure?

I am looking to add a small ham shack to the property, so I contacted the city's planning department. They said that if the structure was ten feet at most and didn't exceed two hundred square feet in ...
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Should I leave a gap between clay bricks when laying a patio?

I have acquired many reclaimed solid clay bricks and plan to use them as a patio. I will likely lay them in a herringbone pattern. The edges will be side-by-side held in place with plastic edging. ...
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How to stop bricks pushing out while drilling?

I need to add an extractor fan to our utility room so I started drilling a hole using a core drill bit from the inside to outside. Its a standard UK brick cavity wall, so brick > insulation > brick. I ...
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Convert recessed brick mortar to concave mortar design to decrease water intrusion due to high winds

High winds cause my 20 year old brick home to leak water through the reduced cement volume in the head joints. Water runs through head joints, down inside of brick wall, then leaks under the sill ...
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Repointing in sections

I want to repoint my walls, but not all of the wall needs repointing, only sections. How should I break up the task? How should I join sections with fresh mortar to sections with existing mortar.
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Converting a Brick Coal Bunker to BBQ

I have an old brick coal bunker around which decking has been laid. I intend on converting it into a BBQ, but have not attempted a similar project before. I have a plan, and the question is whether it ...
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What is the right way to extend a furnace intake pipe under a brick patio?

Our gas furnace intake (one of them, there are other intakes inside the house) currently comes out the side of the house but under a brick patio. It seems that the previous owner of the house extended ...
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Mantle mount installation

Good morning, I have a mantle mount that I would like to install over the fire place, currently, I have wood paneling over the brick, I want to install to the wood, but I cant seem to locate, the ...
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Choosing a grout color for a large brick patio

I am install a large brick patio, about 500 sq. ft. We are planning to use a sand grout but want to get a sand color rather than a grey color. Is this possible and, if so, how?
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Finishing around brick veneer fireplace

I am installing brick veneer around a fireplace and on the hearth, but am having trouble thinking of the best way to finish it along the floor. There’s about 3/4 inch clearance between the floor and ...
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Laying bricks/blocks into a concrete slab during the pour

It is common practice to put a brick ribbon around a newly poured concrete walkway. Is it possible to put decorative designs, using bricks, in the middle of a concrete slab as it's poured? How do I ...
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Cleaning an interior Brick Wall

I had a fridge that I moved out of the way exposing another section of my brick wall, but there is a noticeable difference between the newly exposed brick and the rest. I'm not sure what this stuff is ...
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How to describe this brick in order to identify and buy matching ones?

This is my first post here so apologies if this isn't the type of question that should be asked. I am undertaking some work on my house in Liverpool UK which was built (we think) in 1994. We (and our ...
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Can I apply full-sized brick to an interior wall if shared with a fireplace?

Similar to a previous post, I don't want to use veneer, I want to use real brick. The wall is in my living room and it includes a wood-burning fireplace. The existing wall has what seems like faux ...

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