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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Are there any advantages to using higher priced sealers?

I want to use a water based sealer on my pavers to bring out the color and also for some resistance against dirt and fading. I went to the store and saw sealers varying in price from about $11 per ...
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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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What is a suitable mortar when repointing a wall made of soft red brick?

I am about to re-point the front of my Victorian (1895) house which has soft red bricks. Is a 4:1 ratio of sand to cement suitable? I have read that cement can force the moisture though the bricks ...
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What can I use to clean my brick fireplace

I have a brick fireplace that has been great over the years. I was wondering, since I can't pressure-wash the grout or brick with a cleaner, what can I use to bring the brick and grout back to life?
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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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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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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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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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Adhesive for cableways on internal brick

I have a television mounted (professionally) on an interior masonry brick wall, above my fireplace. I also have cableways (cord-concealers) running on the surface of the brick wall, approximately ...
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How feasible is a brick veneer fake wall?

We want to brick veneer our chimney breast (Which has a TV mounted to it) but I had a thought that would allow us to hide the wires, brick veneer the wall and also keep the wall behind in a clean ...
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Fill Brick & Mortar Holes

There are a couple brick and mortar holes that I'd like to fill. Will this work for the mortar? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000H5SDH0 What could I use to fill the brick holes?
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Protecting red brick patio from green moss

My other half has just finished laying a brick patio. We're looking for some way to reduce or minimise the growth of green moss which makes these bricks really slippery, more-so in winter with ...
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What aspects of bricklaying are most important structurally vs aesethically

I've seen homes where the mortar is squeezing out between bricks. This appears pretty sloppy must still be structurally sound. It seems that the pointing of the joints is just an aesthetic choice. ...
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Damaged exterior moisture barrier behind brick veneer

I saw a similar question here but it was never really answered. I live in Houston, in a brick veneer house that is about 35 years old. I have a thin cardboard applied to the studs as a moisture ...
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Can I drill a hole through brick wall/lintel for A/C lines?

I'm looking to move the a/c refrigerant and return lines that are currently through the middle of a window opening to a more natural location so that a window can be installed in the opening. I ...
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Is it worthwhile to fill minor cracks and holes in mortar?

There are a number of small cracks and holes in the exterior on my 10-year-old brick house. These are very small and do not in any way appear structural. They are much much smaller than the weep holes,...
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What causes these chips in a cement brick wall, and how can I fix them?

I have found my exposed basement cement wall which is about 15 x 10 in size to have quite a few areas where there is a cracked chip ranging from approx 0.5" in diameter to 2" in diameter and a few ...
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What to use to seal large gaps in corners where brick ends?

I have a few weird areas in my (new to me) house where brick and mortar are basically meeting corners or endings, and leaving huge gaps. The first one is a gap between the back of the brick and the ...
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How do I fill in holes in exterior brick veneer?

How do I fill in holes in exterior brick veneer ? I need it to be aesthetically nice, I need to match the color of the old cement between the bricks.. It looks like below:
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What is this stain on my brick?

My house has a pinky brown brick on the front. When we moved in 9 years ago it had a bit of a green tinge to it, but not bad. Over the years it has gotten worse. We have tried powerwashing, having a ...
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Is this vertical gap in the concrete block foundation something to worry about?

I'm looking at a home that has a vertical gap or crack running the height of the exposed concrete block foundation. The crack is near the center of the home, about a foot to the right of the concrete ...
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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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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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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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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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what chemical to use for power washing a brick wall

I am cleaning the exterior brick wall. The power wash takes away most of what appears to be a green algae. But close to the ground the stuff does not come off easily. There are also some brown stain ...
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Range Hood vent and rules regarding distance from windows/doors

I want to exhaust my range hood directly through the wall. I have a brick veneer house. There are 2 windows and a door close by. What rules need to be followed?
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Fasten mantel to bad wall

I've just had a fireplace rebuilt for a new log burner and now have an issue installing a floating mantel on the wall. I've just drilled the first hole to fit the studs (onto which the mantel will ...
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Lintel plate support for thick brick wall for window

I need to poke a window in a thick brick wall in a basement carrying the rest of the also brick house above it (2 floors above + roof). The basement wall is 3 bricks thick, each brick 4" wide plus ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...
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how to patch hole in interior chimney wall

I was recently removing plaster from the interior wall of my chimney and discovered a huge hole that had been patched by some drywall. The chimney is still used to vent my furnace and water heater, ...
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Restoring brick fireplace and wood trim in historic home

My wife and I just started renovating a historic home (built sometime between about 1880 and 1905). The home has quite a bit of old (possibly original) brick and wood details. As a first step in the ...
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Can acrylic concrete patch be drilled into?

Can acrylic concrete patch be drilled into? I am using it to fill in some holes in a brick with holes in it where I need to drill into the brick itself and into the area where the patch will be. How ...
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What maintenance does an 1890s brick-over-fieldstone foundation need?

I know that if when it comes time to repoint, I should get the current mortar analyzed to make sure its curing strength is compatible with the old bricks. I know that brick foundations in the time ...
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Reducing risks of interior brick wall insulation?

I was surprised to learn that that there are risks with insulating the interior walls in older all-brick houses - particularly in cold climates. This article outlines some of the issues: http://www....