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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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 ...
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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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Different options to convert brick wall outlet box to junction box with more outlets

I have a dedicated 20A circuit that comes into my kitchen area as a duplex outlet: During the upcoming kitchen remodel this circuit will likely be the best one to provide power to the very nearby ...
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How to support a partially demolished chimney

The chimney on my house used to be one of those old brick ones that goes all the way down to a fireplace on the ground floor. The previous owner of my house removed the fireplace and almost all of the ...
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How to clean textured brick fireplace?

The brick around our fireplace looks dingy. The fireplace used to be wood burning but was converted to gas by the previous owner about 10 years ago (i think). I would like to clean it. The problem ...
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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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How can I temporarily adhere plastic conduit to a brick wall?

I am putting up an IP camera on my front porch, using Wifi for data and an extension cord to a nearby outdoor power outlet. I have put the power cord into a cheap round 3/4" plastic conduit. The ...
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Ideas to finish the edge of my wall with decorative stone

I have installed decorative stone in some of my walls, I really like how the look like, though the pictures don't make justice, but I'm not really happy with the edges since I don't have a wall that ...
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Constructionmethods for wallmounting on brittle brick wall

I rent a small flat in an old building. Since the walls are pretty brittle. Bricks are far apart, mortar has bigger stones then usual, so drilling can be difficult. This is why the dowels are not ...
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Should I hire a mason to repair wall damage with incorrect brick?

A month or so ago I had an electrician in who accidentally put a hole through the brick wall of our house that now needs to be repaired. From what I can gather, because I live in an older house the ...
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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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tar joint between garage wall and asphalt

There's a kind of a gap between the asphalt and the garage which causes moisture to accumulate there. I'd like to seal that gap by making a tar joint: https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.sealant-...
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Conflicting contractor opinions on rebuilding steps using original construction method

Is it appropriate to rebuild brick steps with sandstone slab steps and landing depicted with dimensions in the picture "Final Constructed Steps" below using the original construction method depicted ...
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Reposition a small displaced brick wall

We backed a car (don't ask!) into the brick front wall of our porch. The porch is a waist-high brick enclosure built on a carport pad ages ago, with a framed and screened upper part, and a regular ...
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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 can I do about cracks in a stone foundation?

Considering purchasing a brick farmhouse in mid-Michigan built in 1885. There are large visible cracks in the foundation. Anyone have thoughts on the cause and possible repairs?
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Stick ceramic tile to outside brick wall

What's the best way to permanently stick a ceramic tile to an outside brick wall? The back of the tile is unglazed, so I'm looking for a solution that will also help protect the tile from the wet ...
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Is a wooden buck necessary when installing windows into full width brick?

I'm looking for pointers on installing a new window into a full width brick wall. Pictures are here. They are the basements windows in a rowhome. There's a slanted brick sill on the bottom. The brick ...
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How to fill this gap between window and brick wall? (too deep for backer rod?)

I'm renovating the windows of my 1936 house. Doing the first window and I notice there's a big gap between the window frame and the wall and I was wondering the best way to fill it in so I can caulk ...
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preventing water from entering my no-step entry

My entry is a no step entry that was poorly conceived by the previous owners. Here are my issues: - Entry door is inset into my home, behind my foundation wall. - I live on a slope, with a circle ...
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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....
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Why I am seeing brick dust on my basement walls?

So lately I noticed a lot brick dust in my basement walls-should I be concerned? The house is a 100 year row house. [2 []3
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Firewall / Hearth thickness - Building Fireplace for Gel Fuel

I am planning on building a "faux" fireplace in my basement that I can burn gel fuel canisters. I was looking at buying an electric heater, or pre-made gel fireplace, but I like the idea of a real ...
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How to insulate around a brick basement window?

There is a window in my basement where quite a bit of cold air is coming in. The draft is coming not from the window itself, but the space between the layers of brick. What is the best way to insulate ...
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Should I use heat resistant paint when whitewashing a brick fireplace?

We are going to whitewash our brick fireplace, similar to this picture: What kind of paint do we need to use to accomplish this? Does it need to be heat resistant? Note we are just whitewashing the ...
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How can I accurately locate bricks covered in stucco or plaster?

Where I live, most houses are old and have red brick walls. On the inside, the walls are covered by stucco or plaster and then some decorative layer. The plaster and mortar in the walls are generally ...
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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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PVC Exterior Window Sill on a Brick Veneer Home

I have a brick veneer home with a rectangular hole in the wall that currently holds an unneeded window air conditioner. I bought a window I would like to install there. The hole does not have a brick ...
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Can cracks in a wood-burning fireplace be repaired with a concrete product?

Upon inspection, minor cracks were found on the floor & back of wood burning fireplace. Can't these cracks be filled with some type of concrete repair kit? If so, what is recommended for the ...
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Brick veneer falling away from house

I already suspect that I'm not going to like the answer, but I'll ask anyway. My home has a screen porch, and in this section, the brick facade is starting to fall away from the house. It was caused,...
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Cavity wall insulation brick replacement

I have an external cracked brick and want to replace it, but I'm not sure how to deal with the cavity wall insulation. What concerns me is: 1) when I remove the brick, the wall insulation will ...
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How do i install a wooden door frame to a brick frame wall?

What are the process and steps to installing a wooden door frame to a brick frame wall?
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House being built but I think the brick is poorly done

So our house is being built and the brick just went up on the house (it isn't structural). I personally feel that the job was done extremely poorly. I don't know much about masonry but from my ...
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Is a cracked brick sign of a deeper problem

I've just noticed a cracked brick, and wondered if I could just replace it and do some repointing, or could suggest another problem? The cracked brick appears to have a crack in the mortar moving ...
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How to finish the broken edge of my exposed brick wall?

I'm in the process of exposing the brick on an exterior wall around some newly installed patio doors. The majority of the brick work looks fine, the problem is the edge of the wall where the brick ...
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How can I extract broken off shutter-lok fasteners from brick?

I'm in the process of replacing vinyl shutters on my brick-front home. I'm replacing the existing ones with identical sized new ones that will use the same drilled holes. The problem I'm having is ...
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Coat interior brick work

We have an interior brick wall that we want for seal to stop brick dust. What is the best way to do this or what product do I need to use?
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When to re-set a brick in a wall?

I have a single-family home with brick all around. The home was built in the early 80s. Some of the mortar is starting to crack here and there. I had a tuckpointer come and give me an estimate on ...
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What are our options to update this brick facade?

I'm interested in updating the look of the brick facade on our house. The first image shows the wall and planter below the window and the two planters by the entry way. The previous owner painted the ...
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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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How to install a mini split when you have brick walls

I want to install a mini-split unit myself. I can't afford to do it any other way and I'm going to die of heat exhaustion if I fail because these window units just aren't doing the trick. The only ...
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Removed Outer Brick on an Old Fireplace. Need Advice on how to re-finish

So, long story short... Wife and I were fixing some damaged walls around the fireplace and noticed the brick at the top starting to come loose, we wanted to update the fireplace anyways and decided ...
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How to remove silicone from brick

I had my windows replaced earlier this week. The old windows had metal U brackets to guide the rolling shutters. The gap between them and the brick wall was closed using some kind of (grey) silicone. ...
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Water coming in through weep holes during hard rain?

One room in the front of our house leaks during a hard driving rain storms. The leaks are at the top of the window and at the floor -- both locations which seem to correspond to locations of weep ...
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How to remove plastic anchor from brick?

I was putting these plastic anchors into brick to mount a TV, but didn't drill the first hole deep enough! I've tried screwing in the screw a little and pulling it out that way, but it won't budge. ...