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More stories about Brick

  • Exterior Details

    Drainage EIFS * Brick veneer * Wood deck ledger * Flashing a window

  • Trade Talk: Understanding Mortar

    Making sure of mortar types

  • Q&A: Bolting a Ledger to Brick Veneer

    Q. What’s the best way to attach a deck ledger board to a wood-framed house with brick veneer?

  • Q&A: Overhanging Brick Veneer

    Q. It’s not unusual for a foundation to be slightly out of square. If the house has brick veneer siding, it’s sometimes necessary for the first course of bricks to overhang the concrete foundation. What is the maximum safe overhang in such a situation?

  • A Stone Veneer Foundation

    A durable job depends on using the right mortar, anchoring the stone to the concrete, and providing weep holes for water that penetrates the veneer.

  • Making Brick Repairs Disappear

    Initial foundation settlement can leave vertical cracks in brick veneer cladding, which, though ugly, pose no structural problem. A North Carolina builder describes how he makes the repairs, using tricks gleaned from masons.

  • Q&A: Reusing Brick

    Q: When rebuilding a chimney above the roofline, is it okay to reuse the existing bricks? I have heard that mortar does not stick as well to reused bricks as it does to new bricks. Is this true?

  • Trade Talk: When a Flue Is Too Big

    When is a flue too big to vent an appliance safely?

  • Q&A: Removing Paint from Historic Exterior Brick

    Q: We are restoring a 19th-century Victorian home with a painted brick exterior. The client wants to remove the six or more existing layers of paint, down to the natural brick. What is the best way to remove the paint without destroying the brick or morta

  • Q&A: Water Treatment for Acidic Water

    Q: In the April 2000 issue of JLC (Letters), Rex Cauldwell recommended treating acidic water that eats copper pipe. Our water has a pH of 6.2 and definitely eats copper. What kind of water treatment equipment do I need? retrofit; painting interior brick