by Bill Phillips We've all seen brick repairs where the new mortar and brick didn't match the original — they're visible from half a block away. Yet with a little extra effort, you can make a brick repair blend in so that it's almost unnoticeable. In 20 years as a residential contractor, I've picked up tips from many masons. Recently, I started making small repairs myself since it's often difficult to schedule a mason for a small job. In this article, I'll explain some of the tricks I use to make brick repairs disappear.

Figure 1. A vertical crack in the brick veneer is often the result of minor settlement in the foundation. Though these cracks typically stop moving and cause no structural problems, most homeowners like them repaired.

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