JLC Field Guide: Brick

Rarely does brick as a material fail. The challenge is making sure it's supported properly, that it’s securely tied to the structural wall, and that the measures have been taken to ensure that moisture won’t affect the wood framing behind brick veneer.

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Brick Featured Articles

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Masonry Through-Wall Flashing at Windows

Enclosing an open second-story deck above a kitchen with through-wall flashing poses some unique challenges. More

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Layout for a Brick Staircase

Precise measuring and mason’s twine keep courses straight. More

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Durable Brick Walkways

Lasting success requires precision detailing at every step More

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Avoiding Brick Veneer Siding Failure

Forensic architect Harrison McCampbell on the installation details that builders... More

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Brick Instruction

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Repairing a Frost-Damaged Brick Patio Border

John Carroll explains how to prep the surface, choose the right bricks and mortar,... More

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Best WRB Behind Brick Veneer?

Why a conventional house wrap is the wrong choice for use as the weather resistive... More

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Q&A: Creating a Non-Combustible Wall Behind a Gas Stove

What's the best way to create a non-combustible surface behind a gas stove in a living room? More

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Stabilizing a Brick Exterior

Unstable brick is tied to the floor framing with standard hold downs, threaded rod... More

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Reusing Salvaged Brick

John Carroll explains why old brick is best used on interior projects, where it... More

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