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Posted in thread: Matching mortar... Other alternatives? on 01-14-2013 at 01:58 PM
Matching mortar can be done if you take your time. Getting the same or similar sand helps. To
check the sand dissolve some of the mortar in acid, and you will be left with a sample of the
Posted in thread: Maximum Allowable Pressure for Washing Bricks & Mortar Joints on 07-31-2012 at 12:19 PM
It depends on the type of brick and type and condition of the mortar.
Posted in thread: laying concrete blocks on 07-25-2012 at 10:41 AM
stuart45: Is my eye-sight that bad, or are there no weep holes in the bottom of that brick
work?There does not like there is any. If the inner wall is blockwork the builders don't
usually put them in,...
Posted in thread: laying concrete blocks on 07-19-2012 at 01:26 PM
Here's a photo of the DPC on the external skin of a brick/block cavity wall. A DPC of some kind
has been required on house walls here since the Public Health Act in 1875. 4115
Posted in thread: laying concrete blocks on 07-19-2012 at 05:22 AM
that might be doable for me. I'm assuming that the bricks are sitting on a concrete slab? and
it look's like that's attached to the house? and what would you do to conceal that gap?They are
on a concr...
Posted in thread: Crumbling brick wall on 07-17-2012 at 03:08 PM
Quite a common problem with some types of bricks. Nowadays we have to use frost resistant
bricks up to the damp proof course, which is at least 6 inches above ground level. replacing
the bricks I wo...
Posted in thread: laying concrete blocks on 07-17-2012 at 02:36 PM
Steps don't have to be attached to the house. Here's a brick set that have a gap as they would
bridge the damp proof course if touching the wall.4112
Posted in thread: laying concrete blocks on 07-16-2012 at 08:07 AM
In the USA brick and block spacing rules can be used, but here we use a piece of 2x1 batten
with the course marks on it. For example if the height of the block is 8 5/8 inches with a 3/8
inch bed join...
Posted in thread: laying concrete blocks on 07-14-2012 at 05:17 PM
Do you mean the bed or perp joints, or both?
Posted in thread: Tie concrete block to existing best practice on 06-10-2012 at 04:20 AM
What I have used many times in the past are things called frame ties, which are used to tie
timber door and window frames to the brickwork as it is built up. It's a smilar idea to