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DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 06-24-2011, 04:03 PM
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Posted By CSmith
:) The whole wall/house should have been...

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The whole wall/house should have been inspected, depending on the scope of work. Any cracks, holes, shallow or dead mortar should have been addressed.

The uneven joints are a product of...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 06-23-2011, 03:56 PM
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Posted By CSmith
Nope, unless for purely cosmetic reasons. They...

Nope, unless for purely cosmetic reasons. They did leave a couple holes though.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 04-21-2011, 03:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,383
Posted By CSmith
Bond strength can't be calculated but if you have...

Bond strength can't be calculated but if you have ever had to tear down or clean a brick wall laid with PLC compared to a blended bag of the same type,there is no comparison. Anyone with any first...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 04-20-2011, 03:42 PM
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Posted By CSmith
Type S Portland Lime Cement(PLC). A typical type...

Type S Portland Lime Cement(PLC). A typical type S mortar will work but will not give you the same bond strength because of the additives and fillers in a blended bag, there is simply less...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 04-19-2011, 05:12 AM
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Posted By CSmith
Itís called Efflorescence, which is basically ...

Itís called Efflorescence, which is basically mineral salt left behind as moisture comes through the wall and evaporates.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 10-15-2010, 04:45 AM
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Posted By CSmith
extending the brick would be no problem at all....

extending the brick would be no problem at all. It should be tied to the old. You can do it mechanically, however at the opening it will be more pleasing to the eye if you key it into the old.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 10-08-2010, 04:12 PM
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Views: 10,782
Posted By CSmith
PS: Keep in mind your mix will dry a shade or two...

PS: Keep in mind your mix will dry a shade or two lighter than when it's wet . All you have to do is smear a little on a block and let it dry to make sure your happy with the shade before you...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 10-08-2010, 03:35 PM
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Views: 10,782
Posted By CSmith
Ask for mortar dye at the builders supply, it...

Ask for mortar dye at the builders supply, it comes in all colors and you can add it to any portland mix to achieve the color you want. You may have to call around to find it. If they don't have...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 09-24-2010, 05:22 PM
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Posted By CSmith
Thatís fine, letting each layer cure...

Thatís fine, letting each layer cure independently is key.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 09-11-2010, 12:57 PM
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Views: 10,782
Posted By CSmith
You would need wire if you were to go that route..

You would need wire if you were to go that route..
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 09-06-2010, 05:54 PM
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Posted By CSmith
Lets say you are using10 or 12"block. Establish...

Lets say you are using10 or 12"block. Establish your wall line pull your bond, lay 1 course all the way through. Next establish your wall running perpendicular, butt a whole block at the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 09-06-2010, 04:44 PM
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Posted By CSmith
Yes I do, I specialize in brick/ block...

Yes I do, I specialize in brick/ block construction and restoration.

QuickWall is a type of portland stucco which would work fine. However I’ve never used QW I batch my own and can't comment on...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 09-05-2010, 10:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 10,782
Posted By CSmith
Hi Debbie you want a breathable stain. ...

Hi Debbie you want a breathable stain.

After pressure washing and scrubbing unfortunately no, your bottom course is stained. To lighten that up would take some heavy duty chemicals which is not...
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