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DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 01-14-2013, 01:58 PM
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Posted By stuart45
Matching mortar can be done if you take your...

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 sand....
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 07-31-2012, 12:19 PM
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Posted By stuart45
It depends on the type of brick and type and...

It depends on the type of brick and type and condition of the mortar.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 07-25-2012, 10:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,804
Posted By stuart45
There does not like there is any. If the inner...

There does not like there is any. If the inner wall is blockwork the builders don't usually put them in, although the original designs for cavity walls had them.
When then inner wall is timber, as...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 07-19-2012, 01:26 PM
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Posted By stuart45
Here's a photo of the DPC on the external skin of...

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.
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DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 07-19-2012, 05:22 AM
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Posted By stuart45
They are on a concrete slab. The foundation depth...

They are on a concrete slab. The foundation depth depends on ground conditions and your climate. The slab just butts up against the wall. The exterior
wall will have stucco down to the batten,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 07-17-2012, 03:08 PM
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Posted By stuart45
Quite a common problem with some types of bricks....

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. ...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 07-17-2012, 02:36 PM
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Posted By stuart45
Steps don't have to be attached to the house....

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.
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DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 07-16-2012, 08:07 AM
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Posted By stuart45
In the USA brick and block spacing rules can be...

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...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 07-14-2012, 05:17 PM
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Posted By stuart45
Do you mean the bed or perp joints, or both?

Do you mean the bed or perp joints, or both?
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 06-10-2012, 04:20 AM
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Posted By stuart45
What I have used many times in the past are...

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 BridgeMans.
You...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 06-08-2012, 05:47 AM
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Posted By stuart45
To do a job like this the top course of brickwork...

To do a job like this the top course of brickwork should have been headers overhanging the brick face, and the cill formed by rendering the headers. I would take the cill off and replace the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 06-07-2012, 12:29 PM
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Posted By stuart45
http://www.screwfix.com/p/wall-multi-starter-kit/6...

http://www.screwfix.com/p/wall-multi-starter-kit/66650?cm_mmc=GoogleBase-_-Datafeed-_-Building%and%20Joinery-_-Wall%20Multi%20Starter%20Kit
These are good, but may not be available near you.
Click...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 05-25-2012, 01:29 PM
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Posted By stuart45
The amount of wall you can rake out at a time...

The amount of wall you can rake out at a time depends on the stability of the wall and how deep the mortar needs to be raked out. On some walls the whole wall can be raked out first.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 05-24-2012, 04:02 PM
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Views: 868
Posted By stuart45
If the bricks are the old soft type built in lime...

If the bricks are the old soft type built in lime mortar, then it's best to repoint them with lime mortar.
Cement mortars can damage the brickwork in time.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 04-25-2012, 07:35 AM
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Posted By stuart45
It done like that a lot here. ...

It done like that a lot here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpAe75e19X0
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 04-15-2012, 01:49 PM
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Views: 5,124
Posted By stuart45
I have seen that problem quite a lot on old...

I have seen that problem quite a lot on old houses. It was often caused by rising damp. Where the damp was at it's peak there were more ground salts which damaged the bricks. Old bricks that were...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 04-12-2012, 01:24 PM
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Posted By stuart45
Brickwork normally only crumbles when it gets...

Brickwork normally only crumbles when it gets damp. Moisture can draws salts onto the face which expand when they crystallize and break up the surface. Freeze/thaw also spalls brickwork.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 12-20-2011, 01:20 AM
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Views: 954
Posted By stuart45
After repairing the stack as stated above, have a...

After repairing the stack as stated above, have a look at these videos.
Lead Slate and Lead Roofing Self Help Videos (http://www.justlead.co.uk/news/Page-2.html)
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 10-10-2011, 07:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,444
Posted By stuart45
You need to find out the reason that the plaster...

You need to find out the reason that the plaster is failing. It could be caused by damp.
Have a look at the condition of the sand/cement render underneath. If you tap it and get a hollow sound it...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 09-11-2011, 04:36 PM
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Views: 2,672
Posted By stuart45
3067 It's come out this time. You need props...

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It's come out this time. You need props each side of the wall. The equipment isn't usually too expensive. I normally use 6x4 timbers as needles. For random rubble stonework you may need needles...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 09-09-2011, 03:47 PM
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Views: 2,672
Posted By stuart45
You normally need to use needles and acrow props...

You normally need to use needles and acrow props as shown in the photo.
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Once the wall is propped you can knock out below, build up the supporting piers and put in the beam just below the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 09-09-2011, 01:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,858
Posted By stuart45
Sounds a good possible solution BridgeMan. A...

Sounds a good possible solution BridgeMan.
A more common solution used here now for some bowing masonry walls is shown here. I have known people who have used it with some success.
Thor Helical -...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 09-08-2011, 02:25 PM
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Views: 1,858
Posted By stuart45
It might be possible to repair it with tie bars...

It might be possible to repair it with tie bars and pattress plates. Looks like the front flank was not tied to the gable walls properly.
Pattress Plates - Stainless UK...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 04-17-2010, 05:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,945
Posted By stuart45
News | Page-13 - Sheet Lead Products...

News | Page-13 - Sheet Lead Products (http://www.justlead.co.uk/news/Page-2.html)
Fitting a lead tray can often solve damp problems.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 01-26-2010, 11:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,294
Posted By stuart45
A chimney of that age should have lime mortar...

A chimney of that age should have lime mortar joints and be easy to take down.
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