Okay folks, I am new to this (so please be nice to me). We bought a house built in 1890. Located in Iowa, it is a 2 story. Brick foundation, the rest is "stick" with the original wood siding. The roof was replaced (including new sheathing) about 8 years ago (So, it's basically a good "shell"). Here's my problem (one, at least): My wife started painting my "workshop" in the basement for me (one room of four). A bunch of the red brick on one INSIDE wall is crumbling off (i'm talking big chunks, some nearly haf the brick in thickness! ). The floor is concrete, so there is no moisture bring pulled up into the wall. This is a load bearing wall, all the way up to the second floor. I know that the ideal solution would be to bring in a contractor and replace the entire wall. HOWEVER, I cannot afford this; even if I could, I would then have more $$ invested in the house than what I could sell it for. So, experienced guys, what I'm asking you for is this: How can I repair this wall in such a way as to make it structurally sound, WITHOUT draining my bank and credit accounts? (I'm maxed out anyway. I already tried and was rejected for a loan, so the "cheap" way out is the ONLY option). I DO, DO, DO want to make it strong ... this is OUR house and we really love it! PLEASE help if you have the know-how - give me some usable advice. Thanks, and God bless!