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Old 08-13-2013, 07:13 PM   #1
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In a few weeks, I am going to attempt building the two brick pillars in the drawing below (not doing any arches; just straight to the soffit). By my calculations, I am looking at 6 bricks per row (2 on front and back, 1 on each side, and rotate design of course). If the pillar is hollow, do I need a 4x4 up the middle for any purpose including to keep the pillar straight? It is non-load bearing. This is my first try at brick and really cannot find a lot of videos/how-to's on building a pillar (lots of information on brick walls). Any advice?

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No, not at all, although you may want a solid cap top and bottom for looks.

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No, not at all, although you may want a solid cap top and bottom for looks.
Can you explain what you mean by solid cap? Maybe a picture link?
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Pedestal and capital.

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Gotcha. That makes sense.

Next I just need to learn how lay the brick so it looks good. My worries are plumb and even gap between brick layers.
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To keep it plumb it could help if you can drop some plumb lines down from the soffit to the corners of the piers.
To keep the bed joints even make up a gauge rod from a piece of 2x1 roofing batten with the brick depth + 3/8 inch for the joints.
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To keep it plumb it could help if you can drop some plumb lines down from the soffit to the corners of the piers.
To keep the bed joints even make up a gauge rod from a piece of 2x1 roofing batten with the brick depth + 3/8 inch for the joints.
Great advice! I will take use this method and hopefully make some good looking pillars. Thanks again.
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I just want to update you on this project. I had deep thoughts with myself and judgement got the better of me and decided to hire it out to a 2 man shop who charged me $600 and was done in one day. Here is the finished product.
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It looks really good! It's a great price you get for the work.
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Looks awesome! Great idea on hiring it out. The pros are likely less sloppy then a first timer. We tried doing some tuckpointing ourselves for the first time last summer. Came out mostly ok, but if you get mortar on the bricks, you can ugly some stuff up fast and it can be a pain to clean up.

Looks like your guys did a great job.

And um... here's some completely unasked for advice... it looks like some of the snow on the roof seems a little icy on the right side. We had that happen in a spot causing an ice dam a couple of years ago and had some water come in. Now, if we find there's some standing snow icing up, we'll use one of those snow rake things to pull off the top layer. Usually even on colder days, the real problem ice will melt enough in the sun so that's not happened again.


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