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Old 11-09-2010, 12:23 PM   #1
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covering interior wall with full size brick

Hey gang,

I am new to the forum. I have been searching the site and have found lots of great information on reno's etc.

I am looking for a little advice on how to cover an interior drywalled wall with full size brick.

I have already purchased the brick and mortar, so veneer is not an option for us Plus I really want to do it with the full size brick.

I have metal tabs to periodically fix the brick to the studs. They are L shaped and ribbed so part of the L gets sandwiched between the mortar and the brick and the other part gets screwed into the stud.

I am trying to acheive a very old beat up brick look with imperfect grout lines. Basically we are going for the old warehouse look.

I would like to know if it is suggested that I start laying my bottom row of brick from the middle out or from one side and work my way over to the other?

If there is anyone who has worked with full size brick that can give me any tips and guidance, that would be fantastic!

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Old 11-10-2010, 06:07 AM   #2
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Will the floor support that much weight????????


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Old 11-10-2010, 07:44 AM   #3
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What Just Bill said!!

Assuming it's a slab and will support the weight. I would see how the bricks lay out with the windows. You don't want 1" cuts at the window openings. Figure bigger cuts if not fulls and halfs at the windows. Then what happens below and above the window doesn't matter.
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Yes we are on a concrete slab, ground floor. No weight issues.

Really going for the "weathered and beat up" old warehouse look.

The window sills will be 8" deep and trimmed in lumber distressed to look like old wood.

I have metal tabs that I am screwing into the studs (which are proving difficult to pinpoint) to help support the wall. Any suggestions on how frequently I should put them in, or tips for sandwiching them between the brick?
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The ties should be in the wall every 16", both vertically and horizontally.
You're not planning on attaching them to the sheetrock, are you?
I'd calculate the weight involved and if the weight is over the foundation. You can pile up stone or bricks just because you have a 4" concrete slab under it.

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Old 11-11-2010, 04:54 PM   #6
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If you want it to look old I would consider using lime mortar and sharp sand, and bag rub the joints. You could also use snapped headers to mimic a Flemish or American bond which can look better than all stretchers.
Also go down the local pub and sink half a dozen pints before you start work, as this usually helps to achieve a more rustic look to the brickwork.


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