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earthad1 09-16-2010 10:49 AM

Any Suggestions on Repairing Masonry DIY Style?
Hi everyone,

So I noticed a 2 cracks in my front facing masonry. Wondering if anyone has any suggestions to product recommendations so I can fix this myself.

Below are some pictures to give you a better idea what I'm dealing with. Any Assistance is greatly appreciated!


earthad1 09-18-2010 09:31 PM


I'd like to perform this tomorrow so any suggestions would be appreciated.

If not, I'm going to plug it with a polyurethane compound that can be used on masonry above the water line (says it accommodates 50% total joint movement.

nap 09-18-2010 10:10 PM

well, you have a broken brick there so the proper method would be to remove the brick and put in a new one. For any cracks, you would grind out the mortar and tuckpoint the joints.

forresth 09-18-2010 11:07 PM

I'd let it go as-is. if you absolutly have to fix it, listen to Nap.

honestly, I don't know what you are trying to acomplish with your repair.

stuart45 09-19-2010 04:36 AM

If you cut out the broken brick with a hammer and chisel you will probably lose some of the brickwork above as there is little weight above it. When bricks are lower down the wall it's not a problem to cut it out.
It looks like a typical thermal/moisture expansion/contraction brickwork crack. It's not serious and the soffit is helpng protect the wall from rain ingress.
As nap said if you really want to do the job grind out the joints.
If I was replacing the brick for someone I would expect to take out the cracked section of brickwork and rebuild it as it would be a lot quicker.

earthad1 09-19-2010 08:26 AM

Thanks for the reply everyone.

The reason I wanted to repair this was I was concerned about condensation or moisture getting in...

So you're thinking I don't need to do anything immediate before winter?

nap 09-19-2010 12:59 PM

brick fascia, when built properly, is designed to allow for drainage should moisture get behind the brickwork. The wall behind the brick should also be adequately built to be able to withstand moisture as well.

earthad1 09-19-2010 10:20 PM

Ok, thanks for all the advice.

I noticed it a few days ago and I'm pretty sure I would have noticed this in the 5 years I've been here, so I'm quite sure its new and it kinda freaked me out (if you look @ my older threads you'll see the "luck" I've had with my home).:laughing:

Thanks again!

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