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Old 10-15-2010, 11:30 PM   #1
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[/IMG]So I noticed that the brick column of my porch has some damage to the brick. what can I do to repair it? or do i have to take that brick out on the bottom and install a new one? pic attached

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it would appear that just about every brick in that column is in various degrees of failure. Depending on how far up the bad bricks go, It might be simpler to just take it down and rebuild if.
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thanks for the reply. the portion shown in the pic is definitely worse than the rest of teh column. so theres no way to just replace the bottom brick?
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You might get lucky with one of these in the bed joint.
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what is that tool? is that for tuck pointing?
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It's a plugging chisel. It's used to cut out the mortar joints. If you can cut out the bed joint the brick will come out.
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so after i cut it out and get the brick out i can place a new one in there. but do i have to use a certain brick and mortar?
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so after i cut it out and get the brick out i can place a new one in there. but do i have to use a certain brick and mortar?
If you are not replacing with the same type of brick I would go for a frost resistant type. It's probably the freeze/thaw that cracked the bottom ones. They usually suffer more because of rain bounce, or rising damp.
All bricks below DPC here now have to be frost resistant.
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thanks for coming back to this- whats DPC?
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You might get lucky with one of these in the bed joint.
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That's something we call an "English Plugging Chisel" here Stu, imagine that.............

They atually work fairly well too, I used to carry one around in my bag until I lost it somehow............
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thanks for coming back to this- whats DPC?
DPC stands for damp proof course, which is put in 6 inches above ground level to prevent rising damp going up the wall.
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Bricks below DPC are often damp and crack and spall in the winter, unless frost resistant ones are used.
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That's something we call an "English Plugging Chisel" here Stu, imagine that.............

They atually work fairly well too, I used to carry one around in my bag until I lost it somehow............
Joe, here's what we call an American plugging chisel.
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