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How to build brick columns.

Step by step instructions for the DIY homeowner on how to build brick columns to accent their porch, fence or the entryway of the house.

Do you have a porch that is supported with four metal poles?

Do you find it ugly or unappealing to your landscape?

Or worst does it rust and deteriorates and you fear that it will tumble crushing down?

 

If any of the above mentioned problems is yours or you are in a process of building brick columns for your house, the following informative article is for you.

 

 

How to Build Your Own Brick Column.

Build your brick columns that stand for decades and save hundreds on the cost.

 

The first step is to determine the height and the width of the brick column you wish to build. These measurements are necessary for calculating the amount of bricks and mortar necessary for building the columns.

 

The following three pictures represents the amount of bricks needed per each course for a typical thickness.

Brick veneered around masonry column. Miami, Coral Gables, Fl.
12"x12" brick column 16"x16" brick column

32"x32" brick veneer around 24"x24" block column.

 

As you see from the pictures above a 12"x12" brick column needs 4 bricks per course, the 16"x16 needs 6 and if you wish to build a wider column you can save considerable amount of work and material by simply veneering the bricks around a block column. It is advisable to fill the inside of the columns with either mortar or concrete for better stability. Just throw some of the "mud" (mortar) in the column as you go along laying the bricks. If you veneer the bricks around the block column then the column needs to be solid concrete.

 

In our example we are going to show the steps it took to build 4 seven feet tall 12"x12" brick columns. So lets recap. Each column is 7 feet tall that is 84 inches all together. Each brick is about 2 inches in

height plus we are going to leave a 3/8th or a half of an inch joint so each course is going to be around 2 Ĺ in height. Now dividing the 84 inches with 2 Ĺ we get 33.6 courses.

Lets round it up to 37 courses X 4 brick per course that gives a total of 148 bricks. It is always a good idea to order a few brick more than you need in case if it brakes.  So to complete our four columns we will need to order around 620 bricks. As an average each 12"x12" brick columns require about ten bags 60lbs of  mortar.

 

Lets start building the columns. If you have a metal pole that you wish to cover that would basically set the location of the columns. If you wish to build new brick columns you will need to outline the exact spots for each column first. It is always a good idea to outline the first and the last column and pull a string line and line up the other columns in between.

 

brick column on your porch. Miami Dade County. Build your own Brick column, Fort Lauderdale, Fl.

If you build your brick column around a metal pole or any masonry surface it is always a good idea to tie some of the courses to the pole or the block column. As the example shown in the pictures above.

 

BRICK COLUMN FROM OLD CHICKAGO BRICKS. Plantation, fl.

 

Lets start installing the bricks. There are two ways to do this.

The first one is the old method of using a 6 ft level and plumb each curse as you go along building the column. The second one, (which I would recommend for first time DIY) is pulling a string line from the edge of the first brick on the bottom to the very top on each of the corners. As I highlighted it on the picture on the left. This will be a little effort to line up the edges at first but it will save considerable amount of time by not using the level every time you install a brick. You just simply have to line up the corner of your bricks to the string and it will provide you with an accurate guideline all the way up to the top. Quick tip! Occasionally step back a few feet from the brick column and check on the outcome. See if your joints are equally sized and if the bricks are perfectly level on each courses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Concaved joints.

As you go along with the installation of the bricks you have to do some minor touch ups, such as filling up or tuck-pointing the joints with mortar. ( The same mortar you have used for laying the bricks but perhaps in a little thicker consistency.) Don't let the mortar get too dry. Try to do the tooling as you go up, after finishing every 4-5 courses.

 

The most commonly used joints are either concaved or raked out ( Square recessed ) joints. If you finished tooling the brick joints you have to brush it with a light whisk brush to smooth-out the surface of the mortar.

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And that's all. With a little effort and attention to details you can complete this brick column project like a breeze. And the completed brick column will stand on your porch for the admiration of your neighbors and the attention and praise from your guests alike, for many years to come.

 

Wish to do it on your own? Go to our detailed guide on how to install brick veneer around your house. At this page you will find how to tips, time and money saving recommendations and entertaining videos on how to install any type of stone veneer.

 

Does it have a price? At this point you are probably wondering how much this brick column building project cost. Well I can tell you exactly how much if you click the link above.

 

Read on to find out how our brick layers can help you save money on your next brick installation project.

 

Not a DIY? Donít feel to build brick columns on your own? Fear not, if your project is located in our Florida service area just send us an email and we will give you a free price quote on any sized job.

 

 

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