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How to repair brick columns like a breeze.

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Beautiful sunny morning on your patio, you are joyfully sipping the orange juice and enjoying the view that sets between the two brick columns of your patio. But suddenly a terrifying site ruins the morning. You discover two large cracks that run the length of one of the brick columns of your patio. Upon closer inspection of the cracked brick column you discover some loosen bricks too. Itís a disaster, you shout. What to do now?...

 

Well, fear not my friend. You have two options. One: If you live in Florida, just check out our service area and call our experienced brick layers to fix your brick columns.

 

And second; for those of you who live outside of our coverage area here is an article which describes how to repair your own brick columns.

 

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The first step is to inspect the extent of the damage. Check if your column has loosen, broken or cracked bricks. Count how many bricks need to be changed and venture out to find them in exact sizes and possibly in matching color. Purchase a few extra bricks since it can always brake so you might need some more. If you got your bricks and determined the damaged area just simply start grinding out the mortar joints around the bricks that needs to be replaced as shown on the picture on the right↓

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At this point it is a good thing to know if the brick column is load bearing or not. If it is, you have to utilize some kind of support for the time duration of the repair job. A piece of wood as shown on the picture on the left would be satisfactory. After getting out the mortar from the brick joints you can start chiseling out the damaged or broken bricks. For this task you can use either a hand-held chisel or for larger projects use a chipping hammer tool. Same as shown on the picture bellow.

 

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However, be careful with a chipping hammer.

It can easily crack the bricks that are otherwise in good shape. After cleaning out the work area it is important to dust the bricks off and wet the area where the new bricks are going to be installed. It is also a very good idea to rinse the bricks that you intend to install. It will provide a much better adhesion or bonding if the wall and the bricks are wet and dust free.

 

At this point you can start mixing your mortar. Try to mix it to a consistency that you feel comfortable working with. Not too hard and not too soupy (watery). Use a brick trowel or a margin trowel to put the mud on the walls and the front end of the brick. Good, you have made it this far. Now to complicate the situation you have to use another device called: level. (You know that two feet yellow thing with the bubble in the middle.)

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OK just joking. Just simply put your level parallel to your column and set your new bricks close to the side of the level. Quick tip: If you lay bricks you have to keep the height that needs to be built up with brick and divide it to the size of the joint and the height of your bricks. In other words you have to know how many courses you will lay. For more info on how to calculate your brick courses click here.

However, if you repair only a small segment of the column you just simply go with the same level as the original courses.

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After installation of the bricks you have to do some minor touch ups, such us 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.)

The next step is to mach the design of the joints to the existing column.

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 repair 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.

 

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 repair 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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