ANGRY! just broke a brick


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Old 06-11-06, 02:10 PM
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ANGRY! just broke a brick

I won't bother going into details, it's still up for debate whose fault it is, but I backed into the front of our house with a trailer and broke the bottom corner brick. I'm a pretty good DIY, so I'm wondering if someone can offer advice on this one. I've attached a couple of photos. As far as I can tell, I would just cold chisel out the brick and mortar a new one in (assuming I can find something close to match). Any other suggestions?

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http://www.kulkarnicorp.com/images/brick1.JPG

http://www.kulkarnicorp.com/images/brick2.JPG
 
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Old 06-11-06, 02:18 PM
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I know you realize it could have been MUCH worse (no matter who's to blame). You have the right idea. Finding the matching brick will probably be the hardest part of the job. All you need is the brick, some mortar, a tuckpointing tool and some time. Good luck.
 
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Old 06-11-06, 03:08 PM
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thanks for the reality check. Yes you are right it could have been much worse. Can you explain what a tuckpointing tool is? Do you just mean the cold chisel?

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Old 06-11-06, 03:25 PM
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You will need the chisel to chip out the old mortar. A tuckpointing tool is a long thin tool used for getting the new mortar into the top joint of the brick. Once the old brick and mortar are removed, you put some fresh mortar on the base and set your brick. Then you use the tuckpointing tool to push mortar into the top joint to fill it. Being thin, the tuckpointer will allow you to push the mortar all the way into the joint so you won't have a void.
 
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Old 06-11-06, 03:32 PM
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thanks very much I appreciate it. First thing tomorrow morning I'll start hunting for a matching (or close to) brick!
 
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Old 06-11-06, 03:54 PM
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I would be more angry that there is no flashing apparent and that they did raked joints. Aside from that, the brick looks fairly easy to emulate with concrete, so that is what I would do:

Repair the damage with concrete and make it resemble the brick.

(I doubt you will find a matching brick)
 
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Old 06-12-06, 04:23 AM
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don't know what you're talking about but I'm sure you're right. I'm hoping to find a brick similar as I would have to have a specialist to make it from concrete, and I doubt anyone around here could do that. Thanks though.
 
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ended up finding the EXACT brick, bought a cold chisel, pointing tool, mortar and about to hammer me out a brick
 
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Cool. Glad it worked out.
 
 

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