Cover brick step with wood

Old 08-05-07, 01:09 PM
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Cover brick step with wood

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The steps on the front of my home are brick; a rather unattractive "new" looking brick. I'd like to "convert" them to wood. Here's my idea, but would greatly appreciate advice/recommendations. I can fly the hair off of a $15 million helicopter; but this, I need help. thank you

I thought I could use a premium adhesive to stick some treated lumber 2x4 pieces to each step; to that, I would drive in two 2x8s to cover each step. Of course, I'd have to cover the back of each step and the sides.....but would like your advice on how best to cover my steps.

I also thought that I might just use adhesive to stick 2x8s to each screws. No so sure on that. These steps are exposed to morning sun and full weather effects otherwise. I live in south Alabama.


Old 08-05-07, 02:48 PM
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If you've never used 1/4" tapcon cement screws, I'd suggest you try them. All you need is a hammer drill and the appropriate sized bit. You simply drill a hole through the wood and into the mortar joints between the brick, and then insert the screw. It works best if the screw is long enough to penetrate into at least 1" of cement. (So to attach 2x4's, you'd want a 2 1/2 or 2 3/4" Tapcon.) The hex headed screws usually work best (no slip), unless you have an impact driver for the phillips heads.

I'd forget the adhesive. If a future owner goes to remove the wood, unscrewing a few screws would restore the steps to their original condition and only leave behind a few holes that would be easily patched.

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