Repairing separated bricks & mortar

Old 06-23-08, 05:51 PM
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Repairing separated bricks & mortar

Hello folks,

I have two issues with my brick and mortor that I need assistence with.

First, I have a small, raised, brick patio. It has a row of bricks that overhangs foundation. For several months, the bricks that trimmed the overhang sagged. Finally, a few days ago, they fell. I need to get these back in place.

2nd, I have two places in the front where the mortar is cracking in a zig zag fashion. The zig zag runs from the bottom of two windows down to the floor of the front porch.

Obviously, I am more concerned about the 2nd problem because it suggests foundation shifting/settling.

Is this a job I, a completely inexperienced bricklayer, can tackle? Or, is this something I need not only a bricklayer but a contractor to check the foundation?

Old 06-24-08, 05:57 AM
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For the first problem, you can possibly reattach them with thinset, but that is a very poor design to begin with. In the second, it looks like you have foundation settlemnt issues.

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