Cleaning brick for carport enclosure


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Old 05-04-09, 04:13 PM
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Question Cleaning brick for carport enclosure

Hello. Well read through some posts and have already started cleaning them but have a question. I have already removed about 35' of brick from my carport so that I can enclose the front and side and reuse it to fill in. Trying to avoid that vinyl siding look.

Anyways, I got it down removing the mortar with a hammer drill and 1" chisel. The bricks have three 1 1/8" hole down the middle. The brick layer that is going to rebrick says that as long as I get the tops and bottom clean that I dont really need to clean out the three holes. Obviously not drilling out the holes is a HUGE time saver. What do you all think? Is it ok to not clean the holes, or would it be ok to just clean em out a little on each side. This is the only time the bricks seem to snap is from the outward pressure of the mortar in the holes.

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Old 05-05-09, 07:08 AM
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No Mason, but as I understand, the holes are for lighter weight and less material cost. Your expert says don't clean 'em, so don't.
 
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Old 05-05-09, 03:28 PM
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I had always thought the holes were there so that the mortar would fill through to the hole below it and make it stonger is all. Like cinder blocks do.
 
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Old 05-05-09, 03:37 PM
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Block is not normally filled completely unless for special requirements like retaining walls, and even them might not be every void, just every few feet. I understand what you mean about locking the brick together through the holes.

Plenty of solid brick has been put up with just the mortar on the surface.

As I said, no Pro, but you have one telling you what he needs.
 
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put another way: this country - and a good chunk of western civilization - is built on bricks. and a lot of them from the beginning of the last century were solid bricks.

i'm giving you a pass: relax, put your feet up, and let the mason do his thing.

and if he asks you to mix or carry any mortar, tell him you're knocking half of his price.
 
 

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