?Interior Dry Brick Laying


Old 02-21-00, 06:07 PM
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I have converted a single car garage to a mudroom type of entrance and am considering using common bricks for the flooring. These would be laid over the existing concrete floor and I may need to use some leveler to eliminate the gradual slope to the former drain in the center of the garage. What if anything should I do before setting the bricks, also, is there any merit to using a backerboard or insulation?

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Old 02-21-00, 10:28 PM
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Backerboard is a waste of money over a slab. It's used in place of a cement or plaster base. Insulation, if it existed, would be under the slab, along with a waterproof membrane. Speaking for myself, I think you would gain more from a small heater on a timer and/or a switch than from rigid foam on the floor.

If the intent is to dry lay the brick without mortar, level and lay. Prior to the leveler, you might consider having the floor shot blasted (or use a bonding agent in the mix) for better adhesion.

Just a thought: if the floor drain still exists, clay tile set in mortar might be a little easier to clean than brick without a floor drain (same for 1/2 brick pavers).
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