Cant find my 11yr old brick anywhere for my addition

Old 03-24-00, 04:22 AM
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I am in the process of closing in an existing porch for a new bedroom addition.I tore down the existing brick for this and saved as much as I could but will still need about 1000 more. I looked locally for my brick but cannot find it anywhere. Do you guys know of any custom brick manufacturers or where i can send a photo of my brick to have someone identify the manufacturer or the type of brick. It seems evryone locally has a different opinion on what type it is. I bought the house from another owner who has no idea what type it is and the local brick shop where the brick was bought is out of buisness now. Any ideas? I dont want to put siding because I dont want it to look too much like an add on. Thanks!
Old 03-25-00, 12:14 AM
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The best I can do is to provide avenues of approach. I'm assuming that you live within the U.S. (meaning the brick is either U.S. or Canadian made).

Avenue One:
It might be some hassle, but if the builder or the architect can be traced through County Records it might be possible to find the brick/ brick maker. The brick may be specified on the plans on in a set of accompanying specifications. (Even a name would be a starting point).

Avenue Two:
From what the locals have said, or suspected, (wire cut, hand moulded, ect., ect., ect.) try either Belden Brick: or Old Carolina Brick: The cost to reproduce a 1000 may be high but either company has the means.

Avenue Three:
From the following link get local. Maybe a local brick maker will reproduce them Brick Manufacturers:

Avenue Four:
If Canadian Brick was suspected go to and look for their U.S. distributors list.

Avenue Five:
Some of the online brick makers and suppliers have online catalogs where you just might find the brick you're looking for. I'm sure that most of them would respond to a catalog request.

Avenue Six:
There are still a few small hand moulders in the U.S., but between the cost of reproduction and shipping, plus the time line, it might be an expensive long wait. (If you wanted to find a local one, try the Ceramics Department of a local College or State University, ask at the largest masonry supply in town or at the local Trade Union or Guild).

Avenue Seven:
Some of the larger cities have business that specialize in used or recycled building materials. It's a long shot, but your brick may be sitting in a large pile in one of those yards.

Sevens my lucky number, so I'll quit while I'm ahead.

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