Wrapping wood pillars with brick?

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Wrapping wood pillars with brick?

I need some help, and am hoping someone can give me some advice.

I have 3 wood 4x4 posts on my front porch that I removed the railings from. I would like to wrap the bottom third of those posts in brick, and then finish off the top two thirds with stained cedar. In doing my research, someone mentioned that the mortar used with the brick can actually rot out the posts and it is not recommended to wrap anything wood with brick. They should be metal posts. Without replacing the posts, does anybody know how I can make the wood posts safe to wrap? Can I cover them in metal where the brick with be?

I would really appreciate any ideas!
 
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Old 08-21-10, 07:19 PM
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Welcome to the forums! You'll have to handle the brick application just like you would any stone work. First wrap the part of the columns that will be covered with 15# builder's felt, then cover with metal lath. The felt will help keep the moisture from the posts and the lath will help with keeping the mortar from coming loose and your bricks from falling. Hope this helps. Others may chime in with better methods, but this method should work fine.
 
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Chandler, does your response also hold true for wanting to add stone about 3 feet up on cedar patio posts?
 
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Chandlers method is correct for any amount of length you want to brick over. You would just put the paper and lath over the part of the 4x4 thats getting covered with brick. I would recommend also putting a layer of ty-vek homewrap up before the #15 paper.
 
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I would think that "Ice & Water Shield" might be better. It's a *****uthane product. Self sealing where you would staple the lath to the post.
 
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2 1/2 year old post. Hopefully they have it done by now. Self sealing is fine, but a little expensive for use as a post wrap for rock or brick. It is your top protection that counts, around the post.
 
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