Brick surface breaking away

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Old 02-15-13, 09:49 AM
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Brick surface breaking away

I have brick steps at the entrance of my home and some of the front faces of the bricks have broken. I realize that this happens from the moisture in the bricks and the freezing temperatures. The broken pieces are intact and I would like to know what material is best to put the pieces back. Can I apply any sealer to prevent the other bricks from breaking? Thanks for your help.
 
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I don't think that you'll be able to reuse the same pieces. You would be better off replacing the damaged bricks. I'm not a fan of sealer. If you can post a pic, that might help.
 
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Old 02-16-13, 06:09 AM
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I already took the pieces off and I can fit them back in place. Can they be glued with epoxy or something else or is this a bad idea? I thought that a silicone or other type sealer would prevent moisture from getting into the bricks and therefore prevent this from happening.
 
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Nothing is going to make those pieces hold the weight. Why don't you want to replace the damaged bricks? What about covering the steps with slabs of blue stone?
 
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If you could find some pc7 epoxy at home depot or ace, I'd probably mix the two parts together and then put a very thin coat on each surface with a pop-sickle stick and then press them together. The repair will probably be stronger than the brick was originally. Clean anything that squeezes out onto the surface with denatured alcohol before it cures.
 
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xsleeper, that might work if he wants to lay blue stone on top. Otherwise, I don't recommend it.
 
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Whatever caused the bricks to break in the first place will probably cause any repaired (or replacement) bricks to also break. Were they cantilevered too far over the risers, perhaps? Correct the cause of the breakage first, before repairing or replacing bricks.
 
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My guess is that the stoop is pitched wrong.
 
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Old 02-17-13, 07:51 PM
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My guess is that they used building brick and that the brick cracked at the weakest point of the brick (at the hole) due to either water/ice or inadequate buttering of the bricks (voids in the holes). Possibly cantilevered too far too.

I'd still epoxy them back on for the time being. If the repair lasts, great. If it doesn't, go to plan B.
 
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