Replacing brick in steps

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Old 02-21-16, 05:31 AM
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Replacing brick in steps

For whatever reason, this break just decided it didn't need to be there after 20 years. Brick isn't broken, mortar isn't jagged. No idea why.
What's the best way to put this brick back and NOT have that gap there? Without mixing mortar to match?
I can put it back with just some all purpose cement, but that tiny gap will still be there.
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Old 02-21-16, 05:39 AM
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Not sure what I'm looking at .... or is the pic upside down?

Why the aversion to mixing up a little mortar? Ideally you'd chip out the old mortar and reset the brick.
 
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Old 02-21-16, 05:44 AM
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You can but a tube of mortar mix at the home improvement store. No mixing necessary. Show us a pic a bit further away. Show the whole wall or fireplace or whatever. Is this outdoor or indoor?
 
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It's a step in a garage.
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Since it's not hanging in the vertical position, there is no chance of it falling off. This is actually an easy fix. I would remove all old mortar and and reset the brick. You don't want to just "glue" it back in because of it's location. That can easily be safety concern of it being stepped on and breaking loose.
 
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I agree. I wouldn't overly concerned about the fresh mortar not blending in perfectly as it's not likely to be noticed 6 months later.
 
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