Repairing Weathered Brick Columns Repairing Weathered Brick Columns
Repairing brick columns is something you can do with the right materials. Follow the steps below to repair weathered brick columns to improve your home's safety and beauty:
Step 1: Assess the Damage
Find out if the column is cracked or if it has only flaking mortar. You may need to replace whole layers of brick or just the mortar. Put a steel support or long wood plank beside a load-bearing column to hold the load while you repair the column.
Step 2: Remove Damaged Parts
Tap the damaged areas with a hammer and cold chisel to loosen them. Pull the bricks and mortar out carefully.
Step 3: Clean and Rinse the Bricks and Column Area
Dust off and dampen the column and the replacement bricks so the mortar will adhere better.
Step 4: Mix and Apply Mortar
Mix the mortar so it is just a bit thinner than caulking. Spread mortar with the trowel in the column and on the brick.
Step 5: Insert the Bricks
Insert each brick into the column. Secure the edges with thicker mortar. Press the curved side of a mortar tool into the grooves around all the bricks to set the bricks.