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How to Replace a Broken Brick

Whether you live in a home that has a damaged wall, or are just looking to add a touch of beauty to your garden, replacing a broken brick is a relatively simple operation. Unlike installing a new wall, however, you must have some patience and dexterity to successfully perform the work. If you are not sure how to do it, we have provided a step-by-step guide to help you get started.

First, determine whether your brick wall has a concrete footing. Many older houses are built without footings, and the structural brick wall rests directly on the ground. To avoid this, be sure that the footings are placed on virgin soil or mechanically compacted soil. If you can’t figure out whether your home has footings, it is likely that it’s not properly constructed. Nevertheless, it’s always worth checking whether your brick wall has cracked, or if it’s simply not stable.

After cleaning the brick thoroughly, you need to apply a layer of Total Wall Care Brick Repair Mortar to the damaged area. It’s essential to clean the brick well, as the mixture can cause further damage if water penetrates it. Secondly, if the bricks are prone to cracking, you should avoid mixing concrete or cement, as it may result in cracking and further damage. If the bricks are cracked, it’s important to use the right type of mortar.

If the brick is not cracked too badly, you can use the old bricks as replacements. But be sure to clean the mortar first, as it can easily erode away the original brick. If you’re unsure of the exact method, try drilling holes into the brick using a hammer or bolster. Then, insert the replacement brick in the hole and let it sit until the mortar has hardened. Once it has dried, you can then re-point the brick.

Another way to fix a broken brick is to drill out the old mortar with an angle grinder. However, this will cost you time, and will result in a brick that’s uneven. If you don’t want to drill out the old mortar, you can use a power drill with a masonry cutting wheel to make the job easier. Next, you can lay down a bed of mortar on the base of the hole. Then, insert the new brick carefully, making sure to fill the hole completely.

Another option is to turn a broken brick into a pavement, garden path, or crazy-quilt pavement. Broken bricks are great for a variety of projects, from freeform mosaics to formal garden patterns. The process of fitting together a broken brick is like working with a puzzle. The results can be whimsical or fanciful, depending on the individual’s creativity. You’ll soon find yourself surrounded by beautiful bricks.

If you can’t afford to hire a professional masonry repair team, you can use a ready-to-use mortar mix. The mix comes in a color-coded bag to match the bricks. Just mix the right amount of mortar mix with water. Once you’ve got the right mix, you’re ready to repair your bricks! So, what are you waiting for? Take advantage of the benefits of using mortar!