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Will Pressure Washing Brick Do Damage to the Brick Mortar?
by john in Home & Garden
Pressure washing brick is one of the easiest ways to maintain the fresh and clean look of the brick. Regular cleaning can help uphold the newly-built look of your house for years, but that look can come at a price. If improper methods were used to mix the mortar, or if there has been decay over time in the joints, for example, pressure washing can have some detrimental side effects in regards to t

How to Tell If a House Has Brick Veneer Vs. Solid Brick Walls
by Matthiasa in Home & Garden
Brick veneer is a single layer of brick covering an exterior wall of a house that's made from another material, such as wood or steel. The weight of the structure is borne by the inner part of the wall, not by the brick. The brick veneer is a cosmetic part of the wall and can actually be added any time after the house is built. Solid brick walls, on the other hand, consist of two layers of attache

Can I Paint a Brick to Make It Look Like a Variegated Color Brick?
by jaset in Home & Garden
Brick that is a solid color can be painted to resemble variegated brick using basic painting techniques. Bricks can be painted individually before installation, or an existing brick structure can be given a variegated finish. Gather your supplies before you begin and, if you have an extra brick or two, create a practice piece first so you can familiarize yourself with the technique. Allow your com

Brick Veneer vs. Full Brick Costs
by Mariocki in Home & Garden
Brick has a look of tradition and durability that few other building materials can challenge, and homes with brick walls proudly advertise the quality of their construction. Full brick walls, which are usually reinforced, are relatively expensive in terms of material and labor costs. Thinner, lighter brick veneers that are applied as a facade are an option that's less expensive than traditional br

Red Brick vs. Fire Brick Bread Ovens
by RoBo in Home & Garden
Brick ovens are the pinnacle of outdoor cooking and imbue foods with a smokey, old-world flavor. Chefs of all skill levels can bake bread, make pizza and even smoke meat in a brick oven. Constructing your own allows you to craft a design that fits your tastes and lifestyle. Brick, whether fire brick or red brick, is only one of the many important components of these backyard ovens. How Brick Ov

Can I Expose a Brick Wall in My Brick House?
by Pat in Home & Garden
People often wish to remove the plaster from their brick walls to reveal the brickwork beneath. Exposed brick on interior walls creates an appealing aesthetic, which is popular in many city apartment buildings. Exposed brick walls in homes are charming at first glance, but without proper preparation, they are not always easy to live with. CleaningExposed brick walls require some work to make th

Difference Between Fire Brick & Regular Brick
by JackBurton in Home & Garden
Firebricks are blocks of refractory ceramic materials used to line fireplaces, fire boxes and furnaces. They are different from regular masonry bricks because of their ability to withstand temperatures up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. The chemical composition of dense firebricks is different from that of regular bricks. The color, shape and thermal conductivity of firebricks and regular bricks are

How Does Faux Brick Compare to Real Brick?
by kalfa in Home & Garden
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How to Build a Brick Chimney in a Brick House
by sordumsoruyu in Home & Garden
Building a brick chimney is a delicate project that takes skill and time to complete properly. If a chimney is not installed correctly with the right parts, it can be dangerous to a home and its occupants. Some counties may not allow individuals to build their own chimney. Check with building codes in your area before starting the project. When finished, hire a professional to inspect the chimney

How to Make a Brick Fire Pit With Different Types of Brick
by Keoki619 in Home & Garden
Making a brick fire pit in your home landscape creates an attractive recreation area. Using several types of brick adds detail to the fire pit for an eye-appealing feature by building the base of the fire pit with one style of brick and cap it off with a different size, shape or color. You can also add a different brick type on the ground around the fire pit to create a fully landscaped space.Diff

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