Need bricklaying help fast!!!

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  1. TWMIM

    TWMIM New Member

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    I have an old coal chute, it leads directly into the basement.

    It has rusted out beyond repair.

    I need to brick it off, or I need an outside the box solution NOW.

    I have about 60 bricks, I need to know what else I need as far as tools or materials.

    It's getting cooler, night time temps in the 60's, if that's a factor.

    HELP!!!:eek:
     

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  2. TWMIM

    TWMIM New Member

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    Another view....
     

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  3. willshoum

    willshoum New Member

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    Wusseys .........

    Damn man, ain't you ever heard of duck and goose......;)
     
  4. TWMIM

    TWMIM New Member

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    Can somebody get me a cajun dictionary?:D
     
  5. ineverFTF

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    Just get 17 1/2 rolls of duct tape. Tape the edges shut with 4 1/3 of the duct tape. And with the remainder tape the bricks plus ply wood, throw in a mixture of salt and ground lemon rinds, and you have an unbreakable barrier.
     
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  6. vincent

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    I wish I could offer you help in your build but I'm much, MUCH better at breaking stuff than building it...:p

    It does however, make me very happy to know that somewhere out there, 60 bricks are very, VERY happy...;)
     

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  7. slim325

    slim325 New Member

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    Bricks mortar trowel ?
     
  8. willshoum

    willshoum New Member

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    The heat is on......

    Duck an goose.....What a cajun does when the weather is cold, duck under the covers, and get down with your squeeze. { women ]........Being Nekkid helps........:eek: :)
     
  9. Dillinger

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    1) bag of ready mix concrete, water and a bucket you don't care about.

    2) Spade or trowel

    3) Way to cut bricks to fit (chop saw with a masonry blade?)

    4) Way to remove said rusted flap, thingy. (hammer drill perhaps?)

    remove rusted flap thingy. Size and cut bricks like you would build with a Lego kit.

    Mix up concrete, apply to bottom of brick, put in place, apply concrete to next brick, put in place. Use trowel to wipe excess concrete from bricks where they begin to ooze out. Repeat until affected area is covered.

    Go inside and see if you can remove any excess sloppage, apply insulation bats as necessary.

    And don't forget YouTube has an entire home project channel. ;)
     
  10. BillM

    BillM Well-Known Member Supporter

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    You really do not want "ready mix cement"--around here it's got gravel
    in it.

    You want "mortar mix". More of a sand based goo. Don't mix it too thin.

    It looks like your current wall is cement block? If you want the patch
    to blend in, go get yourself some more cement blocks. They are CHEAP.
    You can do it with your bricks---but it will always look like a hole in a block
    wall patched with bricks.

    Blocks can be cut to fit in several ways. For just a couple, use a masonry
    blade in a circular saw. DUSTY--and it's nasty dust. Wear a mask. Having
    someone run water on it while cutting is way less dusty, but really messy!

    If you go with bricks, they make a chisel that will produce a nice clean
    straight break. Maybe not the first or second time--but heck, you have
    60 bricks and probably don't need all of them.

    Dampen your brick/block. Slop on some mortar. Place it where you want it,
    repeat. Smooth off the excess mortar, then use something--stick, pinky
    finger, old 30-06 casing (see--it IS firearms related)--whatever and groove
    out the mortar between the new stuff so it kind of matches the old stuff.
    This is called "jointing". They make a cute tool for it, but it's not worth it for
    what you have to do.
     
  11. TWMIM

    TWMIM New Member

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    I can use concrete? I thought I needed some sort of mortar mix.

    I'd better research the hell out of this.
     
  12. TWMIM

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    Aha! This may work...

    Roughly how long to dry?
     
  13. Dillinger

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    Damn, bill's right, you need mortar mix, not concrete. Monday morning fog. :eek:

    Thanks for the clarification bill!
     
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    Dry? Completely? Depends. Longer than you would think, but still
    days rather than weeks. Check with your local builders supply and see
    if there is a quick-set mortar available. You might want to mix the mortar in
    small batches rather than all at once---not much you can do with half
    a bag of hardened mortar. Paint it brown and call it dinosaur poop?
     
  15. cvia

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    I used to be a mason. I did brick, block, and stone. Get a bag of the mortar that is premixed. You need a trowel and not a large one meant for block. You can try to mix it in a bucket but I suggest a wheelbarrel. When mixing you need a good thick but playable mortar. To wet and it's worthless and to dry its worthless. If you get it wrong just wait for it to dry out some or just add more water. You don't need a saw for the brick. You could just smack at the point you need off with the edge of your trowel. Unless you need a perfect cut. When you knock out whatever that is clean out the area good. Apply mortar to the bottom where the brick is going not to the brick itself. You need a to lay a thick lay out then furrow it. Run your trowel down the middle of the mud you just laid down. This will help the brick sit right. This is called the bed joint. Press the brick down firmly but don't flatten the bed joint out either. Use your trowel to scrape off the mud that comes out and apply it to the edge of the next brick. The short side not the long side. This is called the head joint. All joints should be same thickness and even. Start with a hole brick then cut at the end of your first run then start the next row with a cut brick. There's a lot of technique needed. Use string line to keep everything good. And a masons ruler to set the string line.
     
  16. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member Admin Moderator Lifetime Supporter

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    Hire someone to do it for you. :cool:
     
  17. TWMIM

    TWMIM New Member

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    Not manly. I've got to screw this up on my own, without reading the directions.
     
  18. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member Admin Moderator Lifetime Supporter

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    Ah, I see. I've been a single woman for a long time. I forgot how you guys think. :rolleyes:
     
  19. dragunovsks

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    If it was me it pour it in one block with concrete. Remove the door, Drill into the surrounding blocks with a hammer drill, cover the back of the hole with plywood, insert rebar into holes you drilled, cover the front with plywood but leave a small hole in the plywood. Then use a funnel to get the concrete inside.

    Let it set a few days before you remove the forms. You also want to seal the edges of the plywood on the inside of the house so that the concrete doesn't ooze out and run down your wall.

    Is the basement finished or unfinished?
     
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