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  • Replacing: A Damaged Brick

    Bricks can get damaged or marked for a variety of reasons and can spoil the appearance of a wall. Changing a single brick is not too difficult for a competent DIY enthusiast, as long as you have the right tools and know how, but if you don’t fancy replacing bricks yourself, you can find reliable and trustworthy builders using the simple quote form on the website.

    If you prefer to do the job yourself, you will need a power drill with masonry bit, hammer, a pointing trowel and a cold chisel, along with some sand and cement mixed to the required strength and colour to match the existing wall.

    To begin use the drill to drill holes in the mortar joint surrounding the brick and also in the brick itself. The more holes you drill the easier it will be to remove the brick. Then, using the cold chisel, chop out the brick by joining up the holes already drilled. This is easier if you use a jointing or plugging chisel, but an ordinary cold chisel will get the job done. Once brick is removed clean out the space with a brush then prepare your mix of sand and cement.

    Place a bed of mortar on the floor of the space, making sure it is a little thicker than the mortar you removed, also try and get some to stick to either side of the hole if you can, then spread some on the top of the new brick. Then place the new brick into the opening, cleaning off any mortar that will squash out. Wiggle the brick until it sits level in the opening and all the joints line up. if there are any gaps visible use a pointing trowel to cram in more mortar, then finally re-point the new joints to match the existing wall.

    Last updated by MyJobQuote on 12th August 2014.

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