|Fig.1 Damaged bricks|
Supplies and Tools:
Bucket, rubber or plastic
Trowel with rubber handle
Water hose with a water source
Mr. Suez wanted his backyard brick border repairs finished in one day. I arrived and realized that the brick wall had lost most of its mortar and the bricks were no longer straight.
This post shows the thirteen steps on how to repair a damaged red brick border.
Step 1: Above Fig.1, fig.2, and fig.3 shows each brick level is damaged and/or missing, and all the levels were loose.
Step 2: The job was started by purchasing supplies at a local hardware store. The tools used were a rubber handle trowel. The rubber handle on the trowel gives the grip needed to push around the mortar in and around the cracks between the bricks. The boxed mortar was the perfect size for this job. Mr. Suez provided the water hose with water to mix and soak the bricks.
|Fig.2 Assemble red bricks|
|Fig.3 Check damages|
|Fig.4 Bricks removed|
Step 5: Soak the bricks with water from the water hose so the mortar will stick to the bricks. This needs to be done during the entire job.
Step 6: Start with the bottom row, in this job there were only 3 rows of bricks, not all the bricks were loosened so I removed all the loose bricks from the damaged areas.
Step 7: Fig.5 and fig.6 shows the mortar box when the box is opened. Prepare a small amount of mortar to be applied in a plastic pail.
|Fig.5 Fast setting mortal|
|Fig.6 Dry mortar mix|
|Fig.7 Mixing pail|
|Fig.8 Mixing mortar|
Step 9: Fig.9 shows how to use a hammer to remove the old mortar from the bricks. It was removed from the top and bottom as needed to clean the bricks.
|Fig.9 Tapping bricks|
|Fig.10 Placing mortar|
|Fig.11 Place mortar to set bricks|
|Fig.12 Watering repairs|
|Fig.13 Sponge side wall|
|Fig 14 Top view of brick wall|
|Fig 15 Project finished|
|Fig.16 Wash top of bricks|
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