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DEAR TIM: I'm building a new home and two concrete block piers toppled over when a ladder was leaned against one. The one pier crashed into the second one. Why did this happen and what could have prevented it? I thought concrete block was the smart product to use for my foundation and home, but […]

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The trick when repairing brick pavers is to get the replacement brick paver level and to match colors. Brick pavers will weather outside over the years. If your replacement paver is brand new, it might not match.

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Brick mortar is the glue that holds bricks together. Brick mortar repair varies depending on the repair job. Mortar for your brick patio has to be stronger then wall mortar. Using the right mixture will keep your brick and mortar stuck together for years.

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Cleaning mortar off bricks is a common problem. Brick mortar can be taken off bricks using an acid. Use care when cleaning brick on your project.

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Building steps leading down to your patio is not a project for a rookie. Building brick steps can be done several ways. You can use the traditional brick and mortar method or use interlocking concrete bricks, that require no mortar.

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Brick wall leakage happens frequently. Often it is invisible, but in certain situations the water makes it inside the home. Water from brick wall leaks enters through the tiny contact zone where the mortar touches each brick.

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A brick house can resist damage from wind storms. Brick is simply much more durable than wood, vinyl or other sidings. Cement stucco, concrete block and stone houses also perform well in wind storms.

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