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Cutting bricks

I'm building a brick mailbox and have to arch the bricks around the top of the mailbox. To do this I need to cut the bricks in the shape of a "keystone". How can I do this? The cut needs to be made on the long sides of the brick, meaning that if you look at the end of the brick after cutting you should see the keystone effect. Need to cut around 12 bricks to make the entire arch. I'm using a std solid brick. Its called Old Tumbles.

I've asked all the brick supply house in the area and they all said that they couldn't do this.

Not knowing the radius you are using I can't give you a measurement to cut your brick to. They can be cut using a diamond blade either wet or dry. If you don't have access to a diamond saw I would look in the yellow pages for a masonry contractor in your area and see if they would cut them for you. The other thing to look at is that you can turn a fairly tight radius using the mortar joint as a key.


Bricks spalling

The bricks on the outside of our house are spalling, the face of the bricks crack and fall off. This happens more and more particularly after the winter season. Only the bricks from about 2-3 feet up from the ground are involved. It is obvious that bricks were replacd prior to our purchase of the house 5 yrs. ago. Our insurance tells us this is not covered.

The cause of the brick spaulding is more than likely water penetration and frost. The best fix is to cut out the affected brick and then seal the entire wall with a quality sealer. Sealing the brick will slow the damage to the wall even if replacing is not an option.


Cutting Brick Pavers

What is the easiest way to cut brick pavers without having to rent a masonary saw or purchasing a diamond blade for my circular saw. I only have about 20 bricks to cut and basically they only need to be cut in half.

If all you have are 20 brick to cut you can buy carborendum blades for masonry that will fit a circular saw. The brick may also be cut with a brick hammer or brick set. The brick set is a chisel with a 3 to 3 1/2" wide blade they produce a fairly clean cut in most brick. But for the novice I would reccomend scoring the brick first with the saw.

Cutting bricks in a curve

I am building a brick BBQ but instead of the corners square, I want them with a curve about the same as the curve on a 1 gal paint can. I have no saw.

This summer, I rented a brick saw from the local 'rentery' and was able to do some rounded effects on the bricks. Rental for a day only ran about $40, plus blade usage (about $5).


How do I remove z-brick for my kitchen walls?

Unfortunately, you do not. You remove the walls then install new drywall.

Screwing into Brick

I want to put a brass plaque (sign) on the brick at my front door. What do I need to use to screw it into the brick so that it will stay anchored?

You will need three Items :
-a variable speed drill
-a masonry drill bit
-a Tapcon Masonry screw.

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You will purchase a masonry bit that is 1/16th smaller in diameter than the diameter of the screw you are using. You will drill a hole in the brick, then install the screw through the plaque. Because the screw will be slightly large, it will self tap but be snug enough not to come out.

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