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    Advice needed- cracks around windows interior and exterior

    Hello, I'm considering purchasing this property but I'm worried about cracks around the windows both internally and externally. The windows sit one on top of the other and the external crack in the picture below sits between the two of them. We're first time buyers in our 30s and have already...
  2. M

    Drilling into what looks like brick - hit a blocker almost immediately

    Hi all, drilling into what looks like a brick wall in our cellar, to hang something up, but after around 5mm the drilling just stops, with both normal and masonry drill bits. I used a stud finder and metal/wires finder and they both said nothing was there in the area. I’ve attached an image of...
  3. R

    Broken brick: poor trademanship?

    Hello. Got a Ring floodlight installed today and the traders have broken the brick on which they installed the mount (not saying anything to me afterwards). I understand you can drill outdoor brick without damaging it. Would this prove to be poor tradesmanship from them? Is the cam secure to the...
  4. B

    Wet plastered wall - Fixings for shelving - 1900's Property

    Hello everyone, I recently became the owner of a house built in 1905, by far the oldest property I have ever lived in, so I'm slowly getting to grips with the construction methods that were used at that time and the fun and games that come with owning a property from that era ... My project...
  5. T

    Is it possible to turn this house front into brick?

    Hi, is anyone able to tell me if it is possible to make the front of this house brick please? If so, what would the process be called and if anyone has any budget range estimates that would also be great. Thank you
  6. Twtiger89

    Opinion: How Best to Close?

    We purchased a house with an attached garage that opens to the back garden, however its not been completely closed off. We’d like to close the garage as when it rains water comes in but also to protect any stored items. Whats the best way? I’d like to put in a uPVC door with glass to allow...
  7. P

    What is the name of this block, please?

    Hiya, please can you help me? These grey blocks are on the inner-side, with red brick on the outside, of a house built in 1987. I'm trying to find out what they're called? Many thanks in advance!
  8. B

    Missing brick under service panel

    Hi All Can anyone help with a possible issue I have discovered. I have been going around the house sealing up gaps to prevent draughts. Recently I discovered a misssing brick just below soil line . It is directly under this grey service box (not sure what it is) I was wondering if I could...
  9. J

    Render or replace spalled brickwork?

    Hello! I am a new homeowner and completely lost in the dark. I have noticed some spalled brickwork at the bottom of my side wall. No damp on the inside, think they’re just old and weathered. Any advice? Do they need to be removed? Or could I get away with repointing and the getting render on...
  10. M

    Enhancing colour of old handmade bricks

    Can anyone recommend a product that will boost the colour of handmade bricks please? I'm laying some halved bricks (cut side up) as a bit of a patio, and would like the colour to be intensified. TIA
  11. J

    Attempt to build a brickwork retaining wall - Tips - helps advice needed

    Hi Everyone, I`m rising my patio to make more large area to the same level and need to build an L shape retaining wall 750mm tall. We have used a bricklayer for some job in the past but look like they have now completely lost their mind. Waiting time 2 month from we book them in and cost...
  12. C

    Opening up my 1930's fireplace

    Hello all, Thanks in advance for your assistance I'm hoping to open up my fireplace to the original size As you can see in the photos, the mortar line to the left and right where it has been bricked up from but I didn't immediately find a lintel above, or bricked arch or bricked soldiers to...
  13. J

    Chimney Breast Lintel

    Hi everyone, wondering if anyone can help! I removed the gas fire and surround we had on our chimney breast and found this underneath. I know that the central brick part (the bit that looks newer/highlighted in green) was installed around 20 years ago (house is 1960s). I want to remove the...
  14. B

    Are these cracks in external wall anything to worry about?

    1950s terraced house, ex-local authority, generally solid as a rock I noticed some cracks today, might have been there forever, I never looked for them. The first picture is under the front downstairs window, right in the middle (horizontally and vertically), so on the oposite side of the...
  15. R

    Best Way of attaching a Lean-to carport beam to red brick?

    I am putting up a carport on the side of my house and am not sure what the most suitable and strongest anchoring bolts are for the 2"x6" C16 beam to red brick. I've seen expansion bolts, resin anchors or thunder bolts. Recommendations, brands etc. would be great, thanks!
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    Crumbling house!

    Hi all, i am reaching out again - looking for a general view on whether this is very bad, bad or simply something to fix. Knowing very little about house and bricks, i have noticed a burgeoning and cracked piece of paint on the side of one external door, i have opened it a bit and found very...
  17. B

    Fireplace / chimney mould?

    Hi, can anyone confirm whether the black stuff in the photos is mould? I think it may be mould but perhaps covered in dust, so I’m not sure. The photos are from an old disused fireplace that is now simply a hole in my bedroom wall with a breeze coming through it. I’m on the top floor with two...
  18. U

    Anyone know what this type of brick is called?

    Hi all, I've just had an extension built. I rescued the "slopey" bricks from the old window sill with a view to reinstating them under the window of the extension. I cleaned them all up and put them in a pile but, unfortunately, my over-zealous gardener - on the scout for in-fill, has smashed...
  19. P

    Single skin Brick shed: Advice to replace wooden door and window with lintel in 2 pieces

    Hi all, I have a single skin brick shed at the bottom of the garden that I want to renovate and convert to a office, I want to replace the existing wooden door and windows (if you can call them that) but I'm not sure how to go about it, the lintel is in two pieces and I'm not sure if it will...
  20. S

    Brick Match

    Any ideas what would match the attached multi? Closest i've found is a Harvest Buff Multi