1. S

    Brick Match

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

    HELP!? Keeping A 1970's Single Garage Dry?

    Hi All! First time post but have been a long time reader of the forum. I bought my first property in 2020 which is a 1970's maisonette which includes a single garage which is one of the middle garages in a row of 4. Last winter and whenever there is heavy rainfall the garage becomes damp as...
  3. M

    Can I demolish this wall that previously housed an old boiler

    I am hoping someone can give me a little more knowledge on if this wall can be removed and be made flush in line with the door. Please see photos attached.
  4. N

    Bricked up gap between walls and roof

    Hello I'm looking for some advice for how to remedy what appears to be a bodge by a previous owner. I have a standalone single story garage which I'll soon be renovating into a workshop (new plasterboard, insulation, flooring...) but I want to be sure the structure is sound and secure before...
  5. I

    Repoint now or next year?

    Hi, I was wondering if our wall needs repointing now or could it wait till next year? Any chance serious problems could occur if left? It looks the same as last year and we have had no leaks or damp. It's a cavity wall. I am thinking of getting an extension done next year so it would be...
  6. E

    ?Oversailing at DPC

    I've lived in my current house for over 20 years now- 1940s semi. I must admit, I never pay close attention to brick work etc, but I know there are no cracks or obvious signs of subsidence. I'm planning on resurfacing my driveway and as part of this, I've had a really good look at the DPC. I...
  7. BBBerks

    Separated and Eroded Mortar: Concerning, or just in need of some repointing / TLC?

    Hi all, first post here after a bunch of research and probably going a bit stir crazy. We're scoping out some projects for our 1970s mid-terrace townhouse, which had me looking at the walls. I've noticed a few issues, which I'm hoping are just normal ageing for a near 50 year old house and...
  8. J

    Weep Holes. Bees getting in. No photo. (ed.)

    Not sure if this should be posted here but wasn't sure about the appropriate location. I have recently bought a new home. Outside the house I've noticed a few white-ish tubes coming out of the wall and saw some bees looking as though they were climbing inside. From the post linked below, I'm...
  9. T

    DPM for 1ft engineering brick retaining wall?

    Hi guys, I’m building a single skin, 4 courses solid engineering brick retaining wall to retain a small garden lawn. I’ve left weep holes every 2nd brick at ground level and will backfill with 10mm pea gravel, but wanted thoughts on whether a polythene membrane should be put along the side of...
  10. H

    Drill can't go through external wall

    I am trying to drill a hole to insert a fibre extension cable from the outside to the inside of a brick wall. This wall is part of an extension built between 1989 and 1995. I have a Bosch Hammer drill, that never had any trouble going through brick. But now it's really stuck - it goes in about...
  11. R

    Lintel below a lintel - opening a fireplace

    Afternoon guys, I am opening up an old chimney breast that was blocked up years ago. The reason is twofold - ventilation (it wasnt vented!) And decoration. The new opening will be 400mm wide x 600mm high which is smaller than the original so I'm only knocking out 'infill bricks' and not any of...
  12. S

    Replacing damaged brick at corner of house

    Hello, We've got a damaged brick at the corner of our house, which was recently made worse when my 5 year old started picking at it with a stick! Photo attached. I can't imagine we'll be able to get a builder interested in fixing it as it's not worth their time, but I know a very good...
  13. J

    Replace shaped bricks in bay window column

    Hi, I recently bought a late Victorian house in North Cornwall. The prevailing wind has been racing in off the Atlantic and has for years been stripping away at the brickwork on the front elevation. The brickwork around the bay windows is particularly badly spalled. In a couple of places, the...
  14. M

    Will this brick need repointing ?

    I am having beams installed to support a chimney stack. I noticed that whilst this beam was being installed the rear wall which the beam was to be placed on was broken through . The builder left it like this, could this lead to possible water damage in the future and should I insist that it is...
  15. Jojow101

    Chimney damp

    Hi there, I had my roof done last year and chimney flashing replaced on both sides - the house is a terraced and our neighbours had theirs done at the same time. We have leaks coming in from the corners of the room (it’s an attic bedroom) also - there’s an unused fireplace with a lot of grit...
  16. S

    Mortar setting when freezing temperatures forecast (-1 to - 3C)

    Hello, We just had some brick work done to fill a small hole left by an old gas extractor fan. Should I be worried that within 12 hours of this being done the temperature is forecast to get as low as - 1 to - 2C? It's also forecast to get as low as - 3C within 24 hours. Could this cause any...
  17. S

    Exposing old brick fireplace

    Hi all, Just bought a Victorian terraced house and in the process of trying to expose the chimney breast wall. Having taken off some of the plaster, there appears to be a line of bricks that have been replaced at some point. Has anyone got any idea whether it's feasible to put some original...
  18. S

    Exposed joists under front door

    Hi, I'm currently doing some work on the front garden to take the ground level below Dpc level and have removed paving slabs from the whole area. However after removing the ones in front of the front door, it's exposed the sub floor beneath the hallway. There's no outer brick skin present just...
  19. Jimthomasgreen

    Cracked External Brick

    Hi all, me and the wife are buying our first home. We have found the perfect home, and on a viewing I noticed a crack running down between the bricks from a window upstairs (picture attached). Does anyone with knowledge know if they are something to be worried about?
  20. stratford_noob

    Waterproofing exterior garage wall

    Hi, I have long going dampness issue on one of my garage wall as big part of it is under the ground level as it makes border with my neighbour who has his ground level higher then me. I have finally managed to dig a trench around the wall in my neighbour garden and now I need to seal it, and...