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Make my own dogleg bricks (prob. just external angle)

Discussion in 'Building' started by paulandfrodo, 29 Jan 2015.

  1. paulandfrodo

    paulandfrodo

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    I'm just about to buy a turn of the century property to refurbish.

    Alas, the bay window has been removed.

    I've spoken to my local brick supplier (Michelmersh) and they have quoted a 26 week lead time on a supply of what I want. I have to say, I did laugh.

    Can anyone see any reason why I can't/shouldn't use a wet tile cutter (Dewalt D24000 - I've got one) and some 'soft' bricks and just shape up my own from soft imperial bricks (to match the house). Is it possible to buy 'over-sized' bricks, so the overall reduction in size is not as bad ??

    I've used this process before to resolve certain brick issues and it worked great.

    I am aware these doglegs will be a few mm short of a traditional brick, but, as I'm getting the windows made for the opening, it should not be a great problem !!
     
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    Are you talking about leaving the cut face of a brick showing? :eek:

    Or are you talking about making your own specials with glued back on faces?
     
  3. oldbutnotdead

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    Why not just mitre cut the bricks (with your tile cutter or an angle grinder with diamond disc) so the cut face isn't exposed? Yes you'll have a continuous perp bed at the corner and a bit of a bulge to lose -17mm at 30 degrees- but if you alternate the mitres you'll get enough stability in the corner (assuming it is only a ground floor bay).

    NB Make sure the wall tops out at least 800mm above ground level unless you want to spend a fortune on tempered glass
     
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