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cbryancu t1_j8cvk7l wrote

Need to see more, but your underlayment looks like real tile. If it's mostly loose, you would have to remove it and decide what you want as a finish floor there.

The brick repair is grind out mortar and tuck point (replace) it. It's odd spot to crack, above lintel. Usually the cracked is at the edge of a lintel.


fergablu2 t1_j8d15t0 wrote

We had to have some of the lintels on our brick house built in 1964 replaced because I was told the steel of the era wasn’t the best. I wouldn’t leave that because the weather can get in and rust the lintel more.


WanderingMozzie OP t1_j8es6mj wrote

Thanks fergablu - just to clarify, am I correct in thinking that if I left the settled bricks & didn’t repoint, the lintel could rust?


fergablu2 t1_j8g5gve wrote

I would guess that the lintel rusting and warping caused the bricks to shift.


WanderingMozzie OP t1_j8g6scq wrote

Got it makes sense, would you recommend replacing the lintel & also the bricks around it?


fergablu2 t1_j8g7i3k wrote

Find a masonry specialist to look at it.


WanderingMozzie OP t1_j8es1li wrote

Thanks for that appreciate the response - as a newbie without much DIY experience when it come to repointing, would you recommend a DIY job after watching some YouTube videos on how it’s done etc, or would you hire a brick mason?


cbryancu t1_j8gedpt wrote

Rent or buy a grinder and get a diamond blade. Use that to cut and dig out old mortar. This is a very handy item combo to own for lots of house repairs.

up new mortar and pushing it into the joint is not to difficult. Need to get the proper tools. It's a doable DIY. Cover everything under it and have water a rag and brush to wipe brick before mortar sets (the face of the brick will get some on it, and if left to dry it's a big pain to remove.)