Friday, February 6, 2015

Removing a damaged brick

Coming through concrete and filling holes and brick are not exactly easy pass but there are a number of tools available all to the qualified Mason, that will help him be up to the chalenge.   The simplest way to remove 1 damage trick is to drill a hole and work out word from the opening. This can be achieved by drilling a hole into the break with a rotary hammer or hammer drill. What's one hole has been drilled repeat the process until multiple holes have been drilled into the brick that you want to remove. At this point in time you can begin chiseling out the break with a chisel or hammer drill with a chisel bit. Make sure to chip away all the the mortar so that your replacement brick will fit in cleanly.  What's all the excess mortar and the bricks have been removed you are ready to install a new brick

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Chimney cap repair

Sometimes referred to as the crown or wash on the chimney the chimney cap is the top of your chimney. having a crack free and sealed chimney crown cap or wash is critical for your chimney's longevity. Moisture seeping into cracked chipped concrete and mortar, coupled with Michigan's constant freezing and thawing cycle can devastate a chimney and just a matter of a season or two. There are a variety ways to crown cap or seal the top of your chimney. schedule a chimney cleaning & inspection today or call to get a free quote for chimney repair

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Mark Maupin Speaks on Tuck pointing Basics at Real Estate Investor Meeting

On April 10, 2008, Mark Maupin of Brick Repair LLC (248) 895-7752 a local Michigan masony contractor spoke on Tuck pointing basics at Nation Real Estate Network in Livonia. Mark has 12 years experience in specialized in masonry restoration, chimney repair, and historic restoration.

Mr. Maupin address tuck pointing basics- Having masonry joints fall apart and deteriorate over time is a common problem in Michigan. Tuck pointing is the removal and replacement of damaged mortar joints. Repairing cracked mortar joints may not be as difficult as one may think. With the purchase of a few tools, anyone can tackle some basic tuck pionting repairs. Most of these tools can be purchased at your local hardware, stores. You will need a masonry trowel, a tuckpointer, either a circular saw or an angle grinder equipped with a diamond blade, and of course mortar (recommend type n redi mix mortar), and a jointing tool.

tuckpoint new mortar into joint and tool out joint
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Grind back damaged mortar joints
tuckpoint new mortar into joint and tool out joint

To begin with, the homeowner will want to remove the cracked and damaged mortar. To do this you will carefully saw or grind out the damaged mortar. “Take the Time Needed!” A careless slip with the grinder can make for a damaged brick instead of a cleaned out joint. They want to remove the mortar at least an additional 1/2 of an inch deeper than the existing joint depth. Make sure to cover any dust sensitive areas with a tarp. Always wear a respirator, and safety glasses: this is VERY dusty work. The type of brick they are working with and temperature on the day they are working on can affect your repairs strength and longevity. On a warmer day and when working with a softer brick you will want to clean the exposed joints out with water. This has two benefits, 1) it will allow for a slower cure time for your mortar giving you stronger joints. 2) It ensures that the exposed joint has been properly cleaned out which will allow the new mortar to bond with the old mortar.

At Brick Repair LLC we are experts at matching brick and mortar color We offer free estimates for any of the following services: Chimney repair, Chimney construction, Chimney crown repair, chimney cap replacement, Chimney rebuilds, Chimineas Tuckpointing, Natural stone, Limestone replacement, Cultured stone, brick porch repair, Brick porch construction, Brick wall construction, toothing work, pointing and repointing work, grout replacement, and historic restoration. We look forward to the opportunity to help you with and brick, block or stone project.

Brick Repair LLC is happy to serve the following Michigan communities - Auburn Hills, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield township, Brighton, Canton, Clarkston, Clawson, Commerce, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Detroit, Ferndale, Drayton Plains, Eastpointe, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Grosse Pointe, Highland, Highland Park, Howell, Huntington Woods, Keego Harbor, Lake Orion, Lathrup Village, Lincoln Park, Livonia, Madison Heights, Milford, New Hudson, Northville, Novi, Oak Park, Orchard Lake, Orion, Orchard Lake, Ortonville, Pontiac, Redford, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Romulus, Roseville, Royal Oak, South Lyon, Southfield, Sterling Heights, Sylvan Lake, Troy, Utica, Walled Lake, Waterford, West Bloomfield, White Lake Oakland County, Wayne County, Macomb County, Livingston County

Mark Maupin of Brick Repair LLC (248) 895-7752

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