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Creepers on the House

It cannot fairly be charged against the self-clinging creepers, ampelopsis and ivy, that they make walls clamp, for the screen of downward-pointing leaves which they present does a great deal in preventing rain reaching the brickwork or masonry to which they cling. There is no doubt, however, as to their capacity for doing damage if…

Chimney Repairs
Chimneys

Chimney Repairs

Chimney repairs should be undertaken only by competent and confident people, using the correct access equipment. Depending on the scale of the repairs, it may be necessary to haul up mortar, bricks and even new chimney pots, and a variety of bricklaying tools may be needed. The job will be a comparatively lengthy one, including…

Brickwork

Pointing Repairs

The mortar between bricks may break away and become uneven. The visible edge is called pointing and keeps a wall both weather-resistant and attractive. If pointing is necessary, use a narrow cold chisel to chop out the old pointing to a depth of about 10 mm (2/5 in). Be careful not to damage the bricks…

Garden Walls and fences
Walls

Garden Walls and fences

These may be to enclose the garden or make divisions within it – or even to prevent landslide – as in the sloping or terraced garden. They can also be built to support climbing plants or to provide decorative interest. Of all the labours of love in a garden building your own wall is perhaps…

Building a Garage
Garages And Carports

Building a Garage

You can build your garage in brick, concrete blockwork or assemble a prefabricated structure. Concrete slab It is generally best to erect a garage on or over a concrete slab. The garage may stand directly on the slab or may be built, in the case of brick or concrete block construction, on a shallow over-floor….

Brickwork Maintenance Tips
Brickwork

Brickwork Maintenance Tips

From time to time brickwork may become dull and discoloured. This may be caused by grime and pollution, efflorescence, rust or accumulation of vegetable matter. Dirt or pollution. Bricks that are grime-laden and dull but otherwise in good condition usually require only simple treatment. Remove dirt with water and a stiff brush. If you suspect…