In this video, Ask This Old House mason Mark McCullough teaches Kevin O’Connor how to patch holes in a tough surface.
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Kevin O’Connor meets mason Mark McCullough to talk about how to patch holes in brick surfaces. After explaining how holes in brick might come to be, Mark shows Kevin a selection of mortar sticks and compounds. Mark explains that they’ll use these materials to match the color of the existing brick and fill the holes. Mark shows Kevin how to mix both the compound and the mortar, explaining how to achieve the right consistency for the job. With an eye for neatness, Mark shows Kevin a secret for filling the hole entirely and then finishing it off for barely noticeable repair.
Estimated Time: 1 hour plus drying time
Cost: Under $20
Skill Level: Easy to moderate
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Steps for patching holes in brick
1. Find a mortar mix or compound that matches the existing brick as closely as possible (an exact match isn’t likely)
2. Using water sparingly, mix the compound or mortar mix to a thick putty-like consistency. It’s better to add small amounts of water a little at a time than trying adding material to a wet mix.
3. With a bit of the compound on a trowel, use a hex key or something similar to pack small amounts of the compound into the hole until the hole is filled to be slightly proud of the brick surface.
4. Use a trowel to flatten the compound against the brick. Press down and use a small circular motion—don’t drag the trowel across.
5. Using a damp sponge, press the sponge against the patched hole and then lift it straight off the brick to mimic the rough surface of the brick.
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