In this video, classic brickwork can last for centuries, but it will sometimes require a little bit of maintenance. When a homeowner’s lintel started to sag, they called mason Mark McCullough for help.
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Traditional brickwork is more than just a facade on the outside of the home. It’s part of the home’s structure, and this material can last for generations if taken care of. When a lintel started to sag on a brick federal-style home with historic roots, the homeowner called mason Mark McCullough to save the day. With a mix of modern and traditional material, Mark shows the homeowner what to do.
Cost: Around $150
Time: One day
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Apply mortar only to the head joints when adding back the brick.
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