To plaster a brick wall, wash the wall, replace damaged mortar, mix plaster, and apply it to the wall. The supplies you need for this one-day project are gloves, water, salt, soap, a scrub brush, a putty knife, masonry caulk, a caulk gun, scissors, drop cloths, plaster, buckets, a ladder and a trowel.
In a bucket, make a paste of dish soap and salt. Add a little water, and mix the solution until it is the same consistency as cream. Apply the mixture to the wall, wait 10 minutes, and work it into the brick with a scrub brush. Rinse the wall thoroughly.
Inspect the wall for chipped and rough mortar. Remove the imperfections with a putty knife, and fill them in with masonry caulk. Put on rubber gloves, then dip one finger in water, and run it over the fresh caulk until the surface is smooth. Let the caulk dry according to the manufacturer's recommendations.
Read the instructions on the plaster tub, and open it. Mix the plaster with water, and put some of it into a small bucket.
Cover the ground with drop cloths. Set a ladder at one end of the wall, and climb it. Bring a trowel and the small plaster bucket with you. Apply a thin layer of plaster, starting at the top of the wall and working down in parallel lines. Move the trowel in upward diagonal strokes. Let the plaster cure for 30 minutes, refill the small plaster bucket, and apply a second coat. Give the plaster six weeks to harden.
There are five ways to remove paint from a brick wall: sandblasting, a heat gun, a peel away gel/paste, a regular paint stripper or environmentally friendly strippers like Soy Gel or Citristrip. Brick walls that have been painted before 1970 may contain lead, so it is best to use a method that allows for containment of the paint as it is removed from the brick.Full Answer >
Bricks vary in weight depending on their material, manufacturing process and size. At Nash Brick, a solid modular brick that is 7 5/8 inches long, 3 1/2 inches wide and 2 1/4 inches high weighs 4.3 pounds. A Watsontown brick with identical dimensions weighs 4.9 pounds.Full Answer >
The ratio to mix mortar is historically accepted as 1:3 of sand and cement. Mortar is a mixture of cement used in the building trade to hold bricks together.Full Answer >
To install glass blocks, make a frame for the blocks out of 1-by-6-inch lumber, mix glass-block mortar, spread the mortar on the bottom and sides of blocks, and install a layer of blocks from one corner of the frame to the other. Add more mortar, a metal retaining strip and additional layers of blocks.Full Answer >