Video Extra: Moving an Opening in a Brick Wall
Mason John Carroll goes through the process of rebuilding brick veneer using basic masonry skills
While photographing mason John Carroll as he rebuilt brick veneer for the article “Taking the Fear out of Brick Veneer,” I shot some video as well. Here you can see how John reconstructed this brick opening after a carpenter had completed the rough demo and moved the window in the wall.
After “toothing out” the old brick using a masonry bit and removing the remaining mortar with a grinder, John goes through the process of laying new brick, from mixing and spreading the mortar for a course of common bond bricks, to getting rid of excess mortar, to cutting and laying the last brick in a course. Although the carpenter had taken care of the basic window flashing, John had some brick-specific details to take care of, including placing PVC through-flashing over the lintel to protect its steel from water.
I was a carpenter for 20 years before becoming an editor, and I always avoided remodeling anything with brick veneer. Having seen John on this job, I wouldn’t hesitate today.
For more on how he rebuilt the brick veneer around this window remodel, click to check out John’s article in FHB #268.