Refacing Concrete Steps With Brick
A level may be a mason's best friend, but to cover up an unsightly set of concrete steps, an experienced eye takes over.
Synopsis: The author and his partner are asked to cover a set of concrete steps and a pair of wood posts with brick. This article explains the process, including how they overcame problems such as finding risers of uneven height. Two short companion articles detail the brick herringbone pattern they used and the process of turning wood posts into brick columns.
Some masons guard their levels more closely than their wallets. No one, not even their apprentices, is allowed to touch them. Because so much depends on a level, it must be kept pristine and true. A mason’s level should be used only to check alignment of materials and never used to force those materials into place.
However, there are times when this tool must be set aside, even when setting brick. Because of their uniform shape, you’d think that bricks should always be set level and plumb.…