Replace Broken Bricks In A Wall That Surrounds A Raised Flowerbed
If there are a few broken bricks in the wall that surrounds a raised flowerbed on your home's property, remove them and dried mortar with the following steps. Afterwards, clean the gaps in the wall and install new bricks to improve the appearance of the wall and keep the structure stabilized.
- pry bar
- wire brush
- putty knife
- water hose
- scrub brush
- mortar mix
- mixing stick
Remove The Damaged Bricks And Clean The Gaps
Use a pry bar to loosen the sides of each damaged brick. Remove the pieces by hand. If there are any pieces that are still stuck inside of the wall, place the tip of a chisel directly on them and tap the back of the tool firmly with a hammer several times. This will break up the pieces so that they can easily be removed. Moisten the inside of each spot that is missing a brick with water and scrape away dried mortar mix with a wire brush or putty knife. Press down firmly on the back of either tool as you scrape away the hardened pieces.
Clean the gaps in the wall with soapy water and a scrub brush. Rinse the clean areas with a water hose when finished and wait for each section to dry.
Install A New Brick In Each Gap
Prepare mortar mix according to the instructions that came with the package that you purchased. Add the appropriate amount of mix and water to an empty bucket and stir the contents until they are well-blended and there are no visible lumps in it. Apply an even coat of mortar mix to a trowel. Add the mixture to each side of one of the replacement bricks that will be adjoined to another surface in the wall.
Insert the brick in one of the gaps and press firmly against the front of it for a few minutes until it adheres. Apply mortar mix to the sides of each remaining brick and insert them into the wall. The mortar mix will require plenty of time to dry thoroughly. During this time, refrain from touching the wall or placing anything on top of it. The wall will continue to add beauty to your property as long as you keep it well-maintained. Rinse debris from its surface occasionally with a hose and remove any staining from the bricks with soapy water and a scrub brush.
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