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rick veneer is essentially a brick wall built around the exterior walls of a house. It’s attached to the house with metal wall ties and supported by a metal shelf hanger on the foundation. It’s best to use queen­sized bricks for veneer projects because they’re thinner than standard construction bricks. This means less weight for the house walls to support. Even so, brick veneer is quite heavy. Ask your local building inspector about building code rules that apply to your project. In the project shown here, brick veneer is installed over the foundation walls and side walls, up to the bottom of the windowsills on the first floor of the house. The siding materials in these areas are removed before installing the brick.

Construct a stoiy pole before you start laying the brick so you can check your work as you go along to be sure your mortar joints are of a consistent thickness. A standard three-eighths-inch gap is used in the project shown here.

Tools & Materials ►

Pencil Hammer Circular saw Combination square Level Drill with masonry bit Socket wTench set Staple gun Mason’s 1 rowel Masonry hoe Mortar box Mason’s chisel Maul


2  x 4s % x 4" lag screw’s and w’ashers lOd Nails

Mason’s string Silicone caulk 2×2

Lead sleeve anchors Angle iron for metal shelf supports 30-mil PVC roll flashing Corrugated metal w’all ties Brickmold for sill extensions Sill-nosing trim Type N mortar Bricks

3/s”-dia. cotton rope Work gloves and eye protection

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Anatomy of a brick veneer facade: Queen-sized bricks are stacked onto a metal or concrete shelf and connected to the foundation and walls with metal ties. Rowlock bricks are cut to follow the slope of the windowsills, and then laid on edge over the top course of bricks.

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