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Different size bricks for filling soil pipe holes

Postby L33LAD » Tue May 24, 2022 6:59 pm

Hi all…new to this forum
Lover of diy, will have a crack at anything, within reason, if not, I call in the big guns.
Anyhoo, I have an issue…I am replacing bricks in place of old soil pipes, bath, sink & shower drainers & overflows.
The bricks I bought, are the standard 215mm in length, however, the existing bricks are about 230mm in length, or an imperial size. I have tried to get hold of the same size, but no joy, especially with the same colour or texture. Anyway, my question is…How would you fit the bricks that I bought (215) Would you lay them with huge mortar joints, or maybe split some bricks & have the odd “header” brick bond.
I thought about going with the latter, as I am concerned with mortar shrinkage?!
Any help would be appreciated
Thanks
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Postby stoneyboy » Wed May 25, 2022 9:28 pm

Hi l33lad,
If you try and patch a wall based on imperial bricks with metric bricks it will always look awful. Suggest you try reclaim yards and see if they can help with the right size and colour. Alternatively if you can find a smaller brick making company they may be prepared to make you some matching specials.
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