Adding brick posts creates an estate-like feel to even the most traditional homes. Brick structures require little maintenance while increasing property value. Build brick posts around existing wooden porch posts to add an architectural appearance or construct a post at the end of the driveway to create a dramatic entryway. Create aesthetically pleasing structures by fabricating your next post project with bricks.
Things You'll Need
- Concrete (optional)
- Mason's trowel
- Mortar jointer
- Whisk broom
- Post cap
Calculate the number of bricks needed to build the post. Bricks come in various sizes but the standard brick size is 4 x 2-3/8 x 8 inches. It is recommended to save time and labor by choosing a final project dimension that does not require cutting bricks.
Excavate and prepare the ground for a brick post by removing grass, topsoil and rocks. Use a level to verify the excavated ground is even in both directions.
Mix the mortar, following the manufacturer's directions.
Construct the first structural layer. Bricks need to be laid end to end around the excavated ground until the width of the structure has been reached. Mortar the joining edges of the bricks with a mason's trowel.
Verify the base is level in all directions of the structure base. Unlevel bricks can be corrected by building them up with a layer of mortar.
Fill the inside of the base with mortar or concrete. This provides stability to the structure.
Build the next level of the post structure, mortaring the layers together. Add a layer of mortar between each joining end of the bricks. The second layer is laid opposite of the first layer. If the end of the first lay brick is visible, the side of the second layer brick will be visible.
Verify the layers are level horizontally and vertically. Make adjustments as required.
Fill the inside of the base with mortar or concrete.
Repeat steps 7 through 9.
Stop every four or five layers and touch up the mortar joints with a round mortar jointer. Clean up excess mortar from the bricks using a whisk broom.
Finish the brick post by adding a post cap and additional hardware. Post caps are attached to the top of the post for a finished appearance. Multiple sizes are available or they can be custom made. Contact the post cap manufacturer for assembly and attachment instructions.
Tips & Warnings
- Wet the bricks with water prior to applying mortar. This will keep the bricks from drying the mortar prematurely.
- Keep the mortar moist throughout the process. Mix small batches at time.
- Add lights to the post by running wire through a piece of conduit inside the post structure.
- Alternative to filling each layer with concrete: insert a wooden post(s) in the ground and build the brick structure around the wooden post.
- Don't attempt to fill the structure with concrete after the post is built. This will cause too much pressure and could possibly collapse the completed structure.
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