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Has anyone used antique street pavers for builiding veneer? any opinions on doing this? I'm referring to the clay pavers typically found in old streets, made by companies like purington..approximately 3"x3.5"x9" and weigh approximately 10 pounds..any input would be appreciated..
 

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As long as they are not in total disrepair there's no reason you cant use them. Up here the latest craze was laying the big handmade brick and solids bedside out. Now some people are actually putting pavers up as veneer also.
 

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Mike, are you talking about thin veneer that is stuck to the framed wall with thin set, or real veneer that is 4-5 inches thick and laid up off of a brick ledge? 30 odd years of putting up stone walls that probably weighed in the neighborhood of 40 -50 lbs per square foot, and the walls are still up.
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Yes they actually make a "cultured brick" now that you apply the same as you would cultured stone. As long as there is a brick ledge there will be no weight issue though with the pavers. Post pics if you can when its done. I would like to see how it turned out.
 

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What would you guys anticipate the labor diifferential to be on a job like this..would you anticipate 10% more labor? the pavers irregular shape will requiire more time to fit properly, but there larger size should help..what do you guys think?
 

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Are you doing the work yourself or hiring someone to do it. I guess Im asking if youre a mason or builder looking for prices. And I guess it depends on how irregular they are. Probably not a whole lot of a price difference if I were to bid it.
 

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builder...so will be bidding this job out..really would love to hear from anyone who has done this already...it seems to be increasing in popularity..several homes being constructed in this fashion in my area (chicago).
 

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Rock,

Tried to post this yesterday, but "server problems" keep it off.

The Brick street pavers I remember as a kid in Philadelphia were real dense and quite impervious, so you might have some problems with the material wanting to swim around in the wall a bit. (kinda like laying up glass block ;) ) I don't think that the 10% kicker would be out of lin, since the masons won't be able to get as much footage up in a day. As for the irregular shapes, all you can do is lay it to a string line and let it all average out. We use to use antique Austin Commons for face brick, and some times they would look like camel humps and horseshoes. Finished wall always look good though.
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Yeah. I bet they wont set up nearly as fast as the more porous normal brick. Never thought of that one. :eek:

Anyway rockbrain, Im from the Green Bay area and Im curious.. what are the masons getting for normal brickwork per sq down there?
 
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