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  •  With old brick buildings you often see stucco. (4+ / 0-)
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    Old bricks are porous and need to be maintained with lime putty mortar.  They can't be painted but must be colorwashed with lime and pigment.  In short, they're a pain.  

    And before restoration experts got the upper hand, the contracting and maintenance world was filled with guys who thought "the more portland cement, the better."  They destroyed a lot of old brick buildings.  Stucco is actually a better alternative, because it coats and waterproofs the structure.  As long as the basement doesn't draw moisture, the maintenance problems should be lessened.

    "I speak the truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare, and I dare a little the more, as I grow older." --Montaigne

    by DrLori on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 10:51:10 AM PST

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    •  Too bad (4+ / 0-)
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      The look of the brick is so nice, but if you can't maintain it...

      Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 03:04:23 PM PST

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