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brick terminology

brick terminology

RE: brick terminology

It looks like a special sized brick. It appears to have about the right proportions, height to width, but it is longer than normal, about (21" minus a head joint)/2. It looks like it might have been made for chimney building and to allow the use of a 12" clay tile liner. Is there a clay tile liner? What are the actual dimensions of the bricks and what are they made of? Your photo really doesn’t show that very well, and the mortar joints tend to blend right in with the brick material.

RE: brick terminology

It is really not a special size unit, but a very common split block for veneer applications across the country.

Nominal length of 8" and a nominal thickness of 4". A guess would be 2-1/4" high since that is a common height for masonry veneers.


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RE: brick terminology

Like JAE said, concrete brick. Not split block if early 1900’s.

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