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    hojo04
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    Burton, Michigan

    I have a concern about adding a electrical outlet on the front of my house. The electrician said he can go through the bricks (small red bricks). My concern is will cutting/knocking out a hole weaken the brinks around it? Also what would you use to seal around the outlet once it’s installed so you don’t get a draft inside or have heat escape out or get bugs/insects or maybe mice coming in? I wondering if it would be better have a outlet install on the over hang instead of on the front in the brick area.

    Thanks

    #625923

    jponto07
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    Bloomington, IN

    If the hole is cut to the proper size and sales (sparky should handle all of that), you’ll be fine.

    The wall will still be structurally sound as well.

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    #625926

    hojo04
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    Burton, Michigan

    Alright. Thanks. I appreciate the input.

    #625927

    kurt@welkerhomes.com
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    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    drill without hammer operation on the drill and use expanding foam to seal behind and around the box.

    I would drill a series of small holes to outline the box then use an omt to cut between with a blade such as the Bosch OSL114CG

    #625944

    Seven-Delta-FortyOne
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    The Emerald Triangle, Northern California

    The brick is more than likely a cladding, meaning there is a standard stud wall with plywood sheathing behind it. Shouldn’t have an insect problem.

    I’d seal it with 100% silicone, personally, but that certainly is not the only suitable product.

    Delta

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    #626047

    hojo04
    Pro
    Burton, Michigan

    Thanks for the advise Kurt and seven delta.

    #626132

    It’s pretty standard to drill throw brick for power outlets . Sds-max drill bit will have no problems . You can you foam to seal the hole up . They even have big ones now to keep them away if it’s under a overhang no need for silicone .

    drill without hammer operation on the drill and use expanding foam to seal behind and around the box.

    I would drill a series of small holes to outline the box then use an omt to cut between with a blade such as the Bosch OSL114CG

    I never new that had blades like this . Seems it would be a bit slow going .

    Always willing to learn .

    #626145

    hojo04
    Pro
    Burton, Michigan

    I will have to see what the electrician will say and do. Only reason I want a outlet on the front is if I need power for something I can use a extension chord plus using for the Holidays like Halloween and Christmas.

    #628740

    I think, so you should consult with a professional concrete/brick contractors because they are the one who can give you proper advice. My neighbor was also dealing with this same situation so they had consulted ___ contractors, who had provided them with the best advice.

    #628762

    hojo04
    Pro
    Burton, Michigan

    OK. Thanks for the reply Duane.

    #628779

    RyanF
    Pro

    OK. Thanks for the reply Duane.

    😕

    #628814

    Sprokitz
    Pro
    Easton, Pa

    Put this one in at my house 30 yrs ago. 1/4″ carbide drill bit, Drill ( without hammer like Kurt said) hammer and chisel is all I used.

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    jponto07
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    Bloomington, IN

    I think, so you should consult with a professional concrete/brick contractors because they are the one who can give you proper advice. My neighbor was also dealing with this same situation so they had consulted with ___contractors, who had provided them with the best advice.

    @duanephillips, I removed the link in your post. We do not allow advertising on BTP.

    Jon P.
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    #637366

    Has anyone ever seen this before? The soil (high sulfate content) is eating the block, found no information on the internet, this is not flourecence (white scaling) this appears to be something much worse.

    #637367

    See above. Has anyone ever seen this?

    #637368

    WoodsConstruction
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    Sudbury, ON

    @hojo04 the brick is almost 100% just a cladding / face that has a standard wood framed wall behind, likely with aspinite or plywood on it, with the brick having bent brick ties nailed to the wall, then bent into the mortar joints to add strength and keep the face from separating. Nothing structural about it, and even if it were (like a block foundation wall) you wouldn’t have an issue with a hole of that size.

    @calbri13 were you trying to post a picture with your question?

    #637370

    hojo04
    Pro
    Burton, Michigan

    I got it done already. They put a external box (that is what I would call it) and it has 2 outlets.

    #637381

    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    @calbri13, try reducing the size of the picture and posting again. BTP routinely rejects images that are too big!

    Jon P.
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    #637459

    WoodsConstruction
    Pro
    Sudbury, ON

    I got it done already. They put a external box (that is what I would call it) and it has 2 outlets.

    Oh, good stuff. To be honest I didn’t look at the dates on the previous comments, my bad.

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