Hi guys. I'm not 100% sure this is in the right group, but here goes.
I am remodeling my house (before getting married this fall) and want to
install brick around my fireplace and install gas logs. I got a quote
from a local mason and he wants $500 to brick the fireplace (I already
have the bricks, and it's a rather small fireplace I might add). Does
this sound like a fair price (I live in the southeast), but more
importantly. How difficult is it to lay (or install... I dont know the
terminology) brick. I'm a DIY guy, and would love to give it a try,
but I don't want to bite off more than I can handle. Any input would
The price sounds reasonable.
I would not try DIY if it is inside and something people will see often
and up close. I did a few brick columns for my fence a few years ago.
Those are outside and aren't subject to close-up scrutiny (good thing!).
Actually each one got better but it was embarrassing that I was taking
over a day to make three little posts (about one cube of bricks total)
and across the street some "real" masons were laying a whole wall of a
house in less time!
P.S. Are you remodeling before you get married to make for a better
place for your spouse, or because you may not be in control after
Price sound fair.
As for DIY, it is not so much difficult, but a skill that can take time to
muster. Just like a Rembrandt painting is just a collection of brush
strokes that anyone can do. I know "how" to lay brick, but getting the
hands to do what the brains knows to be done does not always work. When you
look at a multi-story brick building that is perfectly plumb and level, you
have to admire the skill involved.
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