How to Install Brick Ties

Brick ties hold a brick veneer against a home's exterior and prevents the brick veneer from peeling away from the home during severe wind storms. A brick tie transfers the wind's force from the brick veneer to the exterior wall. Randomly installing brick ties on the wall prior to laying the brick will not meet local or national building codes. Each brick tie must mount to the wall so its horizontal bend fits in the mortar joint at a 90-degree angle to the wall.

Always install brick ties prior to laying the brick veneer.
  1. Layout the brick ties. Measure up from the brick's starter coarse 16 inches with a tape measure and place a pencil mark. Continue to place a pencil mark every 16 inches up the wall stud and make the top pencil mark within 12 inches of the top of the brick veneer. Repeat this on each wall stud.

  2. Hold a brick tie against the exterior wall with its nail hole on a pencil mark. Position the brick tie's tag end facing up.

  3. Drive an 8d 2-inch long ring-shank nail through the brick tie's nail hole and into the exterior wall with a hammer. Ring-shank nails will not pull from the exterior wall during high-wind storms. Repeat this for each pencil mark.

  4. Bend each brick tie above the nail at a 90 degree angle once the mason sets the corresponding brick coarse. Keep the bend within 5/8 inch of the top of the nail. The brick tie should lay flat in the brick's mortar joint. Usually masons bend the brick ties as they work up the wall.

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