Brick Step Footings

by Mike
(Columbia SC)
(Can you use type s mortar for a footer for brick steps 4 steps high?)

Mortar Footings at the steps would only insure a crack in the wall.

Mortar Footings at the steps would only insure a crack in the wall.

Editor:

It is not recommended. It is already a weak point. If the concrete footing actually stops at the step then it could develop a crack in the wall. Mortar decomposes very quickly in the ground because it is not structurally designed to be more than 5/8 inches thick. It has very small aggregates and will crack up.

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