Originally Posted By: jpeck
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At this point, and I see very little brick, almost all construction down here is concrete block, about their only choice is to chip off the mortar from the bottom, install a steel angle bolted to the foundation about 3/8" or so (the thickness of the mortar joints) below the bottom of the first course of brick, drive some wedges between the brick and the steel angle to force the angle down tight, mortar that joint up except for at the wedges. After the mortar sets up, remove the wedges and point those voids up.
If the steel angle is not forced down tightly before the mortar is applied, then the steel is really not supporting the brick above. The steel angle will "catch the brick" when the brick cracks or tips, but the steel angle is not be "supporting the brick" if not done tightly.