Brickwork Tips & Tricks

Important Construction Details about Brick Walls

  • The slab area on which the wall is built should be chipped, (if smooth) cleaned and wetted before the work begins. A layer of cement grout is then applied on the slab area as well as on the sides of columns, which would be bound by the wall to ensure a sound bonding with the brickwork.
  • The first course, which generally is a stretcher course, is laid on a 15 mm   thick layer of mortar applied over the grout layer and two bricks are placed in the corner point’s wall. Both cross-joints and bed joints should generally have a thickness of about 10mm, which is ensured inserting fingers between the bricks for bed joints.
  • The verticality of the wall is checked with the plumb bob and generally two bricks of a particular side are checked for the verticality and the balance is adjusted according to that. In a stretcher course the two bricks are laid with setting the outer edges at the exact spacing and leveling both sides. A header course is leveled only at one side of the wall
  • With the aid of two strings drawn temporarily in such a way, the plane of strings is horizontal the top level and line of a brick of a particular course can be given.
  • The work can proceeded raising the corners in a step manner up to about 5 / and filling the balance after that. Otherwise, the whole wall can be raised as one particular unit.
  • The soaking of bricks is very important otherwise the water in the mortar is absorbed by the bricks.
  • The width of the brick wall should be maintained by measuring its width by using measuring tape.
  • All corners (right angles) should be checked by using masons square for each course.
  • Brick walls should not be constructed to a height over1.5m within a day.
  • Tooth should be provided always for succeeding constructions according to the drawings.

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