2 March, 2014

Brick Laying

I will be laying bricks tomorrow. . Any tips Wow. . The fire clay aspect is a little much for me. I was going to try and build a fire pit in my back yard. I have 128 Burgundy Mod Bricks I have 80 fire bricks 2 80lb bags of N type mortar And I had One Gallon/10lbs of Fire Clay. . . But I fudged it up THIS IS THE FIRST THING I HAVE RAN INTO THAT I CANNOT DO. THAT ANGERS ME TO A DEGREE YOU DONT UNDERSTAND. I AM GOING TO HIRE SOMEBODY. . Luckily I have a friend who does it for a living with his dad. Thank you guys for all your help. . MAN I AM MAD. . NEVER HAVE I BEEN DEFEATED. I was so pleased to find this — YIKES.. What kind of bricks? Where? For what purpose? An outside wall is an entirely different proposition than a retaining wall than brick veneer on a house than a structural brick wall. Critical items: A) Mortar: The mortar mix must cure at approximately the same density as the brick. To rich (hard) and it will cause the brick to spall over time. To lean (soft) and it will be pushed out of the joints over time. As there are dozens of types of brick of various densities, this is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. B) Joint type: Each has a purpose and advantage depending on exposure, aesthetics, brick-type and so forth. A wire-cut brick with round voids will require/allow (slightly) different options than a conventional face-brick due to moisture absorption. C) Footing(s): Brick is heavy and requires an absolutely firm footing. And a brick wall is only sound in compression – so any differential movement across the footing will cause the wall to fail in short order. D) Internal reinforcement: Brick-mesh must be laid in the joints all so often to add horizontal integrity to the wall. And sometimes pins (re bar) are added to the brick voids to add vertical stabilization. If you are going much above six courses you will need something. E) Brick Ties: If this is brick veneer, how the brick ties are set is important – and what they are made of is equally important. Stainless steel will last indefinitely, galvanized steel perhaps 40-50 years. Some links below. This is not a run-and-gun technology, some skill and great care is required or you _will_ be disappointed with the results.

Mike Amor covers on one of the most unusual competitions – the World Bricklaying Championships (from mikeamor. Com)


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2 Comments

  1. Tiger Baghwan February 25, 2014 at 5:47 am #
    Start out with a level surface and make sure each course is level as you go.
  2. Daytona Durham February 25, 2014 at 1:51 pm #
    The link below may help you out or just do a google search ok.