brick. Friday , December 22nd , 2017 - 07:29:35 AM
The ability to withstand heat can vary with the makeup of the brick. The most effective bricks will have a very high alumina content that has the ability to accept a temperature range up to 1500° Fahrenheit. However, not all applications need the highest amount of alumina content. Bricks with 80% or more alumina are quite expensive, so buying the bricks that only meet the needs of a specific heat range is the most practical option. For instance, the bricks with 50% alumina still have the ability to accept a temperature range of 750° to 900° Fahrenheit. Also, the lowest concentration of alumina is certain to mean the bricks are a lot more affordable.
Once you have picked out your project you need to figure out how many brick your are going to need. There are two different standard brick types which are used for most jobs, there are many more but the most common are modular brick and over sized or jumbo brick. To figure how many you need measure your wall length and height. After you have determined your dimensions if you are using modular take your square foot times seven and this will give you how many brick you need. If you are using jumbos then take your square foot times five and one half. So if your wall is 100 sq ft you would need 700 modular brick and if using Jumbos you would need 550 brick. Also figure about a 5% scrap rate also on top of your count for cut bricks that you will need.
Seal your bricks! - There is nothing more valuable to your used brick building than a saturation application of high quality masonry sealer. I cannot be more enthusiastic about the protection of used bricks with sealer. Most used brick are probably over 100 years old at this point and need protection.
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