bheger. brick. August 10th , 2018.
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.
The next step in the process is to get your mortar mixed and start laying brick. You need to first build your leads, you do this by laying 5 brick out in a row and be sure that they are on bond, level and straight and with about 5/8 of an inch gap between the wall and the brick. Then proceed to the next course, this time start with a half brick at the beginning and lay he brick out till you are left with a half of a brick stepped out on the course below, continue this process till you cant step up any more and then repeat the process at the opposite end of the wall over again.
Brick is one of the toughest and most rugged building products around. Just ask the big, bad wolf. When he huffed and puffed he couldnt blow the third little pigs house down because it was made of brick. But what is brick made of? Mostly a simple mixture of common materials like clay, shale, and water, which is then heated or fired. When dried, brick is extremely durable. Some brick portions of the Great Wall of China are still standing some 2300 years after it was constructed.
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