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amakarevic 11-29-2010 11:10 AM

bricklaying cookbook
i need to rebuild a small brick wall, maybe 80 sq ft max, 2 bricks thick. i have most of the old, recycled bricks and then will buy some to replace the ones i couldn't recycle.

most of the masonry work i have done consisted of pouring concrete and then some tuckpointing of mortar into an old brick wall. never really laid bricks.

anything i should know? considering that most of the bricks i am using are recycled, should i go with a custom mortar mix (like i did for tuckpointing because the bricks were old and the mortar was not supposed to expand) or can i just go with premixed bags? anything else, any tricks?

Tscarborough 11-29-2010 01:11 PM

Regular old mortar is fine. Keep it clean and clean it up soon if you don't. It may be easier for you to not bother with the headjoints, just come back later and use a grout bag to fill them in. Headjoints are always the hardest.

amakarevic 11-29-2010 03:37 PM

thanks. what's a headjoint ?

Tscarborough 11-29-2010 04:12 PM

The vertical joints. The bed joints are the horizontal ones. If you try and butter the brick for the head joints, it is hard for a beginner to maintain consistent joint size, as well as level and plumb the brick.

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