07 Oct Brick laying best practices
There are some DIY projects that seem to be easy enough to master, you can simply pick up the tools that you need and you are then good to go. However, there are also DIY projects that take a little more time, as well as a little more patience to get to grips with. One of these is bricklaying. However, the good news is that bricklaying isn’t impossible and there are things that you can do to make things that little bit easier for yourself. To help you to get to grips with all there is to know about bricklaying; take a look through some of our bricklaying best practices.
Always be prepared
It is vitally important that before you tackle any bricklaying that you might need to do, that you are prepared for the process. Have absolutely everything that you are going to need to hand and double-check to make sure that you are not missing anything vitally important. It is all too easy to think that you have everything that you need, only to find that you are missing a vital tool, then have to waste time (and mortar if you take too long and it dries out) whilst you go on a hunt for it.
Choose your materials carefully
The thing about bricklaying that you will soon realise, is that there are a wealth of materials out
there that you can choose from and the results that you can expect to see will really vary depending on the materials that you choose. This is particularly true when it comes to sand, cement and additives, therefore it is important that you take the time to consider your options and make sure that you find one which is going to work for you and your project.
Mix everything properly
Another thing that you are going to need to make sure that you get right is your mortar, else you
may find that it is difficult to work with and that you cannot actually lay your bricks properly. The usual ratio that you are going to want to aim for with normal house bricks is 4 parts sand to 1 part cement. However, different types of bricks are going to need a different ratio.
It might sound strange, the idea of building a practice wall, but if you are new to bricklaying then it really is worthwhile taking the time to practice before you take the plunge and start building you main wall. It is ideal to create a wall which is about two metres long and around 2/3 bricks high. You should also try and include a corner into it too as these can be hard to master. You only need to leave your wall for an hour or so and then you can dismantle it. If you are careful with the bricks and you remove all the mortar, then you can re-use them when the actual time comes. There are a few things to think about when it comes to bricklaying, but it is something that you can get to grips with. Think carefully about what you need to do and what you are going to need to have and we can assure you that in no time at all, you will have a wall that looks great and stands tall too.