29 Jan Prepare To Build A Brick Wall
Building with bricks comes with many benefits, and if you build right, you can expect your project to last decades. Building a brick wall is a kind of project that looks simple, but requires dedicated preparation to get it right. (Not to mention the necessary tools and materials needed to complete the project)
This guide has been constructed to guide you through the step-by-step approach for preparing to build a brick wall, as well as including all necessary tools and materials needed for this project.
What You’ll Need
- Spirit Level
- The right number of bricks
- Dry bristle brush
Step 1: Working Out The Right Number of Bricks
Calculate how many bricks the project will require. To do this, you will need to take note of the type of brick you are planning on ordering as well as the +/- 10mm of mortar in between each brick.
Measure the area you will be using for your brick wall and jot down the measurement.
Divide the required area’s length by the length of your brick.
Step 2: Order The Bricks
If you need to order certain brick colours, get in contact with us so that we can help you choose the right brick for your wall.
It’s important to order at least 10% more bricks than you estimate in case something goes wrong along with the project. If you want to order more, you will have to pay more.
Step 3: Preparing The Foundation
Preparing the foundation of any structural project is one of the most critical steps to nail. The foundation for the wall will be what supports the wall.
The size of the trench is dependent on the width and height of the wall itself. For walls that are one meter in height, you will want to build a trench that is half a meter deep.
Use wooden stakes as anchor points in the trench, placed 2 to 4 feet apart, ensuring they are all level with each other and the top of the ground. You can use your spirit level here to make sure. Your first row of bricks should sit perfectly within these boundaries, so ensure you don’t dig too deep and not too shallow.
Once your steaks are in and the trench is ready, fill the foundation trench with concrete. Fill to the top of the stakes and let it dry for 3 days.