Building a brick wall, Flemish Bond
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When you lay bricks for the first time it's a good idea to practise first with a soft mixture of sand and water which can act as mortar, or alternatively you can build a wall dry. Also don't forget you'll need a foundation strip for your wall before you actually start to build it.
A DIAGRAM THAT EXPLAINS THE TECHNIQUE AND STYLE
- Fasten string lines on pegs and stretch the string line across the foundation strip.
- Dry-lay the brick to give you an idea of how the brick wall will look.
- Start by laying the first corner brick from the left side. Lay the shorter end of the brick (header) facing you.
- Next, lay two stretcher-bonded bricks (long side of the bricks) side by side, facing you.
- Lay another header brick. Don’t forget to leave a 1 cm (3/8 in) gap between each brick.
- Finish dry-laying the first course of bricks, alternating the header and stretcher.
- When you are sure of this first course, re-lay the bricks.
- This time, fill in the gaps between the bricks with 1 cm (3/8 in) mortar joints.
- Check if the course is level with a spirit level.
- For the second course of brickwork, lay the brickwork at the header end if your first course was a stretcher course, and vice versa.
- To complete the wall, alternate the headers and stretchers in every course.