DIY Bricklaying

A master mason teaches diy bricklaying and the art of building a wall.



diy bricklaying - basic brick
The basic brick, core building unit for professional and DIY bricklaying alike.
ILLUSTRATION: JACK KEAVENY
diy bricklaying - bricklaying tools: trowels, rule, jointer, brickset, masons hammer
Essential DIY bricklaying tools: mason's rule, wide and pointing trowels, convex jointer, brickset, and mason's hammer.
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diy bricklaying - header courses, rowlock courses
Figure 6: Laying the end this way is called headers or header courses. Figure 7: Laying the end this way is called rowlocks or rowlock courses.
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diy bricklaying - stretchers courses, soldier courses
Figure 2: Laying the face this way is called stretchers or stretcher courses. Figure 3: Laying the top this way is called soldiers or soldier courses.
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diy bricklaying - shiner courses, sailor courses
Figure 4: Laying the top this way is called shinerrs or shiner courses. Figure 5: Laying the top this way is called sailors or sailor courses.
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diy bricklaying - running bond
Brick wall laid in running bond.
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diy bricklaying - anatomy of a trowel
A trowel doesn't look that complicated, but every part of it has a name.
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diy bricklaying - bricklaying tools: line blocks, mason line, trig, pin, scraper brush
Essential DIY bricklaying tools: line blocks, mason line, trig, pin, and scraper brush.
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diy bricklaying - bricklaying tools: brush, level, tool bag, standard wheelbarrow
Essential DIY bricklaying tools: all purpose brush, mason's level, tool bag, and wheelbarrow.
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diy bricklaying - non masonary wall with brick ties
Figure 10: a non-masonry backup wall, showing brick ties nailed prior to veneering
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DIY bricklaying - masonary backup wall with brick ties
Figure 9: Masonry backup wall with brick ties.
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diy bricklaying - bricklaying tools: hoe, shovels, pail, crayon, chalk, builder's pencil
Essential DIY bricklaying tools: hoe, rubber pail, long and short shovels, marking crayon, chalk line, and builder's pencil.
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diy bricklaying - gap in joint and proper joint
Figure 11: joint with a gap, and a properly filled joint.
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diy bricklaying - buttering the end of a brick
Figure 12: Buttering the end of the brick.
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diy bricklaying - bricklaying tools: brick wheelbarrow, brick tongs, mortar board, mortar pan, stands
Essential DIY bricklaying tools: brick and block wheelbarrow, brick tongs, mortar board, mortar pan, and stands.
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diy bricklaying - using the modular rule
Figure 13: Using the modular rule.
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diy bricklaying - securing the line range
Figure 15: Securing the line to a line range before laying the layout course.
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diy bricklaying - brick arrisses
Figure 16: "Arisses" on a brick — an edge where two surfaces meet.
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diy bricklaying - line blocks
Figure 14: Line Block.
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diy bricklaying - brick leads on the layout course
Figure 17: Brick leads on the layout course. Note the position of brick #1.
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