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Centerline Construction Chat 10: Laying Brick Series

Categories: Building a Home, Centerline Construction Chat, Construction Process, Mortar | Posted: October 13, 2011

Watch the video below to learn about the Brick Laying process. Jeff explains the type of brick used on this home, the type of mortar that hold the brick in place, the size of the brick and more. Under the video, you can find a text description of what is said in the video.

Brick Series: Masons line – How they lay the brick

How to Lay the Brick: Tight cotton string is used at the end-blocks to put on the corner boards in order to lay the brick, then you move them up for each course of brick.

Type of mortar: N type – the type is based on the strength of the cement in the mortar mix. N type is used for veneer or steps. If you’re laying a foundation, usually an S type is used. The N type is used because it’s easier to clean and you’re not required to have the strength you would for a structure, like in a foundation.

Tools: Masons Trial and Masons Hammer. The Hammer is used to break the brick, the Trial is used to clean mortar and take it from the pan and lay it on the brick, and to set the brick in it.

Type of Brick: Oyster Bay Brick, in this case, which is a white sand finished brick. The mortar on these bricks is made using a type of sand. The way it is made is by mixing the sand with water in a machine. It comes out in a thick mud material that bonds the brick together.

Brick Size: This brick is Oversized, (Modular is smaller) which is fatter and longer than Modular.
Since it’s an Oversized brick, three stacked high is taller than one on end; if it was Modular Brick, three stacked high would be the same height as one on end.

Oversized Brick are more difficult to lay but they stand out more and look nicer on Homes. Modular Brick are mostly used in commercial construction.

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