Bricks are used in a variety of outdoor and indoor home improvement and renovation projects, and learning how to lay bricks is an important skill for any DIY enthusiast. Brick is a great material for many different reasons. It is highly durable, so it requires little to no maintenance, and it retains its color and shape for decades (or longer!) It is also very weather resistant. Most types of brick are fire proof, and they also hold up well against wind and water.
So what will you need to lay bricks?
To lay bricks for any project, you will need mortar to hold them together, as well as a trowel to apply the mortar with. Some projects will also require additional materials, such as concrete to create a base with. You’ll also need to ensure that you have the correct type of brick. To build any sort of wall or other structure, you’ll need traditional bricks, not pavers. You may also need firebricks, depending on the project you are working on. This is where speaking to one of our experienced staff in our showroom can prove extremely valuable. We know exactly what you need to get the job done right the first time.
How to lay bricks:
Before you start to lay your bricks, you will need to plan out the shape of your wall or structure. You’ll need to use a mason’s line to make sure that your wall is straight, and then use chalk or another marker to create a visual representation of where the bricks should go. From there, you will start building the foundation for your project. This can vary depending on the size and type of brick laying project you are completing. You may need to pour a cement base, or dig a trench for your bricks.
To start laying your bricks, place a later of mortar along your base. This should be about an inch or two thick. Then, place your first brick and push down completely. Then, repeat this with all of the other bricks in the line, leaving room for a mortar joint. Once you have your first line complete, use a level to make sure it is even. If they aren’t level, tap the tops of the uneven bricks to get them to the desired position. You’ll then need to use a mason’s line and pins to level the sides. Wrap them around a brick you haven’t used yet to get the line straight, and then tap any uneven bricks into position from the side.
You can then repeat this process for as many lines of bricks as you need. Then, use the mortar to fill in the vertical joints and any other detached spaces. You can use a wire brush to get rid of any excess mortar. Then, you can add any extra finishing touches as you see fit, and you have a completed brick project.
Drop in and see us at our Arundel brick showroom on the Gold Coast to get started on your next project!