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Cement mortar and bindings

Cement mortar and bindings

Cement mortar The word cement is often used where we actually mean grout or mortar. Cement is a raw material which is mixed with water and other materials (e.g., sand, lime and possibly gravel). After the cement is processed it turns into masonry mortar, grout, mortar or concrete. For bricklaying or filling joints it’s not the actual cement you use, but the processed mortar product in which cement is used. This article also describes how to make mortar, and then how to waterproof the…

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Making brick joints in your wall – 5 steps guide

Making brick joints in your wall – 5 steps guide

Brick joints- Step 1 Never start with adding brick joints too early. This is in fact the cause of the whitening of walls. After two weeks the mortar has hardened and the joints can be attached. First the wall and joints should be properly cleaned. So any grout residue must be removed and the wall can further be cleaned with water and a brush. This ensures water tight as well as a good adhesion of the joints. Brick joints – Step 2…

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10 steps how to build a brick wall

10 steps how to build a brick wall

Before we start building our wall in 10 quick steps, make sure you’ve got a sturdy foundation like an existing concrete floor or foundation and all the necessary building tools. Building – Step 1 First we measure the dimensions of the work we’re going to be building. Measure the length and width of the shed that you’ve build. Turn this off with a chalk line, chalk or with a carpenter’s pencil along a straightedge. Building – Step 2 At the corners we will…

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Top 10 reasons why to become a Bricklayer

Top 10 reasons why to become a Bricklayer

Top 10 reasons why to become a Bricklayer There are many reasons why you should think about a career in the bricklaying industry. Take a look at the top 5 reasons why you should become a bricklayer: Reason 1: Working outdoors! Forget about being trapped in an office and being stuck with people getting sick and spreading it around the office floor. As a bricklayer you can work outside and join the scenery of different locations every time you start…

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Bricklaying tutorial – Building your first wall

Bricklaying tutorial – Building your first wall

This tutorial will help you building your first wall and understand the basic principals of bricklaying. Make sure you have all the necessary tools at your work site, as described on this page. First of all place some mortar on your spot board. Then take your trowel and roll the mortar onto the trowel. This makes it easier to spread the mortar on your wall. Once your mortar is on the wall. You need to ‘key’ your bed joint by using…

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