Extraordinary care is necessary during the construction of brick masonry. Masonry is generally a highly durable form of construction. The tips for brick masonry with quality construction are discussed in this article.
Following are the tips for the construction of brick masonry buildings or structures:
- Good brick masonry should exploit bricks that are sound, hard, well burnt, and tough with uniform color shape and size.
- The bricks should be compact, homogeneous, free from holes, cracks, flaws, air bubbles and stone lumps. These bricks should be correctly soaked in water for at least two hours before use.
- In the brick work, the bricks should be laid on their beds with the frogs pointing upwards.
- The brick courses should be laid accurately horizontal and should have accurately horizontal and should have accurately vertical joints.
- As far as possible the use of brick-bats should be discouraged.
- As far a possible the brick walls should be raised consistently with proper bond. Usually the height of brick masonry construction in a day should be less than 1.5m. The highest difference in rise of the wall between the diverse portions should not be more than one meter.
- When the mortar is green, the face joints should be raked to a depth of 12 to 19mm in order to have a correct key for plastering or pointing. The mortar joints should be stuck flush and finished if no plastering or pointing is to be done.
- In order to make certain continuous bond between the old and the new, the walls should be stopped with a toothed end.
- Finished brickwork in lime mortar should be cured for a period of 2 to 3 weeks. This period can be lessened to 1 to 2 weeks in case of brickwork with cement mortar.
- In order to carry out the brickwork at higher level, single scaffolding is used.