Whether you want to build a small wall at the end of your patio or a six-foot wall, there are a few basics to learn before laying your first brick. By following this guide you’ll save yourself money and end up with a wall that looks great.The art of laying bricks is a good skill to learn if you want to take your D.I.Y. to the next level. This video from Bunnings Warehouse will show you what’s involved in building a brick wall.
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When you are happy with your ‘practice’ wall, you can start your DIY project with more confidence and know-how.A mason’s line acts as a guide for setting bricks in perfectly straight rows. It’s made of two mason blocks with slots to hold a mason line.
Affix the blocks to either end of the row of bricks, with the line pulled tight. The top of each brick in the row should just touch the top of the line.Most walls require smaller bricks at their ends. Before cutting a brick, place it in a bed of sand or dirt to absorb the shock of the blow.
Place the sharp end of a brick chisel at the line where you want to cut. Use a hammer to tap the end of the chisel, scoring lines on all four sides where the brick must be cut.After scoring the lines, hold the chisel on one of them, slightly angled toward the side of the brick that will be kept and used on the wall. With your other hand, strike the handle of the chisel with a hammer. The blow should break the brick cleanly in two.