Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bricklayer's profiles

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and this post, Bricklayers' profile
Here are some bricklayer profile; these devises are very useful to the bricklayer as they save a lot of time and they are very accurate, you could also make your own as I have done myself sometimes, if you cannot buy a good profile, check the text for the description how to make some profiles.

Bricklayer's profiles

Dear readers, this post is the continuation of our post, Brick base continues; therefore you may have to read that post again, if you don’t remember what we said, but let me continue. Now that all the corners have been started, the bricklayers may choose to use bricklayers’ profiles, since this method is a bit quicker and also accurate, and then as we all know time is money so anything that can be done fast is an advantage. You see by using the profiles, it almost eliminate the slow process of building the corners by using the spirit level many times, it also helps to keep the gauge easily, since the gauge would be marked on the profile. I have always had a profile with me when I was laying bricks. Some of these profiles can be bought, but if there are not readily available on the market, and there is a lot of brickwork that needs to be done, by using your own creativeness or imagination you can make one yourself, all that is needed is a straight edge marked with the gauge that you can fasten to the walls.
There are at least two types of profile that the bricklayers can use to help speed up his work, the main one is used for external corners. This external corner profile needs to be supported both ways to be effective, so if you haven’t got one and you cannot buy one, you need to configure a device that can be tighten both ways, when you are making your own profile. You have to plan it in such a way that you can grab a brick from the joint on one side and two bricks on the other side, so that a sort of triangle is made and balance can be kept.
The internal corner profile can be a lot easier to make, and here I wonder why people don’t seem to use it much since it is very easy to make, or is it perhaps that I have found a way how to make and use an internal corner profile; I am saying this because sometimes I see people to leave a brick out and use a clamp to fix it to the wall, but really they don’t need to do that, as I am going to describe to you a very easy way.
You see, all what is needed here is a straight edge with a hole or a few holes drilled in it and a special made up bolt or two that are thinner than the brick’s joint; these special bolts need to be modified and instead of their normal bolt head they should have a short cross say 30 to 40 mm welded at one end, and at the other end treaded with a butterfly nut. All the bricklayer needs to do now is to leave a hole in the bed joint near the corner, or clear the joint with a plugging chisel, then he puts one of his bolts in the hole of his straight edge; now he can push the bolt in the joint until the modified bolt T head reaches the other side of the brick, then he turns the bolt 90 degrees, so that the modified bolt head is now vertical, and then he can tighten the bolt with his butterfly nut and at the same time make sure that the profile is plumb and he can use this profile instead of building the corner with his spirit level.
Perhaps the only thing that needs to be added to this special modified bolt is a way to tell how the T head at the other side is standing, vertical or horizontal etc. If that is done then you have a very cheap and easy brick profile that you can use. I wonder if I need to say here that to remove the profile you loosed the butterfly nut and turn the bolt around until the T head is horizontal and can be pulled out of the brick joint easily.

To complete brick base

What else needs to be done to complete the brick base?

Let us now assume that because the ground is sloping the base of this house has been divided in such a way that the lower end can be used for garage laundry and utility room, in order to achieve that they have dug up the ground level about half way the length of the house, and then dug a foundation to support a retaining wall and also pillars to support the house above, the rest of ground under the house will be left the way it is for the time being, as it would become too costly to dig it out.
Anyhow let us try to complete this brick base, as we have said above the lower side is now about a certain height perhaps the windows openings should be started. The windows are going to be tied to the brickwork, so they need to be put in the right place and braced while the walls are being built. The bricklayers need to be careful that the windows remain plumb and in the right place while he attaches the window ties to the window and builds the tie into the brickwork. Here I may have to point out that placing the windows on the walls at the right height and at the right place, it’s one of those jobs that in this part of the world there is no rule who has to do it, say if the bricklayer is paid a fixed price for the amount of bricks he has laid, when he is placing and fixing the window on the wall he might not be paid, therefore, nobody seems willing to do it as there is no set rule and usually not much money for doing it, therefore everybody would like to pass the buck to the builder or other trade people if possible.
Having said that, now let us assume that everything has been done according to trading practice and the windows have been built into the brickwork accordingly. But here I would like to point out that we have not talked about the lower part of the brick base that is being built on the higher part of the land, so, what needs to be done there?
The lower part of the brick base is built together with the rest of the base, but because it is lower it might be just one single brick thick with engaged piers under the house. These engaged piers may have a double purpose, one is just to strengthen the walls and second they may be used to carry the weight of the house if this part of the house is going to be a brick veneer. In this part of the house because there are no windows the bricklayer needs to leave some air vents, so that a minimum of ventilation is achieved. All this is going to be done according to specifications, as there must be some local rules and they may not be the same everywhere.
What we have written in this post is approximately what happens when we bricklayers build a brick base on a sopping peace of ground, so I hope that I have not left behind any important description that would have helped the readers. And at the same time I hope that these descriptions may help somebody that is looking for something like this to give him just that extra knowledge to start his own bricklaying, whether it is just a simple bricklaying job or a brick base it does not matter, as long as we have been able to help you with our bricklaying description, we would feel that it has been worth the time we spent in writing it.
Now that we have built our imaginary house brick base, we believe that we have said enough in this article. So, see you soon with another post about brickwork, perhaps we will be talking about a brick veneer on the house base that we have just built.

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