Bricks are one type of material or building material made from clay and printed using certain sizes and standards and then processed by burning. Usually, this material is used as the main material for making walls, fences and several other elements. The wall can be outdoors and indoors.
Even though it is a type of work that look simple, in reality many builders or we ourselves make walls from this material so the results are not good and can even be said to be very far from perfect. In order to make a brick wall that is good and of maximum quality, there are a number of tips that can be used as references and recommendations.
First, when you want to start using Tuckpointing, first make a picture or shop drowing the wall. From this shop drowing it can be determined or seen exactly and precisely which parts will be given holes to install doors, windows or air ventilation devices. Likewise, the size of the hole can be determined at the same time.
If you don’t know and understand good bricklaying techniques, you can do an experiment first. The trick is to use materials from pieces of wood that are exactly the same shape and size as the original bricks. The adhesive material is not cement and sand, but only lime is enough. so when it looks right, you can work on it directly. However, if an error occurs, it can be dismantled easily and experimented again until the results can be more perfect.
If you can use bricks, choose those that are of good quality and not easily damaged or brittle and break. Techniques and ways to choose good quality bricks have been reviewed on this site. Just open the article for a more complete and detailed explanation.
It’s just that you need to remember, if the wall you are making is to be given a layer of plaster and aci, you should choose a type of brick with a rougher texture. Because this type of brick can produce a stronger bond. But for exposed walls, of course it’s better to choose bricks that on the sides look smoother and denser because the appearance of the wall will also look neater and more beautiful.
Then to control the flatness and uprightness of each arrangement, you can use jagged wood, waterpass and measuring thread. This must be done with a high level of accuracy because if there is a slanted wall it can make the wall easily cracked or broken.
In addition, sloping walls can cause waste in the use of cement and sand which are used as materials for making plaster or covering layers. And more importantly, the sloping walls can reduce its strength in bearing the load. If this happens, of course it can cause very fatal consequences and endanger the occupants of the house.
The dough or mortar for making walls and laying bricks must also be considered. Because this also has a very big influence on the quality and strength. The most appropriate composition is one for cement and six for sand. Some people use a ratio of one and five or four to produce a stronger wall. But the costs that must be incurred are getting bigger because the use of cement is so much more.
Then for the work of making a layer of wall coverings or plaster, you should not have to do it immediately after the installation of bricks has been completed. It’s better to use a grace period or a break of a few days first. The goal is for the dough to lay the bricks dry and become strong. If the plastering is done faster, it can cause the wall to crack easily.