The Basic of Bricks and Masonry


If you don’t like bricks, you don’t have to be afraid of them any longer. As long as you are armed with the knowledge and have the right tools, you can complete any project that has bricks involved.

There are all kinds of bricks. There are: clay bricks, silica bricks, ceramic bricks and sand mixed with water bricks. Any uses with these types can be effective.

Why should you use brick? There are several benefits including:

– House insulation;

– Able to withstand weather of all types; and

– Can withstand the heat and cold.

As long as it’s a solid brick job, it can withstand most whatever Mother Nature blows its way.

Bricks also have a vast variety. There are numerous color, shapes and sizes. Four forms of brick include: face brick, building brick, paver and antique brick.

Face brick – This is a solid brick that comes in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors.

Building brick – This is often used in construction. These will typically have two holes that will alleviate some of the weight. They also cost a bit less than other bricks.

Paver – These are typically used for sidewalks, patios and edging.

Antique Brick – Should you desire an olden look, antique bricks do the trick.  There are all kinds of grades for these bricks. There is Grade SW (Severe Weathering). This can handle severe temperature changes. Grade MW (Moderate Weathering) can handle any frost to freeze changes. However, there is NW (No Weathering). These should never be used outdoors.

How do you lay bricks down? It’s not difficult to do. You just need the correct tools, some information and time. Patience is key when you are laying brick. You’ll also need to practice if you haven’t done this type of thing before. Make sure if you have the desire to alter the look of the brick, you have a chisel and hammer nearby.

Keep these guidelines in mind when you are doing the bricklaying:

You need five standard bricks for each square foot you plan to cover.

There are 516 bricks per pallet at most home improvement stores.

Remember you’ll make mistakes. Don’t become upset by it.

If you make a mistake, you can correct it if you catch it early enough.

Need a guide? You can find one at a home improvement store.

Once you have this information down, you’ll be doing your own brick in no time.