How to Build a Full Brick Wall Using a Flemish Bond

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Watch and learn how to make a full brick wall using a Flemish bond.

This video hopes to initiate novices into the field of construction and masonry.

Music Dan-O at Danosongs.com / Incompetech.com

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In this video, you will learn how to build a wall of One Brick's Thickness using The Flemish Bond.

The tools that you will need are:

Trowel

Mortar pan

Jointer

String

Spirit Level

Straight Edge

and Plumb Bob

The materials that you will use are:

Bricks

and Mortar

Don’t forget to use Personal Protective Equipment, including:

Safety Gloves

Reflective Jacket

Safety Helmet

Safety Shoes

and Dust Mask

Before you begin building, set up profiles on either ends of the wall, run a string along its outer boundary and lay a dry bond.

The arrangement of bricks in a Flemish Bond of One Brick’s Thickness uses an alternating arrangement of Headers and Stretchers in each course. Additionally, every alternate course consists of Queen Closers at the second and penultimate positions to offset recurring perpends.

The second wall in this video has been arranged such that there is one Queen Closer in every course, alternating between the second or the penultimate positions.

Bear in mind the count and arrangement of bricks before removing the dry bond.

Ensure that you follow all instructions specified in the mix design and method statement.

Lay a bed of mortar wide enough to accommodate the length of one brick.

Place the Quoin Brick. This Quoin will serve as a header for the first wall and as a stretcher for the second wall.

Next to the Quoin header, place a queen closer.

Now, place a pair of stretchers.

Remember to apply mortar on the side of every new brick that will make contact with a previously laid brick.

Continue to place headers and stretchers alternately till the penultimate brick, which will naturally be, another queen closer. Finish the course with a header.

Use the Straightedge to check the alignment of the course. Adjust the bricks if the alignment is off.

Lay a bed of mortar for the second wall and place a Header right next to the Quoin. Place a pair of stretchers next to the Header. Lay a Queen Closer as the penultimate brick and follow this with a final Header.

Again use a straightedge to check the alignment. Adjust the bricks if the alignment is off.

You may now remove the profiles guiding the first course. Run mortar over the first course and insert it into the gaps to fill the joints.

Set up the profiles guiding the second course of the first wall.

Use a Quoin Header and Queen Closer at the corner where both walls meet, and two parallel Stretchers at the outer end. Check their level and alignment and tie a string to guide the course.

Lay the mortar bed.

Place a Header such that it makes contact with the width of the Quoin. Place a pair of stretchers next to the header. Continue laying alternate Headers and Stretchers for the rest of the course.

Use the plumb bob and the straightedge to check the vertical and horizontal alignment of the bricks.

Set up the profile for the second course of the second wall with two stretchers at the outer end.

Now lay the mortar bed.

Place a pair of stretchers next to the Queen Closer. Follow this up with a Header to end the course.

Use the plumb bob and the straightedge to check the vertical and horizontal alignment of the bricks.

Apply mortar on top of the course and insert it into the gaps to fill the joints.

Keep repeating these steps of building alternating courses of stretchers and headers until you reach the desired height.

Once you finish the entire wall, insert mortar into the joints at the side.

When all the courses have been laid, use the Brick Jointer to scrape off the extra bits of mortar sticking out from the sides to provide definition to the bond.

Lastly, clean up the area around the wall.

You have now learned to build a Wall of One Brick's Thickness Using the Flemish Bond.

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