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How To: Bricklaying Techniques

How To: Bricklaying Techniques

A quick and easy guide on how to finish your wall. This small video guides you on what tools to use and how to use them to give the finishing touches to brick work.

I'm going to give you some information and helpful tips in bricklaying. In this video I'm going to demonstrate finishing touches to brick work and when you finish building your walls. Basically on the back of any bricklaying, on any building that you’re doing you need to make sure that all your prep joints and your bed joints are full.

This ensures a good, solid construction and gives it maximum life. If they're not full, water could get inside and if it's part of a house or garage you would get damp inside the building. So this is very, very, very important.

Now I'm just going to demonstrate using a pointing trowel and my brick laying trowel with a bit of mortar on there, and I'm literally just going to scrape it off and it doesn't need to be neat because it's the back of a wall. I'm just making sure that all the joints are totally full. If there was a hole or a gap I would use this pointing trowel to really work the mortar in the joints.

And that is how to fill the back of any building or any construction work that you do. Now we've filled the joints on the back of your wall you now need to focus more attention on the front, because everybody's going to see this and this is called your face side. I'm basically going to show you the most common joint finish on brick work or block work which is using this tool here called a jointing bar, and it's a half rounded joint, you can see the shape of it, its rounded.

And I don't want to push this in too far. All you're going to do is apply mortar again making sure the joints are full and you're going to do all of your vertical joints first. Once you've done your vertical joints, you then move on to do your bed joints.

With the bed joints you use a different side of this tool, on the elbow side of it. And you rub that into the joint. The most difficult part of this is to point and joint your corners.

So, as you see I've done the face side and now I'm going to joint my reveal. So you basically fill the corners going one way. And then you use the whole face of the jointing bar going the other way.

And that is how you joint your face side and your reveals.