This is a comprehensive guide to clay bricks and mortars, their physical and aesthetic properties, and their use in a wide range of building projects. Topics covered include specifying bricks and mortar; the different types of brick and mortar; reclaimed bricks; assessing durability; estimating quantities and buying materials. Basic bricklaying tools and equipment are covered along with dimensions and setting out work; building straight and curved walls and building arches. Brickwork structures are covered including the appearance of brickwork; bonding patterns; free-standing and retaining walls; external walls; thermal insulation in cavity walls; brickwork as cladding to timber-framed buildings, and finally foundations.
Brickwork and Paving for House and Garden by Michael Hammett
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