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I've started building a brick barbecue. The concrete base turned out perfect, but I didn't get much further than that. I'm having a lot of trouble mixing good, easily workable mortar. The mix I tried is 6:2:1 (sand:lime:cement). As I'm not used to laying bricks, I need to take my time adjusting the bricks into place. This seems impossible with the mortar I made. No matter how much water I put in it, the mortar dries fast and doesn't stick to the bricks (bricks that have been layed 24hrs ago can easily be removed by hand). What am I doing wrong?
- Ybbq 17th Feb, 2011 Bricklaying
does anyone know where i can get lime free cement. as i need to cement around the edge of a pond which is full of koi carps. ive been told there is one called prompt. but i cant find it...please someone must know.. thanks roy..
- Yn_p_m 24th Mar, 2011 Bricklaying
- Yandersonb 17th Feb, 2011 Bricklaying
A friend has received 2 quotes to have a load bearing wall opening made wider from 1.4m to 2m, the wall is double skinned with a bathroom above on one side and bedroom other side, at present there is a catnic lintel supporting
floor joist and the 1st floor wall!!
One quote is using a steel rsj and the other quote is to use concrete lintels. Are concrete lintels strong enough to support the huge amount of weight?
* cheers for the replies :-) just want to add an SE report was done, steel was preferred but lintel could be used.
The 2 quotes submitted had a big difference in price, the steel done by my cousin fully qualified brickie seemed reasonable, where as the lintle from someone unknown
was cheap... almost to cheap, which my cousin laugh at!!!
My friend wants to go cheap, but i have doubts, could anyone shed a rough price guide so I can push her in right direction!
- Ytc-property 17th Feb, 2011 Bricklaying
- Yhonda_58 1st Apr, 2011 Bricklaying
OK, I have a bit of building experience helping out my mates when I was younger. I was always suspicious of DPC. What I'm talking about is the black plastic sheets that are put in between the bricks/blocks/stone a few courses up from the foundations. I understand that it's to stop the damp from the ground from rising up into the wall, though I'm not sure really how big of a problem this actually is.
Anyway, I always cringed about the structural integrity. If you've ever accidentally bumped the wall when it's being built a few courses up from the damp proof course, you'll know what I mean. It shifts very easily - it's obviously a weak spot in the wall. Maybe when everything is built up and the roof is on, you don't have to worry about it, but you still have to admit that you are compromising the strength of a wall with a DPC, versus one without. And the risk is that it gets so ingrained in a bricklayers habits that people overuse it. I mean I've actually seen garden walls and exterior pillars with a DPC. One pillar had shifted 3-4 inches at the DPC and it was supporting a roof, covering a walkway at a supermarket. That one was obviously a forehead slapper and really dangerous, but does anyone share my general DPC scepticism?
- Ydpsceptical 19th Feb, 2011 Bricklaying
- Ysteve_809 24th Jan, 2012 Bricklaying
I received an invoice for £4000 for overhand bricklaying and for disruptive neighbours over the course of 8 weeks, this charge includes extra labour but by my calculation it only took him an extra three days work. The builder didn't ask our consent and at the time our solicitor was handling the case with next door, he basically started work building overhand once they reached as far as they could from the first floor level. Our neighbour has been disruptive not allowing them access and we are being charged for there behaviour. It's not in the qoute and it's not in the payment schedule.
I'm not happy as he said from the start that he can sort the neighbours and all will be well and not to worry. I didn't agree to any costs for him to work this way.
Where do I stand?
- Yjivebunny 21st Sep, 2011 Bricklaying
I've recently had my double glazing windows replaced and have been told that i need a lintel putting in above the kitchen window, as the 'soldiers' are dipping and will eventually bend the actual window frame.
How much would a job like this cost? what section do i post the job in to (is Bricklaying the right section)
I need this job completing as soon as possible as i want to sell my house and need to put it on the market in the next couple of weeks.
Would really appreciate someone giving me some information, thank you for taking the time to read this.
- Ysibrahim 3rd Oct, 2011 Bricklaying
Hi. We have recently bought, quite an old house, and can see a considerable amount of pointing that requires attention. I'm wondering/trying to learn, how and what is the correct way to mix 3.5 hydraulic lime-mortar, which I presume should be mixed with sand (but type is the most appropriate). I have read that portland cement should not be added to the mix.
Although, just finding lime-mortar suppliers is not easy, I've now tracked 3.5 down at a local merchants, which I presume is easier to use than lime-putty mixtures?
Is it best to mix differently for repointing and or brick-laying. Many thanks to anyone who can help.
- Ydaveb_27 21st May, 2011 Bricklaying
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