Bricklaying trade jargon

Jargon by trade
Air brick

A perforated brick that is built into a wall to increase ventilation.

Bat

A cut brick.

Brickie

Trade nickname for a bricklayer.

Brick saw

A power tool used for cutting concrete, bricks and other materials.

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Capstone

A finishing stone that forms the top of a column or wall.

Coping

A flat stone used as a cap on walls or around the perimeter of patios, pools and ponds etc.

Course

A single layer of bricks.

Header

The end face of a brick.

Lintel

A horizontal beam supporting a wall above a door or window.

 

Mortar

Material used to bond bricks, made up of cement or lime, an aggregate such as sand, and water.

Pointing

Filling the joints of brickwork or masonry with mortar.

Quoin

Both the corner of a wall, and the particular blocks used to make up the corner, sometimes only there for decorative purposes.

Stretcher

The long face of a brick.

Stretcher bond

This simplest and most common form of bricklaying, where each course overlaps the one below with a single brick atop two others.

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