Bricklaying Question

How high can you lay bricks in one go?

What is the safe height for laying a single skin of bricks unsupported in one go.

3 Answers

Best Answer

There is no safe height as such for laying in one go, but for a single skin wall with no ties ie garden walls after 1m it becomes weaker. If you want to go higher my advice would be to do 9 inch with 13 inch piers every 2-3 metres for a solid construction. Like i said, for 4" no more than 1m with 9" piers every 2-3metres.

Answered 11th Jun 2012


Member since 7 Jun 2008

Depends on the skill of the bricklayer and the conditions - but good practice is no more than six courses of blockwork.

Any higher than that there is a tendency for the wall to become unstable and the mortar joints to compress out due to the weight above.

Answered 11th Jun 2012


Member since 23 May 2012

It all depends on what you are building. If it is for a extension i would go about twenty courses but then that would have wall ties in and I would back it up with blockwork if it is for a garden wall. A single skin brickwork should have piers every six feet but 1500mm twenty courses would be the limit I would go I hope I have managed to be of some help.

Answered 11th Jun 2012

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