How to Build a Brick Wall

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  • 10-40 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 500-6,000
What You'll Need
A brick trowel

A brick wall, even a small one, can help separate, define, divide, or add decoration to any property. Uses include providing privacy or marking property lines. Small brick walls can be used as retaining walls in yards and gardens. Although brick walls are used in many construction projects requiring professional installation, small wall projects are within the reach of many do-it-yourself enthusiasts when following these steps.

Step 1 - Prepare

You need to check with your local municipality to determine what codes, if any, might be applicable along with obtaining any necessary permits. Also, make sure your property does not fall under any restrictions limiting or prohibiting the building of a small brick wall.

Step 2 - Lay the Foundation

Create a level foundation by digging a small trench the length of the wall to be constructed. Form out the base of the trench to make sure it is as level as possible. Use a level tool to check it.

Step 3 - Mix the Mortar

You need two mortarboards that are 2-feet square. Mix the mortar in a wheelbarrow by hand. Make this task easier by mixing the mortar in two separate batches. Put mortar on the mortarboards place these near to where you will be working so they are within easy reach.

Step 4 - Place the Bricks

Place piles of bricks along the line where the wall will be built so you have easier access and your bricks are at hand as the project proceeds.

Step 5 - Use the Mortar

Place a layer of mortar along the base where the wall will go, and work on the mortar bed in an up-and-down pattern to allow it to move once bricks are laid on it.

Step 6 - Lay the First Layer

It is important to get the first layer of bricks as level as possible. Keep adjusting each as you place them on the mortar bed using a level to guide your progress. Remember to hold the level vertical to each brick to make sure they are sitting squarely. Use the trowel to remove excess mortar applying this to the top of the brick for the next level.

Step 7 - Keep Going

Repeat steps 4 through 6 paying attention to leveling and squaring each row as the wall gains each additional level until you arrive at the height you desire.

Brick walls also can take on shapes other than straight lines, especially when framing flowers or plant beds. Furthermore, planters can be incorporated at the top of small brick walls adding another decorative dimension to its construction. Some brick wall builders get creative by constructing double-thick walls, combining two lines, sometimes more, to create customized looks.

By following these steps, you can build your own brick wall in no time.