Brick facing has numerous benefits: it offers weather protection, gives your house a great exterior look, and adds dimensions to your interior setup. Brick facing comes in various types, providing you with considerable choice. It depends on whether you want to use it on the outside or the inside. However, to make brick facing a reality, you first need to lay block. For most homes, concrete block does the job.
Whenever somebody refers to constructing foundation, the first step is to lay the cement block. With that said, laying a concrete block is by no means easy. It requires considerable vigor and stamina. Laying cement block that has a brick facing is similar to laying a standard block. The only difference is blocks that are relatively smaller in size are used. Accomplishing this task requires a homeowner who is prepared for some hard work.
Step 1 - Prepare and Start
Transfer some cement into the wheelbarrow. Then, add some water and mix it with cement with an extended handle. Keep mixing it, until it forms a thick paste. Once the mortar is ready, empty it from the wheelbarrow to the ground where you intend to install the blocks. It is advisable that you progress slowly, working in 10-foot sections, especially if you have no assistance. Otherwise the entire area might be too large to tackle. Pick one block at a time, and place it on the mortar. Firmly press the blocks into the mortar, ensuring the blocks are firmly placed. Use a level to check whether the blocks are correctly aligned.
Step 2 - Continue the Process
Once the blocks are solidly placed over the mortar, apply another layer of mortar over the blocks, repeating the process mentioned above (first prepare the mixture and then pour it over the blocks). Then, put the second layer of blocks over the applied mortar. Complete the first section (preferably 10-foot) and ensure it is fully laid.
Step 3 - Laying the Next Section
Before moving onto the second section, wait till the cement has started to dry. Once it begins drying, use a tuck pointer to trim the joints so that the cement is leveled. Now, move onto the second section and repeat the same process. Again spread mortar on top of the second layer of blocks. Also, apply mortar on the sides of the blocks that are connected. Progress and gradually complete the wall.
Step 4 - Finishing
Again, use a tuck pointer to tidy the joints. Make sure that there is a brick facing on the block. You should let the wall dry for at least 24 hours. After a day, it will gain the required strength.