Bedding Bricks

Having successfully spread a bed joint, the bricks are then bedded as follows:

1. Lay the brick by placing it on to the mortar bed and gently press it until a 10mm bed joint is achieved (in other words, ‘to gauge’).

Bedding Bricks

Fig. 115 Laying a brick.

2. ‘Eye down’ the cross-joints for verticality with those below, and correctly align the brick, by eye, as close as possible to its final position.

3. Using the inside edge of the trowel, with the top face of the blade turned outwards, cleanly trim off the mortar that squeezes out front and back. Do not turn the trowel inwards when trimming off as this will smear mortar up the face of the brick that has been laid. This is particularly important on the face side of the wall. Facing brickwork should be kept
as clean as possible, with minimal smudging and no visual defects.

Bedding Bricks

Fig. 116 Trimming off excess mortar from the bed joint.

Подпись: ‘Eyeing Down' Eyeing down the cross-joints with those below is one of the key reasons for the bricklayer's stance, which means that the trowel hand remains over the wall being built. The act of laying the brick causes the bricklayer to lean towards the wall and this automatically draws the eye line down through the vertical line of cross-joints. This makes it easier to spot if the

Again, mortar that is trimmed off should not be allowed to fall or be deposited on the floor. Instead, if there is enough of it, it can be used for the cross-joint on the next brick. This will save time, reduce movement on the part of the bricklayer and improve efficiency.