Simple Brick-on-Edge Copings

The simplest brick finish to the top of a wall is a brick-on-edge coping. As the name suggests, the wall is finished off at the top with a course of bricks laid on their edge, across the thickness of the wall, with their stretcher face uppermost. When laid in such an exposed situation, the bricks used must be capable of offering a degree of weather protection to the top of the wall and must, themselves, be weather – and frost-resistant. Accordingly, facing bricks, particularly those of ordinary quality, make a poor choice for a brick-on-edge coping and will quickly succumb to frost damage over very few winters. Facing bricks of special quality or engineering bricks should be used

Simple Brick-on-Edge Copings

Fig. 208 Simple brick-on-edge coping using Staffordshire Blue engineering bricks.

Simple Brick-on-Edge Copings

Fig. 209 Simple brick-on-edge coping: the end brick is held in place with galvanized frame cramps.

On a simple brick-on-edge coping, it is important to consider the long-term security of the end bricks of the coping where they are exposed at a stopped-end. Exposed end bricks-on-edge tend to be susceptible to impact and to being knocked off. When possible, it is considered good practice to build in to the bed joint a couple of galvanized fishtail frame cramps.