Lay Mortar for block – inside edge versus outside edge

Your course is showing how to lay the mortar for the inside edge of the block. How does it differ when you are laying it on the edge of the block furthest away from you?

Ask Charlie!

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Preparing To Lay Brick, Block, or Stone

Anything that you build from a barbecue pit to a skyscraper, must have a blueprint.  For small projects like a brick mailbox or barbecue pit, you can get books at Home Depot or Lowe’s or the library that have blueprints for what your gonna build.  Nearly all areas of the country where you build or…

Equipment Necessary For Laying Brick

Buying a truck or trailer to haul your equipment from project to project is an important choice.  Don’t buy too small! Not only is it dangerous, but you will be fined heavy for being overloaded.  Everything matters, from buying the tools, to saws, and the correct mixer for the type of projects you are going…

House cleaning…

In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve been doing some tidying up around here.  Our site has been cleaned up considerably.  Our YouTube channel has been re-organized.  We also added student bricklaying photos and student bricklaying video pages as well. We’re not done yet, we’ve got some big plans in the works! If you purchased one…

Bricklayer Shortage In UK

Bricklayer Shortage In UK Coming To US – Or Is The Shortage Already Here? The article points out some interesting facts regarding the current building sector economy in UK. There is something to be learned here – – – It appears they let the supply of tradesmen and specifically BRICKLAYERS fall behind the needs of…

Masonry Tip: Chimneys

So many great homes feature chimneys. Winter is coming both fall and winter tend to bring wind, rain, snow, and more across the country. Houses with chimneys will soon be using the beautiful and functional fireplaces to keep homes warm and maybe even roast some marshmallows over the flames during a storm. No matter how…

Brick by Brick! How Bricks Are Making the World Better

Recently, students and geeks alike are teaming up to sell bricks for great causes! For what seems like insane amounts of money for bricks, the donations per brick are helping to create wonderful things. Thanks to Matthew Inman (from The Oatmeal), people can donate $125 to get a few lines of text (name, message, anything)…

Tulsa Tech Masonry Course Builds 9/11 Tribute

Tulsa Tech (Oklahoma) offers a course in masonry as an entry level course, often taken by new college students. Every year a few weeks before the anniversary of the attacks on 9/11 the students build a small memorial. This year the students built an 8 ft by 10 ft wall featuring the numbers 9 and…

Australians Don’t Want to Lay Brick?

                An article posted August 28, 2014 states that Australians aren’t interested in bricklaying and masonry even though the salaries can be as high as $100,000. Unemployment in Australia is at 14%, the highest it’s been in 13 years and the number of apprentices in the field is lower than the past 10 years. Not…