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Important notes regarding how to do this course correctly.
You may want to bookmark this page for easier future access (CTR-D) The Videos and Lesson Plan book have been revised in January, 2018. The videos were broken up into smaller segments and the Lesson Plans download has been changed to reflect that. Be sure to proceed in the order of the videos and lesson plans book.
Step 1 – Download The Lesson Plans (PDF)
Step 2– Read the Lesson Plans Book thoroughly, it is meant to be used in coordination with the actual videos.
Step 3 – IMPORTANT! Follow the lessons in the correct order! Do not jump around! Each lesson builds on the lesson prior to it and if you jump ahead you will get lost and will not be prepared!
Step 4 – Before you actually start this course, you will need to purchase some materials and tools. Please refer to the lesson plans download for that information. Remember that until you get to the lab, you will not need quite as many materials.
Here Are The Lessons
Video 1 – How To Handle A Trowel
In order to set up your lab, you will need to lay some block with head joints. For this section only, we will skip to a small section of Video 9 and watch a section on how to make a proper head joint for block. Watch the video below then refer back to the section in your PDF manual on how to set up your lab. You will re-watch this again later.
Video 12 (Watch Again) – How To Make A Head Joint For Block
Below are some useful links to online sources of brick information. Yes, I could have easily included this information in the course but there’s a reason why I did not (though I still might anyway). The focus of this course has been to teach skill, efficiency, and quality bricklaying. What good would it do to teach you how to do a Flemish bond if you can’t “roll the mud” like a champ? Any frankly, any student of mine who can roll the mud like a champ will take one look at this info and be able to go to town without a second thought. Yes, I want you to use all of the great information below to your full advantage, but it’s not what will set you apart from other masons in the field. Finish the course FIRST before spending too much time here, this is mostly for later.
One more thing to keep in mind – I have my own pride to think about. When you are out it the field laying brick and they ask you who taught you your awesome skills, I want you to tell them it was Charlie Cummins. I don’t like embarrassment, therefore I have pushed you to learn the important things first and the rest is simply icing on the cake. Focus on the course first, okay?
The difference between you visiting these links, after having finished this course, and someone else is that unlike most, you will actually be able to use this information in a superior way. The skills you learn from this course will enable you to use any of these styles, but first you need to develop a superior skill set to apply them. Here you go…
Wikipedia Brickwork – A very nice description of masonry terms used for brick orientation, cut, and different types of bonds.
Brick Masonry Terms and Definitions – Don’t know the difference between a Quoin and a Queen Closure? Do brick bat’s fly? A simple site with simple explanations!
Dimensioning and Estimating Brick Masonry – This Technical Note presents information for determining the basic layout of brick masonry walls, including both structural and veneer applications. Modular and non-modular brick masonry is discussed, including overall dimensioning of masonry walls using various brick unit sizes. Finally, guidelines are presented to aid the designer in estimating the amount of materials needed for brick masonry.
More About Bricks – This site has some basic but useful information about the different types of bricks you may encounter.