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  1. Hi everyone, I'm a bricklayer who's back on the trowel after several years away from the game and I must say I'm finding it tough. The physical side of it is fine (after a few hard weeks mind) but it's the information / theory side I'm finding most difficult. Even the bonding of blockwork (blockwork so far has been 80% of my work) I find a bit difficult being truthful. Has anybody had any similar experiences? How did they find it? Did you feel like I do sometimes, like your serving your time all over again? ? Would anybody recommend any literature for me to read? Also, regards to quantifying blocks - how would you do it? Lets say I was asked to build a block (440 x 215 x 100) on edge shed and they sent me the dimensions of the slab that they wanted it built on Do I just add the length and width of the proposed building, multiply this figure by 2 and then multiply that figure by how many courses high it is going? I then deduct the door and window from this figure. Now if they now wanted to change the spec of the shed to cavity work with a 100mm inner leaf, 100mm cavity and a 100mm outer leaf how would I calculate how many blocks they would need for the outer leaf? This is probably a really basic question but I just cant get me head around it! ? Genuine thanks for anybody who replies. Cheers, IR.
  2. We are currently updating a couple of sheds to use as storage for our barn conversion. But, at the moment they are only 5' high so we need to increase the height, so we are going to remove the metal roof (knackered) and build the 3 walls higher. The front has a short wall and then plywood up to the roof. Hubby has asked me to source 40 lightweight hollow blocks, but these don't seem to exist, only dense ones very heavy ones. So, can you lovely experts tell me what to use. It's not for a dwelling, just an old shed built with blocks which we want to make higher. I have no idea what blocks are already used, just that they are not the hollow ones. The existing shed will have been built about 1960. Once our conversion is complete we will be knocking these down as they are right in the way of our driveway to be.
  3. Hi, I’ve just been asked to price a job up in an industrial unit which consists mostly of 190 mm solid blocks (22 newtons) and that is the type and size of block which has been stipulated must be used. I was just wondering if anyone has any recent experience of walling these and knows an estimate price that I should be charging the customer for them walled per m2 as I haven’t come across this type of size block before? Cheers
  4. I am just about to start our exterior facing brick and blockwork upto DPC which will involve a skin of 105mm facing brick and backed up with a 50mm block to give a 155mm (ish) outer skin which will eventually be set in by 50mm once the plinth brick has been laid. My question is, would I be better placed to use a 50mm dense concrete or a lightweight aircrete block, the building regs document does not specify which to use and as there will be an inner skin of 100mm thermalite block together with 100mm cavity insulation strength over cost may be the major consideration, there are probably pros and cons apart from the cost angle so I'd be happy and interested to hear what you guy's thoughts are. Cheers
  5. What do you call, and where do you buy a simple big straight edge? I mean a big one for brickies, so I can lay blocks in a straight line; or rather check easily and quickly that blocks have been laid in a straight line? I am going to buy several builders string lines (or whatever they are called) and put them in the post to make sure builders have their own personal line that they can bring to work every day. Each morning there will be a parade and inspection. I am going to look in each ear to see if I can see daylight, and they will have to present their line thingamajig. And I'm going to give them DVDs about how the Egyptians managed to lay blocks in straight and level lines, and I'm also going to buy yards of clear plastic tubing and give them endless supplies of water and food colouring to help them lay blocks that are level. And when I have done that I am going to whisper Sweet Nothings to each builder's ear so loud that the whole village knows that blocks need to be laid level and plumb. And when I've done that I am going to use the broken record technique until they manage to shut me up by laying blocks straight and level. Do I sound peeved? Good. Wouldn't mind knowing what brickies use as a straight edge though. Ian (Peeved of Lancaster)
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