If you want a rendered surface on your retaining wall one of the best ways of achieving this is by using ‘Besser Blocks’.
These are hollow concrete blocks which are designed to incorporate steel reinforcement within the block.
A few issues when building these walls are:
Don’t skimp on the foundation. Even a 600mm [read more...]
When you are looking round your new home build you may think “What’s that gap between the window and the brickwork?” . . . . . . .or even “Why is there a vertical gap between the bricks in the middle of the wall?”
Before you panic it might be worth checking if it is [read more...]
Unfortunately brickwork overhanging the slab like this is more common than it should be. . . . but it’s often not the brickie’s fault.
How it Happens
Normally the problem is that the slab has been constructed smaller than the required dimensions.
This wouldn’t be a problem, but for the fact that most houses [read more...]
For the typical modern house with slab on ground base there are two minimum heights above ground level that need to be considered:
Next to the building. Distance of 1m away.
The reason for these minimums is to keep water out of the building, including the structure and foundations.
Next To The House
Floor [read more...]
I hear a lot of people agonise over the choice of bricks for their new house.
That’s probably because they are:
Looking Too Closely. At the builders display centre you may be handed individual bricks or see a board with about 8 bricks on it. When you have been in the house a month [read more...]
I have previously carried out a worked example of the insulation of a Brick Veneer Wall, so as a comparison here is double brick wall.
I have also shown (in brackets) the effect of using a hebel block in place of one of the brick ‘leaves':
Outside surface air layer
The other day I saw this garden wall .
It looks like mowing the lawn could be dangerous!
I certainly wouldn’t like to catch my ankle on that sharp piece of brick.
A few years ago a kiln fused brick like this would be called a reject and sent to the tip.
During your Selection or Pre-Start meeting It isn’t just Picking a Brick. You also have to pick a mortar colour and a type of mortar joint.
If you have been to a Brick Display Centre check what colour mortar they use in the test wall of the brick you like. This will probably [read more...]