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Fitting Tips

Thursday, 6 October 2016  |  Admin

Here are some quick tips for fitting your bricks:

Where to start: usually bottom up, using uncut bricks on the first row.

Dry the bricks for a few days first, if they arrive wet. This is more important if you are using our Ultragrip adhesive. Less so if you are using Ultragrip or Rapidflex.

Try to work out where to centre the bricks, so you don't have small slivers of brick to cut on either edge. Remember to cater for the joint gap. Our spacers are 10mm so cater for 10mm gaps between bricks.

If your wall is not true, adjust the horizontal spacing to compensate. Unlike tiling you can get away with different joint widths. In fact it can look better and give a more rustic feel to the wall.

If tiling up to a ceiling, when a few courses away from the last row, measure and start to adjust the mortar joint heights to prevent having to cut a horizontal sliver of brick at the top. You shouldn't notice the slight differences in joint heights.

Half bricks - to avoid having the cut edge exposed on the edge line of your feature, round the cut edge with a rough file or similar, then flip the brick so the cut edge is to the mortar joint and the uncut edge is on the edge line of your feature, so hiding the cut and matching the other uncut brick edges.

How to point - With a small amount of mortar on the edge of the Gauging Trowel offer it up to the joint, then with the other hand use the Tuck Pointing tool to push a small line of the mortar off the edge of the Gauging Trowel into the joint. Do this until the joint is full. Finally round the mortar with our Jointing tool if a round joint is required.

Overspill - Avoid mortar on the brick face. However, if you do get 'overspill' do not try to wipe it off or you will stain it into the brick. Let it dry then brush it off. Any residual cement stain can be removed using a brick cleaning acid (from a DIY store). Take care to read the instructions.