How to Lay Brick

Save

Laying brick is a time consuming process, but one that most homeowners can manage themselves. Create a level surface of sand to work on, and then lay the brick in your chosen design. Fill the gaps with sand and compact the bricks to finish the job.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Sand
  • Wooden forms
  • Bricks
  • Circular saw
  • Level
  • Broom
  • Compactor
  • Safety goggles
  • Start laying brick on a level surface of sand. Dig down to a depth that allows you to level the dirt and add at least 2 inches of sand as a base for the bricks to rest on.

  • Set each brick into place beginning in a corner and working outward. Check each brick to ensure it is level before moving on. Use more or less sand to achieve that result.

  • Continue laying brick until all the bricks are in place and level. Cut bricks to fit in smaller places using a circular saw.

  • Sweep sand across the bricks, making sure to sweep it in every direction. Fill in all the areas in between the bricks.

  • Compress the sand using a compacter. Add more sand to the bricks and sweep again to fill new gaps revealed by the compacting process. Repeat the compacting and sweeping until the bricks are all firmly in place.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you're laying brick in a large area, you may need to build forms to support the bricks from shifting out of position.
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • How to Install Brick

    Brick adds a classic look to the home and is a useful material for paths and patios, walls or walkways. Masonry professionals...

  • How to Lay a Brick Wall

    Adding a brick wall to your garden landscaping or as fencing around your yard is a simple way to increase the value...

  • How to Lay Out Brick Steps

    Building Brick Steps can be done a few different ways but the numbers/lay out really don't change. There is a measurement that...

  • How to Lay Down Bricks on Dirt

    Bricks are often used to make patios or paths, but if you are laying bricks on dirt you have to make sure...

  • How to Lay Brick Pavers on Dirt

    A backyard patio and a casual brick walkway are two types of surfaces you can build with brick pavers. Laying bricks on...

  • How to Lay a Brick Floor on Dirt

    Building a brick floor or patio over dirt is not as simple as flattening the ground and laying down bricks. If the...

  • Bricklaying Techniques

    Bricklaying was once considered a trade that only a well-established bricklayer could perform. However, over the years, beginners willing to invest a...

Related Searches

Read Article

5 Small Entryway Decorating Ideas

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!