How to Lay Bricks on Mortar

This method of laying bricks is more permanent than using a sand bed, and no edge restraint is needed. Again, when you are digging out the trench, remember to allow for the drainage fall and the level of the path in relation to the dpc or lawn, and dig down deep enough to allow for the thickness of construction. Before starting any construction one should have fencing for safety, see range of fencing here.

The sub-base should be a layer of hardcore which is tamped down or rolled to provide a firm foundation for the path and topped with a blinding layer of fine sand or ash. The bricks are bedded in a fairly dry, crumbly mortar mix and with spaces between them to allow for grouting. Dry mortar is brushed into the joints and then the whole path is sprayed with water. With this method, you should not use the path until a week has passed after laying the pavers. In hot, dry weather the paving should be protected against drying out prematurely by covering it with polythene sheets or damp sacking. This can become a bit complicated for some people, so it would be a good idea to get help from a paving contractor.

laying bricks How to Lay Bricks on Mortar

Laying bricks on mortar

1. To bed bricks on a mortar base, trowel a fairly stiff mix in dabs onto the sand bed. No edge restraints will be needed when a mortar bed is used.

2. Press the bricks onto the mortar in your chosen design – here you can see a herringbone pattern – and adjust the mortar thickness so they are level.

3. Leave a 10mm gap between each brick to allow for a mortar joint, which is added afterwards. Use timber offcuts as spacers for the joints.

4. Check the level of the brickwork using a straight-edged length of timber and a spirit level. Adjust the thickness of the mortar if necessary.

5. Brush a dry mortar mix, in the same proportions as the bedding mix, into the joints until they are flush with the surface of the path.

6. Spray the path with clean water from a watering can fitted with a fine rose, then leave the path for about one week before using.

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