Protect Bricks with a Brick Sealer

If you own a brick home and want to extend the life of the bricks, you should consider sealing them. A sealer can protect and extend the life of a concrete surface while improving its appearance. Concrete can crumble, crack and peel if it hasn’t been properly cured and sealed. Brick sealer is used as a water repellent and protectant. It is breathable, which allows moisture on the inside to escape. The sealer can also make the color of the bricks stand out.

Steps to Brick Laying

There are several steps to brick laying, if you are ambitious about doing it yourself. The first thing you will want to do is collect all the necessary materials before you start. You don’t want to be in the middle of it and find out that you are missing something. Next, you should do a layout of the project, whether it’s a wall, patio, curbing, etc . . . Make sure you know where any openings need to be. After the layout is complete, you should set bricks down in a line the length of your project. Put the rest in stacks where they can be easily reached. Next, it’s smart to put down a mortar board every six feet or so, which will provide a place for you to get the mortar as you go along. Once everything is in place, you can mix the mortar in a mortar mixer, wheelbarrow or cement mixer. You will need to use three parts of sand to one part of mortar mix.

It should be mixed to a pudding-like consistency. It’s crucial to get the consistency just right. If it’s too wet the bricks may sag and if the mixture is too dry it will be hard to get the bricks to stay. After the mortar is mixed, put some on each of the prepared boards. You will want to make sure the boards are wet to help the mortar retain moisture. Next, scoop some mortar up onto the trowel and lay it down where the brick is going to be laid; you will want to make it about an inch thick. Then, place a brick on top of the mortar and lightly tap it into place. Lay several more bricks down this way, and make sure to scrape off any extra mortar. When you begin the second layer, stagger the bricks so that the middle of each one sits directly above where two others join. You should put up courses at the end of the wall so that a section of builder’s line can be attached.

This will help keep the bricks level an aligned. After the mortar begins to set, you can strike the joints with a jointer. If you rub the jointer along the mortar, it will help smooth it out. You can tell that the mortar is sufficiently hard when you can touch it without leaving an impression. Then you can brush it to clear away any excess mortar. To finish up, continue to lay the bricks until they have reached the level you desire. When you are finished, don’t forget to apply a quality brick sealer which will protect, and prolong the life of the brick job.

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