Masonry Tips for Your Next DIY Project

February 18, 2022

Planning a new masonry project for you and your family? Masonry projects can be a lot of fun, though it’s important to know what you’re doing. Mistakes during a masonry project could result in injury or property damage.

Before you start building that outdoor garden or brick retaining wall, check out the masonry tips provided below. We cover everything you need to know, including how to lay brick, apply grout and much more.

Gather the right supplies

You don’t want to get started on a project only to realize you don’t have the right supplies. This could cause a major delay, especially if you have to wait for the supplies to get delivered. Common masonry project supplies include a measuring tape, spacers, brick pavers, gloves, safety goggles and levels.

Visit your local home project supply store, and let one of the employees know what you’re building. Chances are, they can help you find all the supplies you need. An experienced employee may even provide you with some additional masonry tips.

Develop a plan

If you want your masonry project to turn out well, it’s important to develop a good plan. You can often find plans online for common masonry projects, like building fire pits or flower boxes. Your plan should also include the exact location of your masonry project. Once you develop a good plan, be sure to follow the steps exactly from start to finish.

How to lay bricks

Before starting most masonry projects, it’s good to know how to lay bricks. Once you have a plan for your project, go purchase bricks. Be sure to buy a lot of bricks, as you may end up needing more than you thought. If you need to cut the brick, use a wet saw, as this will produce smooth edges.

After gathering all your supplies, you can start preparing the thin-set mortar. Mix until it’s the consistency of toothpaste, and then start applying. Be sure to only mix your thin-set mortar outside, as the mixture is dusty.

Lay your bricks, starting from the center and moving outward. Gently press each brick into the thin-set mortar.

After laying bricks

Once you’re done laying bricks, it’s important to apply a top-quality sealer, as this will prevent moisture from damaging your brick. You can easily apply a sealer with a paintbrush or short-nap roller. Let the sealer dry completely before applying grout. Allow the grout proper time to cure before cleaning away any excess.

Contact an expert when you need help

While completing a masonry project on your own can be satisfying, it usually takes a lot of time and energy. Plus, the project may not even turn out as planned. If you want to ensure a beautiful new fixture for your home, consider hiring a professional masonry contractor.

At Langenfeld Masonry & Concrete, we can build the perfect new fixture for your home. Some of our specialties include retaining walls, driveways, patios, sidewalks and much more. Contact us today for all your brick and stonework needs.

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