Make sure you are wearing appropriate safety protection throughout the entire process.
STEP 1: Excavation
Excavate to a minimum depth of 300mm below ground level.
This is to account for 150mm of concrete foundation and a minimum 150mm of the planned wall being underground to give frost protection to the concrete base.
Cross section of a brick wall
STEP 2: Concrete Base
All walls should be built on a concrete foundation.
The concrete should be 150mm in depth (deeper for heavier walls and as low as 100mm for lighter, small walls) and at least 100mm wider than the wall on each side.
The top concrete foundation should be at least 150mm below ground level.
The concrete can be laid directly onto the sub-grade.
STEP 3: Laying the Bricks
Using a trowel apply mortar to the brick. Apply to each side of the brick that will be in contact with the already laid brick. Spread the mortar with the trowel and lay on wall. Use the handle of the trowel to firmly fix the brick and release any pockets of air in the mortar. Use the towel to remove any excess mortar from the wall.
STEP 4: Coping and Caps
Use a bond base on top of the brick work to secure bedding copings and pier caps.
The use of a bond base, rather than normal mortar as used in the wall, decreases the chances of the copings and caps coming loose over time.
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