1. I'm student at a vo-tech school in new jersey, and on the skills USA "teamworks" as the plumber/mason, I had a very hard time keeping the mud on my trowel and block. we managed to win the gold medal overall. I wish I came across this video sooner. I've been getting good in practice for the national conference thanks to this gentleman. Thank you so very much! I've learned more technique from this 5 minute video than any of my teachers could in the 2 months before the state conference. I love masonry now.
2. This is the best demonstration of "proper" blocklaying that I have seen on film. Mostly because of very little wasted motions.
3. I've been bricking now for the last 5 years and his technique is fantastic going 2 try it myself tomorrow at work :-)
4. I just layed my first course of a block wall...ever. It took me two hours to lay 5 bricks! Mortar kept sliding off the trowel, once I'd place the mortar on the sides of the block it would fall off before I could get the block in place! Watching you was inspirational! I'm going to tackle the second course now!
5. Utterly Amazing. The ease with which the guy spreads the gobbo, perfectly along the edges then places the breeze blocks. super"!
6. I have nothing but respect for a man who can work a trowel that good. I am only an apprentice of 2 years but hope to master my chosen trade one day. smooth skills my friend :) Liverpool, England
7. This is a man's work! =D I'm only an apprentice currently and even as a laborer, I love every bit of it, it's like being payed to work out.. and at the end you get to say you built something that's going to be there for a very long time =)
8. I've watched concrete block laying videos for two hours. This is awesome! Finally a man who is one in his profession. Thanks for sharing your talent.
9. Nice neat technique, I'm learning at 35, my whole life I've been doing odds and ends, but I've finally found a trade I want to learn and be really good at, not just for money but self rewarding work too. its an age old skill, I hope I can be as good as this guy. He works fast too.
10. I just started on with a masonry company a week and a half ago. I think I'm in love. This is a good trade and I can't wait to get better at it.
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Placing Mud On The Block
The consistency of your
is all important. Mortar that is too stiff will not spread evenly, it will leave voids as you spread it out making it more difficult to tool the joints, and mortar that is too loose will not hold up your blocks, and result is wasting and mortar smear over your brick or block.
When you are placing mud on the block, start at the bottom of the block, by the hilt of the
then go up the block pulling the trowel toward you, then at the top of the stroke, curl your trowel slightly to seal the mud to the block, this will keep the mud from falling off the block. If you only use half the mud off your trowel with the first stroke pulling toward you, then you can use the other half to finish the block, starting at the tip of the trowel shoving it toward the block with an upward motion. "you have to do that with a fairly quick motion or the mud will fall off your block. This does take a little practice, but is very efficient once the technique is acquired.
Mudding the end of the block that has already been placed insures that you don't leave any bee holes which will slow down the hod tender on tooling joints.
When placing down your bed joint remember to travel down the block at a consistent speed leaning your trowel slightly, then again mortar slump plays an important role. Spreading mud on the front edge can be a little fatiguing to your wrist, so if you flip your trowel over and bounce the mud on the back of your trowel and spreading it out in a similar fashion it keeps you from twisting your wrist, lightening your fatigue by the end of the day.
Bricklaying and Masonry How to hold the block
As you watch the
, note these methods of where to tap the block to get it to go the way you want. When you are setting the block in place, "especially with 12 inch block" hold the weight of the block up with your hand until you have tapped it a few times, this allows the mortar to settle under the block holding it up, if you just let it go, it will most likely fall below your string line, tap it a little at a time keeping the block going down consistently. I very seldom will tap the block without my hand holding up a good portion of the weight. If the block starts to move too close to the string line, use your hand to slightly pull it into position while tapping the top middle of the block by the line, not too fast or it will fall and watch the line, trowels get a tid bit sharp after use. Keep the block flush with the block below it and about a 1/16 to an 1/8 away from the line.
If one mason is doing it 1/16 and another is working toward him doing an 1/8, there will be a slight difference when they meet, but this is ticky. If the bottom of the block is too far under the line and the top is a little high to the line tap the block in the middle, not very hard and twist your wrist slightly to pull the block back in while tapping. This applies to whatever direction you need the block to go. Remember to take a fair amount of the weight of the block while doing this it will keep it from dropping.
Bricklaying and Masonry
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Bricklaying and masonry tip. Have you ever wondered why when you drive past a wall and you can see blocks jolting in and out of the wall like somebody just threw the wall up without a care in the world? If the mason will pay closer attention to keeping the block he is setting flush with the block below, both the bottom and the sides and to the string line the proper distance away from the block, this will greatly reduce the jolting in and out of the block or brick. Keep the block the same distance from the string line for every block that is set. Do keep in mind that block and brick do vary a bit in width and length, but this tip will surprise you at how it will improve the look of your wall, it will appear more flat and even, looking more professional. Keep your Bricklaying and Masonry top notch and people will call you as you develop a good name.