POINTS TO BE OBSERVED WHILE SUPERVISING THE BRICK MASONRY WORK

Following points are to be carefully attended while supervising the brick masonry work.

  1. The bricks to be used should confirm the requirements of the specification of the work.
  2. The brick should be saturated with water so as to prevent absorption of moisture from the mortar. This is effectively done by providing a tank at the site of work and by immersing the bricks for a period of atleast 2 hours before the bricks are actually placed in a position.
  3. The bricks should be properly laid on their beds. The mortar should completely cover the bed as well as the sides of bricks. The bricks should be laid with the frog uppermost.
  4. The brickwork should be carried out in proper bond.
  5. The brickwork should comply with the requirements of the specifications for the work.
  6. The mortar to be used for the work should be of quality and of proportion as specified.
  7. As far as possible, the brickwork should be raised uniformly. But when this is not possible or when a cross wall is intended to be inserted after sometime, steps should be provided.
  8. In the brickwork, brick bats should not be used except as closers. All the brickbats of size less than half- brick should be rejected and not allowed to be used in the construction.
  9. Single scaffolding should be adopted to carry out the brickwork at higher level. Required headers are taken out to create supports for the scaffolding and they should be inserted when the scaffolding is removed.
  10. The brickwork should be carried out in line and level. The vertical faces should be checked by means of a plumb Bob and inclined surfaces, if any, should be checked by means of wooden templates.
  11. After construction, the brickwork should be well watered for a period of 10 days.

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