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Bricklaying [May. 6th, 2008|07:51 pm]
Tony Grist
The garden wall is falling to pieces. Someone I spoke to about it- someone who claimed to be in the know- said, "Well you can't blame the builders; they got issued with a bad batch of bricks."

He went on to say that there's no way of telling in advance whether a brick is good or bad- you just have to build it into a wall and see how it lasts. I find this hard to believe:  surely any decent craftsman has a feel for the raw materials of his trade?

Anyway, I don't mind the way the wall looks- crumbly brick is picturesque- but having the wrought iron gate fall out of the gatepost was inconvenient.  So I had a long think (lasting about half a year), mixed up some mortar ("same consistency as cake mix." said Ailz) and glued everything back together. I didn't have a lot of confidence in the outcome- because I'd never laid a brick before-  but I tested the work this morning and it was solid. 
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2008-05-06 09:28 pm (UTC)
Ailz was right. It's like grainy cake mix. So you cemented the gate back into place? Excellent!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-05-07 09:17 am (UTC)
Yes, we've once again got a gate that opens and shuts.
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