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4th gen you sound knowledgeable enough but you come across as a total ass hole. Piss off.
I agree, except for the knowledgeable enough part.
 

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If I can get 2 or 3 masons to quit banging away unnecessarily, I'm a happy :censored:hole, and they'll go home every week with more $ and less hurt for the rest of their now longer careers...

Hate me all day, o-kay, hating knowledge is limiting you and your families future.:mad:, the more a fact conflicts with your current world view, the more important it is to find out if is true, and if you need to act.

I spent years and thousands of $ learning what I know, You don't want my facts and opinions, quit reading when you see my handle.
Someone says the sun rises in the West, I'll speak up...

I'm here to learn what I don't know, stuff my competition and contractors won't share out of selfishness, I share because no one here is my direct competion, it won't cost me a job, or cut my margins to exchange "secrets" with someone 500 miles away.
Sometimes even nail benders can teach me something. Not very often though... Why are aholes hated? life would be pretty nasty without them.
 

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I change the way I lay brick depending on the brick, the weather, are the bricks wet, is the mud sandy ect.

A waterstruck brick you shouldnt be tapping regardless.

Different situations calls for different techniques.

But when all you do is slam to a line all day like a robot, then yeah the palm wiggle is better.

Try that doing tedious arch work.

Everything has its place, and being an old bastid you should know that :)
 

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My customers pay me for what I already know, not what I'll learn on their building... I'll use that in the future.

Would you hire a Doctor that was learning while working on you?:confused1:

When you finish school, what do you want to do NJ?
 

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listen t'all of ya's.
any Mexican that doesn't know none of this crap can out work ya day in and day out
 

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When you put up leads you tap the level all day long. On a chimney this is how I do the sides.....tap tap tap
Tap the level? I never heard of it....I was taught to put it at a slight angle along the front edge of the course and hold with one hand and range the couses with the trowel in the other hand.
The top leed brick gets layed by eye quickly plumbed on the long end then the other. The bed joint is key to watch and it usually amounts to checking level every 4 or 5 courses. Tops of bricks are rarely straight but when they are, I place the level over the opposite leed, put my hand over it and shimy the brick down cleaning the mortar as it oozes putting it back in the pan... if u can't the bricks are dry!

Back-blading keeps pasticity aids in speed laying but a rare tap is normal and everyone has their way. Depends how and who you learn from although when a beter way comes along, best to adopt.

As to leather be bad I never seen it except when a person threw hi trowel in a bucked of water! The leather swells then shrinks and unravlels. I still have my dad's teaspoons we use for parging stone basements. The rose was always my favorite as was the masonry school's. I wore many plastic handles down to the shank for stone work and it was kind nice when the handle conformed to your grip.
The wood end of the leather handle does flare from taping but not much as it acts as a governor of what not to do....

I used to oil my dad's levels and leather handles as a kid with used motor oil...wheel barrow handles too!
 

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A shove joint here is a unit pressed into final position while the head and bed joints are extruding some mortar. not the 'slush' joint you described.
I use the cut off mud to wet the edge(s) of the right hand head joint so the buttered unit's mortar fill the head joint completely eliminating the need for "tuckpointing" prior to tooling the joints.

Your previous source fails to test the loss of tensile and torsional strength caused by the hammer techinque.
Masonry Engineers rarely test for either because its so much cheaper to do a squeeze test than the others

How do you ensure the bed joint is still in 100% contact with all Four units after impact? The fact that you have to increase the pressure several, 10 ,20 100 x over just the strength of your arm/shoulder creates voids when the pressure ends and the mortar stops flowing to fill the voids created during the impact event.
If I had a friend, one that never worked on my walls, and he insisted on tapping units, I suggest waiting till the whole course was laid and then doing them all at once... to lower the lost production....
If your mortar is so weak that a few psi is needed, add some portland, take out some of the lime dust...

I can't ever see tapping units laid to a line as a bonafide bricklaying method... I could be wrong...But it is very very unlikely in this case.
I use the shove method and when things are right its almost 3 brick to 1 advantage. If u angle plow it slightly most of the motar comes to the ouside head joint... just before it homes in I throw off any mud and quickley paste a little to the incoming brick's outer edge with the back tip of the trowel... it stops excess fall out and avoids tuckpointing the heads. No mud is dropped behind the wall as I was taught to take the trowel and slick it upward a bit half way into the process before it falls and cloggs the air space. It sounds labor intensive but it becomes second nature and very fast. Tapping isn't needed but it happen and quite common on chimneys etc. The most impotant thing is keeping the brick moist and mortar plastic then jointing is a cinch.
 

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My customers pay me for what I already know, not what I'll learn on their building... I'll use that in the future.

Would you hire a Doctor that was learning while working on you?:confused1:

When you finish school, what do you want to do NJ?
Just a small joke, relax a little. :thumbsup:

But to answer your question, do you honestly think that the first day you walked on to a job site you knew everything you needed to know? You have learned on customers projects your whole life. What about new products? Do you refuse to use them so you are not learning on a customers building? Any trade is a life long learning experience.

I recently had surgery at a teaching hospital. So I guess I would :laughing::laughing:

When I finish "school" I will either be retired or dead.
 

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NJ Brickie, I'm just jealous you're getting paid to "go to School".

I'd use your Doc AFTER shes practised on you...:blink:

Stuart45, 1. Nice job, but the indoor pool makes it into a HVAC nightmare, the General C/ PM will cheap out stainless, epoxy rebar etc... rust than crack city, may be a chlorine free pool ? UV light and salt water?

London is supposed have invented Party wall underpinning law (suits).... I hope this guy already bought the adjacent houses.
It'd probably be cheaper to move/ demo the old house if the city permits would allow it.
Crazy laws lead to crazy buildings, When will Brits revolt?

I've built a couple tiny gun bunkers, or various kinds of low profile vaults, most not on the prints. I never guarantee that they stay dry.
 

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Don't think there's much chance the City would allow a demo. In London you spend £10 million extending your house and find it's added £20 million to the value.
 

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I liked the poor guy that had to pay a 825,000 pound "fee" ex post facto for his little tween houses tunnel.

The local land grant university town has been captured by Eco-socialists on the city council and in the building permit office, Permits are 4% of value and up, 700 pages zoning regs.....for 50,000 people living in the middle of a giant corn field.....Not a single city inspector was laid off when the building trades collapsed to 40% of peak, they just doubled remodeling permit costs. Big City, Little town, same parasites
 
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