ON SITE QUALITY CONTROL CHECKS FOR BRICKWORK

Quality Control Check for Brickwork
Quality Control Check for Brickwork

Bricks should be soaked in water for at least an hour before using them for brick making in cement and lime mortar. Bricks should be sufficiently soaked before use but not excessively. The absence of effervescence when a soaked brick is immersed in water is the test of soaking.

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Bricks made of saline clay are not suitable for construction works. Such bricks show heavy efflorescence and scum (white powdery deposits) on the surface of the bricks. These types of bricks tend to crumble due to weathering and lose their strength over time. The surface of the walls becomes deformed and the plaster peels off quickly. When used in reinforced structures such bricks screed the reinforcement. New work should be kept wet during construction and for 10 days after completion.

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To make bricks in clay, the bricks only need to be immersed in a tub of water and not soaked before use.

When the work is not in progress masonry works such as the top of the walls should be covered with 12 mm of water for about 10 days. For this purpose the top of the masonry is provided with small clay mortar parapets around the edges and crosswise to form small ditches.

Add any mortar 1 . should not exceed 6 mm forscheduled tribe square brickwork in cement and 2. for 10 mmRa square brickwork in lime, 3. for 12 mmthird Brick work in clay mortar, and no joints shall be less than 5 mm in thickness.

Only mortar of proper consistency should be employed; Any subsequent dilution with water should be restricted. Mortar that is too thick or too thin should be sent back to the mixing floor.

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Bricks should normally be placed in the English binding with the frog facing upwards.

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The surface of each course must be thoroughly cleaned of all dirt before any other course is placed on top. If mortar has started to set in any course, the joints should be raked to a depth of 12 mm before placing the second course. When the top course has been exposed to weather for any length of time it should be removed and the surface of the second course should be thoroughly cleaned before any other courses are added. The work should be aligned evenly so that there is an even distribution of pressure on the foundation to avoid cracking; No part of the work shall be left more than 90 cm below the other.

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If any work is to be sharpened or plastered, the surface should be prepared as required. If pointing or plaster is not provided as a separate item, the joints must be struck and finished at the time of laying. Straight lines can be marked with a string that is pressed into the mortar.


When work is to be carried out on soils that contain harmful salts, only selected well-burnt bricks (preferably slightly more burnt) should be used for a height of at least 60 cm above ground level, as the bricks which Do not burn completely, they spoil fast. away in such a situation

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Er. Mukesh Kumar

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Er. Mukesh Kumar is Editor in Chief and Co-Funder at ProCivilEngineer.com Civil Engineering Website. Mukesh Kumar is a Bachelor in Civil Engineering From MIT. He has work experience in Highway Construction, Bridge Construction, Railway Steel Girder work, Under box culvert construction, Retaining wall construction. He was a lecturer in a Engineering college for more than 6 years.