quality of brickwork
quality of brickwork

While on site, a site engineer must ensure that brickwork is in progress as per the quality requirements. Some of the general requirements for the quality of brickwork are mentioned below. Use this as a checklist when executing brickwork.

  1. The thickness of the joint in brick masonry should not exceed 1 cm.
  2. When the mortar is still green the face joints should be raked by a raking tool to a depth of 15 mm to provide a proper key for plastering or pointing.
  3. Brickwork should not be done in layers of more than one meter in height at a time.
  4. Check that the brickwork is in plumb.
  5. Check that the bricks are on course level.
  6. Check the quality of bricks in specific context
  • Strength
  • flourish
  • dimensional accuracy
  • water absorption
  1. Check that no brick bats have been used as queens.
  2. Check the strength of the mortar by scraping it with a sharp tool such as a screw driver.
  3. Check the quality of sand in the mortar. (Test for fineness modulus and silt content).
  4. Check the mixing of mortar whether by hand or by machine, whether the mixing is done on a proper platform or not.
  5. Check treatment arrangements.
  6. Green joints have been raked or not.
  7. Whether to soak the bricks or not.
  8. Check general quality of works in terms of correctness of lines, levels, thickness and joints.
  9. Whether the corners of the brick are properly provided by a proper brick and not by erecting brick bats.
  10. Whether plinth is provided with brick on edge in top course, window sill and RCC slab below and parapet.
  11. Whether the joints of the brickwork are completely filled with mortar, especially check the vertical joints.
  12. Check the type of scaffolding and whether it is properly tied and tied.
  13. Check reinforcement in brick partition wall, what is provided.
  14. Check the bonding of the cross wall with the longer wall.
  15. Whether the holes left in the brickwork during the execution of supporting scaffolding have been filled with concrete and not dry bricks.

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Er. Mukesh Kumar

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Er. Mukesh Kumar is Editor in Chief and Co-Funder at 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.