Brickwork – 45 Degree Corners
One of the things that really annoys me as I walk around is 45 degree bends in brick fences like this photo.
Bricks are meant to be laid so that they fully interlocked and this is a long way short of that.
I have even seen this type of corner on a house, where the joint will lead to penetration of water into the wall.
What this tells me is that someone:
- Didn’t understand what can be done.
- Planned the work poorly.
- Tried to save money.
- Employed dodgy bricklayers.
The photo on the left is what a proper 45 degree brick corner should look like.
It uses a special brick which is called a squint.
These brick are a special order, so they take time to be delivered, and they are more expensive……………….but they do make a much better job!
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