Experience of building with Red Bricks in Nigeria

Updated: May 23, 2021

Lessons learnt from projects.

● Ensure to verify detailed qualifications of workmen to be engaged on sight, Engineers, Architect, Quantity Surveyor, brick layers, casual workers

● Sit down to interpret the building plan with workmen that are supposed to work on site

● Use appropriate building method for the brick products in use rather than trying to dogmatically follow unproven method of brick laying designed for other brick type’

● Try to firm up arrangements for building work with the same set of workers that has been proven with the use of similar products elsewhere.

● The re-bar steel to be used for the reinforcement of the wall should be evenly spaced out bearing in mind likely window spaces which could well be reinforced with the aim of binding that section of the wall with the rest of the structure,

Rebar steel are better installed before the German flooring to avoid tampering negatively with (cracking) the concrete German floor.

● The re-bar steel if bent or out of alignment with the bricklaying thereby causing unnecessary alteration or disturbance to proper placement of the brick(s) to be laid; such rebar steel can be cut, replaced or realigned in such a way as to facilitate the intended use of it without compromising the alignment or integrity of built walls.

● The necessary horizontal link of the vertical rebar steel rods should be placed at regular intervals to weave the wall bricks together

● The triangular rebar steel rods at every corner are expected to be connected horizontally and tied together for reinforcement and holding the three rods together as a single entity,

● When and where necessary to cut bricks for use in the building process, ensure accurate and neat cut with use of appropriate power tools.

● All brick sizes must be the same for the building to ensure accuracy of measurements and expected aesthetic symmetry of the building.

● The width of all the brick to be used in construction MUST be HALF the length to ensure that bricks locks appropriately around edges/corners. Such inaccuracy can also create problem during bricklaying as they won’t stack well and there will be need for too many cuts that could impact on the overall aesthetic quality of the house walls.

● Whenever any equipment or part of used equipment is dismantled, such must be screwed back ASAP otherwise; such practice could lead to loss with the potential to slow down the work.

● Harvest all you can from the site before building commence (top soil, stone, logs, part of the landscape flora that could be left to beautify or positively impact on the finished home.

● Lateritic soil can be harvested on site while digging the suck away or the basement (where applicable). Usually after the removal of sub-soil layer.

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