Tips for blocking up an archway

6 Oct 2009
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United Kingdom
Hi all,

I'm about to embark on a 9 day diy-extravaganza, involving demolishing walls, boarding up and moving doors, etc. :S

One job that's currently got me concerned (because I've never done it before) is blocking up an archway. This is a supporting wall, and the bricks in the wall are laid flat, so I've gotten in a stash of breezeblocks, sand and cement to block it up instead of doing studwork and plasterboard.

Any tips on laying breezeblocks indoors? For example is it worth soaking the blocks in water just before laying, how thick a bed of mortar should I be going for, best way to key the blocks into the existing brickwork, etc.

I know there're a lot of questions there, but any advice much appreciated!

Russ :)
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