1. Visiting from the US? Why not try DIYnot.US instead? Click here to continue to DIYnot.US.
    Dismiss Notice

Using old Engineering bricks for pathway and dwarf wall

Discussion in 'Building' started by robbie77, 11 Mar 2019.

Tags:
  1. robbie77

    robbie77

    Joined:
    6 Nov 2008
    Messages:
    414
    Thanks Received:
    10
    Location:
    Durham
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Hi
    I am planning an extension that will involve removing some old outside walls. I would like to reuse the bricks to make a path and patio and also to build a dwarf wall.

    Will the bricks be OK for the path and patio? This is the look I was wanting
    20180413_123811.jpg 20180413_123819.jpg


    Also I was wanting to build a dwarf wall with the bricks with some sand/ cement maybe 6:1? Do you think the bricks will be OK with this as the repair to the wall (one being knocked down) made with sand cement made some bricks blow out . Is this because they used too strong a mix or is it Lime or nothing with these engineering bricks?

    blown bricks with attempted lime repair (decided to build extension here instead)

    [​IMG]

    Thanks
     

    Attached Files:

  2. Sponsored Links
  3. ^woody^

    ^woody^

    Joined:
    3 Sep 2006
    Messages:
    29,281
    Thanks Received:
    3,782
    Location:
    West Mids
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Not engineering brick are they? If not, no for path, if you like for wall.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  4. robbie77

    robbie77

    Joined:
    6 Nov 2008
    Messages:
    414
    Thanks Received:
    10
    Location:
    Durham
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Thanks Woody. Yeah they are engineering bricks. Can I build with them with a normal sand cement mix do you think like a 6:1 mix?
     
  5. ^woody^

    ^woody^

    Joined:
    3 Sep 2006
    Messages:
    29,281
    Thanks Received:
    3,782
    Location:
    West Mids
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    If the wall is going to be exposed, then a 4:1 would be better.
     
  6. robbie77

    robbie77

    Joined:
    6 Nov 2008
    Messages:
    414
    Thanks Received:
    10
    Location:
    Durham
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Right. The extension is going up using the old bricks. As stated they were originally but using lime. Builder is reusing on cavity wall using sand cement. Will this be OK. I am a bit worried about them cracking in frost etc as water can't escape or am I worrying too much?!
    Thanks
     
  7. ^woody^

    ^woody^

    Joined:
    3 Sep 2006
    Messages:
    29,281
    Thanks Received:
    3,782
    Location:
    West Mids
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Cavity walls and sand and cement have worked for millions of people for decades, so I think you can sleep easy.

    You are going through the council's building control aren't you? They will confirm whatever the builder proposes to be acceptable or not, and inspect parts of the work.
     
  8. DIYnot Local

    DIYnot Local

    Joined:
    3 Sep 2019
    Country:
    United Kingdom

    If you need to find a tradesperson to get your job done, please try our local search below, or if you are doing it yourself you can find suppliers local to you.

    Select the supplier or trade you require, enter your location to begin your search.


    Are you a trade or supplier? You can create your listing free at DIYnot Local

     
  9. Sponsored Links
Loading...

Share This Page