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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:10 pm 
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I am planning to build some seating & a wood storage hut using concrete (breeze) blocks. The seating would be simple, 2 blocks high at the front, 4 high at the back & lenghts of wood to create the seat. The wood Storage would be approx 1200 x 1000 x 1500mm high. Will I need to dig out & lay concrete foundations for these? or could I simply compact the ground and lay some flat slabs using concrete to give me a flat base to build up from?

Once I have built these I want to render then paint them. I'm not looking for a very clean sharp line finish with the render, something slightly rustic. Any advise for what to use for the rendering would be great, Is there a simple ready made mix.

One last thing. As I've never layed any bricks before and have been looking online for tips & advice, I have come accross people who have basicaly glued bricks together on smaller jobs with the likes of no more nails or gripfill. Would this be an option for me here with what I am doing or should I stick to the traditional mortar?


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One last thing. As I've never laid any bricks before and have been looking online for tips & advice, I have come across people who have basically glued bricks together on smaller jobs with the likes of no more nails or gripfill. Would this be an option for me here with what I am doing or should I stick to the traditional mortar?


Mortar, anything else is a bodge. as for the other questions... :dunno:

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As wine~o says use mortar. I have seen glues or more specifically resins used to secure stonework or brickwork but it was only on a rare occasion where achieving a really secure fixing was required or where a speedy result wanted but it really was a rare occurrence . Reasons were that resins and glues are firstly expensive for using to put blocks togetherr and frankly sand and cement ( or lime) is more than adequate. At one time there was , and still is for all I know , an argument as to whether mortar is there to glue the bricks together or to hold them apart.
As to the render , sharp sand , cement and perhaps lime would be more than adequate and not too expensive to practice on. Perhaps someone with a bit more experience in rendering can offer more detailed advice.


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