Rebuilding or building a garden wall from scratch is not normally a difficult job, here is how to do it-

Bricklaying depends on good weather and so do not try and lay blocks in the rain, in cold weather and never try to build with frozen blocks. This wall was built in July 2007 and it took much longer than anticipated because we kept getting rained off!

 

rebuilt wall

This is a picture of the garden wall that has been built and painted.

remove existing wall

There used to be a garden wall here and two disused outbuildings. A skip was hired and the buildings and wall were demolished as the wall was leaning quite badly.

wall removed

Here you can see where the old wall was. The old foundations were dug out to a depth of about 150mm and then concrete was poured and levelled into the hole so that it created a firm surface to start building on. A cement mixer is essential when doing a job like this, these can be hired or bought if you have enough use for it. Ensure the concrete has hardened before you start to lay blocks/bricks on top of it.

security fencing

It is a good idea to hire some security fencing if you are removing a wall that is dividing a property from a public place. This fencing can normally be hired out from scaffolding firms.

laying blocks

Because we are joining to the neighbours wall we will start to build each level of blocks from the right hand side of this picture, so that all the cuts will be at the join and not on the open end where the door will be.

You can see that I have set the first block and then used a string line to create a line to follow so that it meets with the existing wall. When the blocks are laid I can follow this line.

Never try to build a wall like this in one go, it is best to build it over a couple of days or the weight of the blocks above can force out the mortar from the joints below.

cover wall during rain

Have some waterproof sheeting at hand for when it starts to rain. Ensure the block work is kept dry until the mortar has hardened. When building this wall we got rained off several days in a row and it was very frustrating!

position first block

This shows the starting point for the first block. The blue wall is the neighbours wall that we are building up to and the green wall is the wall where the back gate will be hung. Start by mixing the mortar for laying the blocks and then lay a bed of mortar on top of the levelled out concrete, the depth of the mortar should be one - two inches. Ensure that the first block is level and that it is inline with the existing wall that you are building up to, use a string line as in the picture above.

 

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