Figure 8-38.-Making a bed joint in a stretcher course.
Figure 8-40.-Making a head joint in a stretcher course.
(figure 8-38, view 1). A furrow that is too deep
leaves a gap between the mortar and the bedded brick.
This reduces the resistance of the wall to water
Using a smooth, even stroke, cut off any mortar
projecting beyond the wall line with the edge of the
trowel (figure 8-38, view 2). Retain enough mortar
on the trowel to butter the left end of the first brick
you will lay in the fresh mortar. Throw the rest back
on the mortar board.
Pick up the first brick to be laid with your thumb
on one side of the brick and your fingers on the other
(figure 8-39). Apply as much mortar as will stick to
the end of the brick and then push it into place.
Squeeze out the excess mortar at the head joint and at
the sides (figure 8-40). Make sure the mortar
Figure 8-39.-Proper way to hold a brick when buttering the end.