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Brick and Paver Patterns - Running Bond

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Brick and Paver Patterns - Running Bond

Laying bricks is similar to laying pavers, except you need to pay more attention to spacing and alignment. Running bond is one of the simplest patterns to create. Every second row begins with a half brick, offsetting the joints from the row to row.

4 Steps

  1. STRETCH A GUIDELINE
  2. LAY ROWS OF BRICKS
  3. TRIM BRICKS TO FIT
  4. FILL THE JOINTS WITH SAND
STRETCH A GUIDELINE
STRETCH A GUIDELINE

Step 1

STRETCH A GUIDELINE

Put a brick at the beginning and end of the first course. Stretch a line along the edges of the brick as a guide, anchoring the line with another brick, as shown.

LAY ROWS OF BRICKS

Step 2

LAY ROWS OF BRICKS

Lay a row of bricks or pavers. If they have no tab on the edges to space them, cut thin pieces of plywood to use as spacers. Embed the bricks in the sand with a rubber mallet. Start the next row with a half brick to stagger the joints. Alternate, starting one row with a full brick and the next with a half brick. Check for high or low spots with a 2x4 and add sand or tap bricks in place as necessary.

TRIM BRICKS TO FIT

Step 3

TRIM BRICKS TO FIT

To cut a brick, score a line around the entire brick with a brick chisel and a 3-pound sledgehammer. Position the brick chisel in the scored line, then snap off the extra length with the sledgehammer.

FILL THE JOINTS WITH SAND
FILL THE JOINTS WITH SAND

Step 4

FILL THE JOINTS WITH SAND

Once all the bricks are laid, sweep a layer of fine sand, often sold as mason's sand, over the walk with a broom or stiff brush to pack the joints between the bricks. Compact the entire surface with a power tamper. Some manufacturers recommend that you spray the surface with water to wash and fill the sand into the joints.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 3 hours

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