Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Laying the first blocks

With the footings completed and the first delivery of block at the build site it was time to get started on the next phase of construction (dry stacking the block walls). The first thing that we had to do was reset our string lines and find the house corners. Then we chalked lines on the footings so that we could place the first coarse of block.   

The first coarse is laid down the same as any other block wall. Each block is set in mortar and made level and plumb. 

The second coarse on up is simply stacked together dry (no mortar) in a running bond pattern. Each block needs to be sanded to insure they do not have burrs and stack together tightly.

The tarps and plywood were simply there to block the sun (almost 100 outside).

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.

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