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Here some DIY tips and information about bricks and laying bricks that a home handyman will find useful.
Airbricks are perforated bricks which are built into walls to ventilate a room or the underside of a wooden floor.
A bat is a brick which has been cut across its width.
Brick veneer is a decorative exterior wall finish of one brick's depth in front of a wood frame.
Building Blocks are hollow or solid blocks of clay, gypsum or concrete. Because they are larger, building blocks are cheaper and quicker to lay than bricks.
Cavity Blocks are pre-cast concrete blocks which are shaped to form a cavity wall.
A closure is the name given to a longitudinally cut brick which is used to close the end of a course in a brick wall.
Coping is the top course of bricks and it protects the wall from rainwater.
Course - the name given to a horizontal layer of bricks or slates throughout a wall.
Use a bolster chisel to mark a line on all faces of the brick where it is to be cut by gently tapping the chisel with a hammer. Then place the chisel on one of the lines and firmly hit the chisel. The brick should break along the line.
Engineering bricks are very strong bricks. Because they are impervious to water engineering bricks are sometimes used for damp-proof courses.
Header is the name given to the end or short face of a brick, as it shows in the face of a wall.
Protect New Brickwork
Protect newly laid bricks from frost or rain by covering them with a tarpaulin or a sheet of polythene.
Stretcher is the name given to the longest face of a brick.
Here is a selection of household cleaning and stain removal tips and information that you will find useful.
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Please be cautious when cleaning items or trying to remove stains. Before using a cleaner or stain remover always do a test on a small piece of fabric that won't be seen to check that it won't change the colour or damage the item.
Stain removers need to be handled with extreme care. Always read and take note of any instructions or warnings on the label. The chemicals used in stain removers are often poisonous and highly flammable so make sure that you keep them safely away from children and pets. Always ensure there is adequate ventilation when using stain removers as they often give off dangerous fumes. Don't smoke when using them. Be careful not to mix stain removers - if you try one stain remover and it does not work make sure that you have thoroughly rinsed it away before trying a different stain remover. It is best to wear rubber gloves when touching any cleaning or stain removing products to avoid damaging your skin.