Dumped in my driveway
were two very large dump-trailers full of masonry and dirt.
The debris came from a
portion of building that was tore down in the City of Springfield.
Of the huge amount of
debris were salvaged 2 types of brick; all were solid brick with the
exception of about 100 figure-8 slump brick.
Brick partition wall
It started out simple and without any plan.
I wasn't sure why I was even doing this in the first place!
Will it be a closet?
...a place to put the trash?
...a porta-potty maybe?
something will go in there!
However, When I
awoke I had this brilliant idea to add a seat.
be the ugly, concrete-filled, thing on the right).
But it dawned on me....
Not only is it ugly, but what an incredible
waste of otherwise usable
So I spent the rest
of the evening digging it
all back out.
the next afternoon it was clear:
the seat idea,
the indoor Grill,
a place to put dry sauna rock things (phhttt....yeah like I need a
sauna in the garage, right?),
a place to imprison the capitalists (it's just not large enough
for the two monopolies that own our nation).
Maybe a place to serve them coffee?
Laying the brick "on-end" avoided all the build-up of mortar
that existed when the brick arrived on location. The excess mortar
build-up caused the brick from being able to be installed in a normal
fashion, which would be on their beds, rather than their faces (as
seen in all the photos).
Hand-cleaning each and every brick was not
Using metal wall ties purchased at Lowes
The less than 3/16"(of an inch) metal wall ties are installed into
the brick bed joints and adhered to the studs through the drywall as
seen on the left of the brick wall shown here.
*As a side note, In regards to PARTITION WALLS ONLY, having more than
a decade (2?) in masonry during my younger years, experience has shown
that the expense and wasted labor of utilizing wall ties are more of
an illusion of security perpetuated by the Codes Manipulations. A
heavy brick or block wall will not be held up by steel wall ties (not
even the commercial grade ring ties will serve any purpose when
adhered to most outside wall wood).
Since the non-commercial ties themselves are only about 8 inches in
length, bent in half would leave less than 4 inches in the brick bed
joints and 4 inches adhered to a wood stud (usually held in place by a
solitary screw or nail).
The problem is when the wood moves due
to natural weather conditions, it
potentially causes early termination or cracking of the
Also, anyone that has crashed into a brick partition
wall knows that nothing throughout the whole wall will remain intact.
*True Story, it was actually an 8" block wall with durowall
reinforcing, I'm raising my hand now as a first-person witness.
Codes are Variable at least, a revenue-generation scheme at best (in
my experienced opinion ";-)
When the mortar runs out,
It's Watermelon Time (fresh from the garden)!
Okay, break's over.
Initially the walls were intended to go to the ceiling. As luck would
have it, materials ran out.
The deficiency worked two-fold; mom didn't want the wall to go to the
ceiling so now I appease her, and the height allows for great storage
The many close-proximity corners add to the natural reinforcing of
the masonry partition wall (but I know a Kubota tractor that can take
that wall back down in less than a day!)
Moving furniture around to get a feel of where things might go.
More of this?