Springfield Ohio's Kenny Hendrick while still aliveKenny's Projects

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


....Made With Trash

It started out simple and without any plan.

Debris from demolished Hospital in Springfield

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.

(that would be the ugly, concrete-filled, thing on the right).

Dumb Idea with concrete

But it dawned on me....

Not only is it ugly, but what an incredible waste of otherwise usable space!!!





So I spent the rest

of the evening

digging it all back out.

Springfield Brick Seat Fail

By the next afternoon it was clear:

Vanquish the seat idea,

vanquish the indoor Grill,

vanquish a place to put dry sauna rock things (phhttt....yeah like I need a sauna in the garage, right?),

vanquish 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?

Brick Masonry in Springfield Ohio

Brick Wing Walls and Corners

Weep hole in brick to allow drainageUsed brick laid on-end

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 an option.

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.

Brick meets drywall with wallties

*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 brick wall.

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 ";-)

Springfield reclaimed brickSpringfield Ohio Brick Breathe Second Life

When the mortar runs out,


It's Watermelon Time (fresh from the garden)!

Springfield Garden Watermelon

Springfield Garden Watermelon

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 on top!

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.

Furniture being fit into brick wallBrick Wall ProjectAnother type of brick for columnStone is in the future

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