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.
(that would 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 space!!!
of the evening
digging it all back out.
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?
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.
*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 on
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!)
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