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Brick partition wall
....Made With Trash
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.
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).
But it dawned on me....
(phhttt....yeah like I need a sauna in the garage, right?),
Not only is it ugly, but what an incredible waste of otherwise usable space!!!
I spent the rest 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
...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?
One brick led to another,
and after a while
it sort of broke up the monotony of fighting off the internal terrorists.
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.
(not even the commercial grade ring ties will serve any purpose when
adhered to most outside wall wood).
*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
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
*True Story, it was actually an 8" block wall with durowall
reinforcing, I'm raising my hand now as a first-person operator and witness
Also, anyone that has crashed into a brick partition
wall knows that nothing throughout the whole wall will remain intact.
(not admissable in the Clark County Municipal Court of Springfield Ohio).
Codes are Variable at least, a revenue-generation scheme at best
in my experienced opinion
So what reinforcing alternatives are there?
Well there's corners and piers and arched or square columns or pyramids placed intermitently within a stretch of wall or....
Anything is better than a piece of tin adhered to a movable wood wall.
When the mortar runs out,
fresh from the garden!
It's Watermelon Time
Okay, break's over.
but I know a Kubota tractor that can take that wall back down in less than a day!
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
Moving furniture around to get a feel of where things might go.
More of this?