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building guide (building a Garden wall)

Posted by D&LBUILDERSBRISTOL on Thursday, April 12, 2012 Under: tip of the day

"Bricklaying is a skill that requires a long time to master .however there is no reason why the DIY enthusiast should not
Have an attempt in building a garden wall and to feel proud you built it and to show to your freinds.
However there are a few things you must consider before starting the wall. Below is a list of things you may have to check
before starting.
.1) Depending on the hight of the wall you may have to apply for PLANNING PERMISSION the legal hight befor you need
planning is approx 2m (6ft) any wall that exceeds that will need PLANNING.
.2)When digging for the footing of your wall (foundations)you must make sure you dig down deep enough one of the most
common mistakes for a DIYer is that thay do not do a foundation suitible for the wall thay are building causing movment to
crack the wall due to the foundation moveing under the wight of the wall .for best results aways dig down at least 500mm 
regaurdless even if the wall is not that big by doing this will mean the wall will last  the  length of time .around 250mm
of concerete should be then poured in with concrete(let dry at least one day).  blocks then laid block on flat up to just underside of footing giving a good stable base for your wall remember if you are building a garden wall that is 215mm wide which is the most common form then you need to makes sure the footing is at least 150mm wider ethier side this is to prevent any chance of the wall sliding of its footing over time this princible applys to most footings in general however wide  the build is have at least 150mm ethierside on the footing.
 (make a wetish mix when pouring footing as it will help to get it level and will save alot 
of time marking up as we all know water finds it own level and so will your concrete as long as your foundation is rather level and you have pegged it with a level.the best way to do this is to use bit of timber at the same length and hit them in the ground with a hammer once you have placed the first peg in at 250mm from top of timber to the bottom use your level to peg the rest of the footing each peg needs to be the length of your  level  and evey time you put in a peg you need to turn the level  on the spot this gives you a more accreate reading continue this process down the footing untill completed then
pour you concrete to the top of the pegs the concrete ratio needs to be 1cement to 5 chippings & dusts.

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