Here are a few tips on laying your own bricks. Prepare a mortar mix that is neither too firm and nor too runny. Spread about a half-inch of mortar as a bed for each course. Cover the end of each brick with mortar and tap it firmly into place. Use a mason’s hammer to cut bricks in half, then stagger your joints and check that each course is level. Repeat this procedure for each row.
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