Building The Brick Steps
Brick steps are a very durable, functional and economical addition to any yard design. It will be more inspiring when people will admire that a person actually know how to build brick steps. The foundation is very important feature of the steps. It has to be remembered that steps bear a lot of pressure and weight daily. Foundation made from solid cement is very important for the durability of the brick steps. The area has to be excavated so the earth is exposed, a spirit level can be used for ensuring that the surface is perfectly level. The soil can be compacted if needed; a record of the dimensions of the steps should also be prepared such as width and height. This is because it will give an idea that how many bricks are needed for completing the project. First, a framing box has to be constructed from lumber before pouring in the cement. The cement has to be mixed according to the given instructions and then poured in a box to a depth of 6 inches.
It is recommended that the bricks should be completely wet up to a day before using them. This can be done a lot of hours before starting the work of building brick steps so that the dry bricks will not absorb moisture from the unsettled mortar. The first row of bricks must be laid with mortar of an inch between each bricks. It is essential that the first row or course should be level before the succeeding ones are added. Each step must have a height of 6 inches and a tread of 21.5 inches for an easy fit. Space allowances should be made for the width of the exterior or facing bricks.