Masonry stones better are moist (or wet) when used. Otherwise they draw too much and too fast water from the mortar, causing the cement cannot adequately react and harden. To make bricklaying nice right you stretch a string between two perpendicular profiles. Tap each stone firmly into the mortar. Between the stones remains a gap of 12 to 15 mm mortar. Note that every stone lays in the length, width and height straight.

metselverbandenJust above ground level is a (ground) waterproof layer placed.
At a stretcher bond, the head of each stone is in the middle of the underlying stone. Keep on the entire height this end joints straight one above the other. (Other bonds are of course also possible.)

Half a stone, you can also fire, but usually there are plenty that break so you have parts in various sizes. These days they are also cut ​​ to measure with a grinder. Before, we just did that through hard chopping, around the stone, with the edge of the trowel. The brick broke at least 8 times in 10 at that precise face.

You can lay bricks to a height of approximately 1.5 meters in 1 time. This also depends on the weight of the bricks, the work speed, the strength of the mortar...
Scratch the mortar before it is dry 15mm deep way to add after 2 or 3 weeks. (Or do it right away.)
Make the joints wet again before filling them. The grout is quite dry. Push it with the pointing trowel from the (the grout float, or overturned trowel) firmly into the joint. After filling you brush the wall.