How to Build a Cinder Block Wall

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How to Build a Cinder Block Wall
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To begin the second course, apply a 1-inch-thick mortar bed along the top edges of the first. At each end of the wall, set an 8´´ x 8´´ x 8´´ cinder block, smooth side facing out. Known as half blocks, these smaller blocks are used to create a running bond pattern that lends strength to the wall. (To continue the pattern, begin alternate courses with half blocks.) Once both corners are in place, run a mason's line between them to serve as a height guide for the blocks to be added in the middle. As in the first course, butter the flanges on one end of each block you add to the middle. As you make progress and the wall begins to take shape, don't forget to turn the mortar occasionally. This will help keep it workable for a longer period of time. Also, remember that all the mortar joints--beneath the blocks and between the blocks--must be 3/8-inch thick. When you reach the final course, rather than using standard or half blocks, consider using smooth-topped cap blocks for ...

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