Diy Concrete Block

DIY concrete block projects range from simple garden structures to entire houses - if you're brave enough to tackle a project that size. They also include various boundary and retaining wall projects that involve using a specially designed DIY concrete block. So in this article we're going to consider some of the DIY concrete block options available to enthusiastic do-it-yourselfers.

First and foremost there is the range of units for straightforward building, using mortar to sandwich the units together with a particular bond, most commonly a running or stretcher bond. This is exactly the same bond used when laying bricks, where the units overlap one another in each course, so that the lines of mortar are staggered vertically, but in a straight line horizontally. These units range in size from big to small! For example one might be 390 mm x 190 mm x 190 mm, while another might be only 190 mm x 90 mm x 65 mm. Most are hollow so that they are not too heavy to work with.

While most of the above units are plain, some are manufactured with a decorative face, meant for the outside of the structure. These come in different colours including terracotta and other earthy hues.

Then there are the units that are manufactured to look like blocks of stone. They are moulded and coloured and the effect is sometimes quite remarkable. These may be used to build anything at all, from garden features to homes. Look out for products that are manufactured in a range of sizes, so that you can mix and match these and really create a "stone" masterpiece. For example, ranges that have jumper blocks that span two courses, and narrow units the size of bricks, plus others.

Another type of unit comes in the form of a screen blocks which have pierced patterns in them and are commonly used for patio walls. Currently they are not very popular, but you'll often see them on older properties.

Then there are a whole lot of really clever units manufactured to interlink on either the horizontal or vertical plane. Some of these are suitable for light terrace walls, while others are manufactured specially for building substantial gravity-retaining walls that depend on their mass for stability. They are available all over the world.

DIY Concrete Block Manufacturers

Manufacturers in some countries have produced dry-stack blocks which are really a stunning 21st century invention. These units are simply positioned one on top of another, effortlessly creating the stretcher bond needed for stability. You will need to lay a proper foundation and you will need a good basic understanding of basic building techniques to work with them. Other than that they're as easy to lay as Lego blocks. They're undoubtedly the easiest version of DIY concrete construction.


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