Building a Block Wall
Featured Product: Mortar Mix Type S
Before beginning construction, check with your local planning department to be sure you follow specifications for building walls and footers.
Typically, the foundation should be twice the width of your block. Confirm this specification with your local Building Code Department. Specifications can vary by location.
- Mix product according to package instructions.
- Begin by laying a bed of mortar on the foundation for the corner block. The mortar bed provides adhesion for the block to the block wall foundation.
- Use a block that is flat on one end for the corner block.
- Push the block into the mortar or tap into place using the handle end of a trowel or hammer.
- Check the level of the block and continue with the first course adding the interior blocks with raised ends.
- Be sure the first and following blocks are straight and level, otherwise the wall will not finish level and square.
- Typically, one end will be higher than the other for every block added. Tap the raised area into the mortar before moving to the next block placement.
- This method will continue throughout the build. Ensure all blocks of each course are level as you progress with the wall.
- Apply mortar to the raised ends of each block before setting in place.
- Continue the mortar-to-block process, alternating the block placement in a staggered block pattern.
- Once the first course is set and level. Begin adding mortar to the top of the set block as well the block being set.
- Use a string line and line block as a guide that each course is level.
- Once the blocks have been laid and the mortar is in place, strike off all excess mortar using a jointing tool.
- Press the tool firmly into each mortar joint to create a smooth attractive finish to your mortar joints.
For complete product information, please refer to the product data sheet.
- Concrete & Sand Mix
- Post Setting - Round Post
- Post Setting - Square Post
- Filling a Round Hole (For Post Supports) and Filling Sakrete Form Tubes
- Polymeric Sand/Paver Set/Perma Sand
- US Cold Patch
- All Weather Black Top Patch
- Maximizer Post Setting - Round Post
- Maximizer Post Setting - Square Post
- Maximizer Filling a Round Hole and Filling Sakrete Form Tubes
- Mortar Mix
- Surface Bonding Cement
- Top'n Bond & Flo-Coat
- B-1 Leveler
Calculated results will reflect how many bags are needed for Block and Brick.
Enter the number of bricks (8" x 2" x 4") or blocks (8" x 8" x16") in the box below that you plan to use for your project. The calculator will then tell you the number of bags you need based on the different size of bags we carry.
This calculator is based on a 3/8" mortar joint. All yields are approximate and do not include an allowance for waste, uneven subgrade or any other variations from the joint size and brick and block sizes noted above.
Results will change if form of measurement is updated.