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Easy-to-lay brick border | DIY class

teacher avatar Mark Shorter, DIY expert!

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. 1 Introduction

    • 2. 2 Equipment

    • 3. 3 Digging out the trench

    • 4. 4 Mixing the sand and cement

    • 5. 5 Filling the trench

    • 6. 6 Placing the bricks

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About This Class


Hello and welcome to "Easy-to-lay brick border".

In this short and simple course, I'm going to show you how you can give your garden a makeover by adding a border of paving stones. Adding a brick border to your garden can make a huge difference, and it doesn’t take a lot of work.

In this course, I’ll go through all the steps, showing you how to dig out and prepare the trench and then how to lay the bricks to make sure everything looks flush and even.

You can access all my other courses using these links:

https://skl.sh/2FJc1Fz Gardening for beginners.

https://skl.sh/2MDnN86 How to spruce up your garden on a budget.

https://skl.sh/2NRLnij How to decorate your bathroom on a budget.

https://skl.sh/2Yv4hzm Make your own simple wooden planter.

https://skl.sh/2PTvX0i Make your own stackable vegetable planter.

https://skl.sh/2UsD6mA Make your own decorative planter.

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Mark Shorter

DIY expert!


Hello, I’m Mark and I love DIY!

For the past 15 years, I have been developing houses,  and in that time I have become an expert in everything DIY. I started out as complete beginner and found out that with a little bit of time and patience, nothing is impossible. If you scroll down through my profile, you’ll find plenty of courses that cover topics not only in DIY, but also in baking and gardening encompassing all my passions.


If you click any of the links below, you will have full access to all my courses plus every other course on Skillshare completely free for two months.


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1. 1 Introduction: hello and welcome to make your own brick border with Mark in the short and simple course I'm going to show. You can give your garden a makeover by adding a border of paving stones. Having a big border to your garden can make huge difference, and it doesn't take a huge amount of work in the course. I'll go through all the steps, show you how you can dig, goes on, prepare the trench and then had to lie the bricks to make sure everything looks flushed and even so, let's begin. 2. 2 Equipment: to make the big border. You don't designate breaks, but you also need some sharp sand and some cement. The usual need are a shovel, a wheelbarrow or a large strong container, which you can mix the Sanders Cement, a long piece of wood, which were we used to give us a straight edge, a spirit level or a small piece of wood to give us a flat egx. The time Asia and a rubber mallet. How many bricks they want A sunless Menschel need will depend on how many bricks you're going to be using. So we'll start by looking at how it worked. That act. Using your time measure. Work out how long your break board was going to pay to work at a time. A brick your need. Divide the total length of the border by the width of one of your brakes. For example, if your border is going to be 500 centimeters long on the width of one of your bricks is 10 centimeters. You do 500 divided by 10 and you get 50 so you'll need fixed. Once you know how many preach you're going to need, You can now start work at a temple Sunday. Essential need You will need four part sharp sand to one part cement. So for every four bags of 25 kilograms of sharps, Angela need you will need one back of 2025 kilograms of cement to give. My brick board is a very strong base. I use about a five centimeter thick son cement mix, which is the same thickness, is more bricks. I then take the total area length times that by the width of the trench, time of death, which in my case is five centimeters times by nor 0.16 which is the white of a centimeter cube of sand cement mix, and this will give you a total in kilograms. For example, if you have a trench that is five meters meters long, times by 20 centimeters, wide times by five centimeters. Deep mix only turns by no point no no one seeks. This will give you a total of 80 kilograms of sand and cement mix needed. In reality, though, you're probably end up needing a bit more than you've actually calculated. For once you come back the mix into the trench because your trench will not be the perfect width and depth all the way along. Even just a dip of the next few millimeters can add a lot of extra waiting Sundance Dynamics. 3. 3 Digging out the trench: taking guide the trench before you can start lying the breaks, you'll need to dig it and prepare a trench for them to sit in to give yourself a good straight age. You can use a long, straight piece of wood to give yourself a going place the length of the wood on the floor next to where you're going to dig your trench and movie. It won't break length away from the edge. You can place a few bricks on the ground where you need to dig to make sure the piece of wood remains evenly distance away from the edge. I recommend placing 11 at the beginning, one in the middle of the wood on one of the end. Once you're happy with your positioning usual shovel. Or if you have a grasp hedging tool to mark a straight line in the ground following the edge of the wood, the depth of your trench needs to be filed in two meters, plus the depth of you break. You can use your bridge to check your dicking deep enough as you go along. If you have dubbed your trench too deep, just fill in with a bigger extra soil, but make sure you stamp down the extra soared to compact it using your shovel. Dig a trench, which is void is the length of your brakes. The bricks need to sit comfortably inside the trench, so I recommend you dig a time to be wider so that there is enough space to play short breaks without it being too much of the squeeze. If it's too narrow, the bricks just won't see properly. When you have finished digging the trench, I would recommend that you go along and stamp down this or that. You just disturbed. If you don't do this, the sore won't be compacted and it might sink a bit after the Brinks Allied, a little stumping now will save a lot of hassle. 4. 4 Mixing the sand and cement: one should trenches talking. Ready? It started at the Sundance Cement, but how much sand and cement a we're going to need. The bricks will need a thick layer of sand and cement mix, which we're going to put at the bottom of the trench once got into me to sand where is approximately nor point nordnorge 16 kilograms so we can use these to quickly calculate how much will need length. Times with times, depth times Northpoint Nordnorge 16 The sand cement mixture is going to be four parts sand to one part cement. We're going to mix them together a little at a time in a wheelbarrow. The Sanders cement bags that are boy are the same size, so I tend to pour two bags of sand into a Wilbur and then half about the cement. This will give you your four parts to one ratio. Who, if you're about the difference or disease, you can seem to use your shovel toe at the right amounts. If you can't get approximately 20 shortfalls of sand and then four shovel fulls of cement, it will give you the same 4 to 1 ratio. As I said, we're going to mix a little bit of Sunday cement is a sign we won't miss it all in one go first, because the wheelbarrow isn't big enough. But secondly, because mixing so much in one go could take a long time, and you may end up with too much. When she pulled this under cement into the Wilbur, you can start to mix. The two together is important at this stage. To make sure the Sunday Cement Authority and evenly mixed, use your short to lift from the bottom and turn over on to the top. Repeat this over and over. Just start to notice that the mixture starts to take on a Grange brand color. Really scrape the bottom of the wheelbarrow with your shovel to my shovel. The sand and cement authority get mixed together. It might take a walk. It it'll probably mix, but once you're happy with it, it's time to start pouring the mixture into the trench we dug earlier 5. 5 Filling the trench: filling the trench. You can either tip of the wheelbarrow and pour the sand cement mix into the trench. Or you can use your shovel to put it in more carefully. Either way, once the mixes in start to spread it out, you need approximately five centimetre thick layer of sand cement mix at the bottom of your trench once compacted down, but you'll need a bit more to start your first Wilbur full obviously won't fill the entire trench. We're doing the border a section of the time. Spread the mixture out evenly along the first section of the trench, making sure you have a thick layer. It's time to combat it down. You can just use your feet to step heavily. Open down the trench, forcing the Sanders cement to come back down. Have to do in these. You'll probably find that you need to have some more. Son attended cement to get it back up to the five centimeter mark. If you need to add any more, make sure you stand that down, too. I find that to start. If you're in place of brick on the sand on, make sure it is sticking up above the level you needed to then won't stop down. It will sink to the required level. Once you're happy that you've compacted the sand and cement in north, you can get the length of wood or strikes age to smooth over the mixture, making level enough for the bricks to sit on. 6. 6 Placing the bricks: placing the bricks. Place the first break on the side of the trench, making sure it's flush against the frontage and it's it's level. If it doesn't sit level, then you might need to, even at the sand and cement it's underneath. Once you're happy that the brick is sitting evenly, usual rubber mallet to knock it down into the Sanders Cement mix a little. You need to be firm when hit in the break, but not overly firm. If you hit it too hard to this chance, you might chip will break it. So I recommend tapping the brake on all parts until it's a sunk down to the required level and is fully even. You want to push the break down far enough, so there's level with along behind it. It's handy if you have something else that runs along the front edge of the trench, such as some patio slabs or a planter. As you can use. These is a straight line to ensure the rest of the brakes seated. The same level is the 1st 1 Once the first brick is in place, you need to put the second break right next to it. Don't leave any spice push. The second Bricker's close to the first because you can and then just like before, make sure it's straight and use your route Molly to knock it down into the sand again. Tap the brick all over so it slowly sinks to the correct and even level. Make sure that you have pushed the breakdown enough, so it's a level with the first break. This is why it's useful to have something in front of the bricks to use as a guide that you can work, too. You can also use a piece of straight would or a spirit level to check the second. Rick is in line with the first keep going, adding one brick at a time, checking it in line and then using the Robert Malley to hit it down into the sand. After several books of in light, use a spirit level or a flat piece of wood to check. The bricks are all in line with each other. If any are out of line, then you can lightly tap these down again to make sure the noise and flush no keep going. Placing the breaks in the trench one is it's all him tapping them down on making sure they level with the previous breaks. Ebola. You now have a beautiful brick border. Just make sure they don't step on the brakes for a least 24 hours after putting them down, as this will give their cement enough time to harden.