Recycling Brick

Red Bricks

Well known red brick that has long been the preferred material of construction after the WWII. Since then red clay has lost some its popularity to make room for colored glazed bricks or cement. With the renovation of old houses and new insulation needs, the old brick walls were demolished to be replaced with more modern materials (aluminum, vinyl, concrete …). Now tons of used bricks are found in landfills. You have a pile of clay bricks used; you plan to sell through classifieds sites, to get a few dollars. However, what else can you do? In several European countries, recycling of the brick is systematic. They are reintegrated into new buildings to give them the same patina as the older buildings. However, the use of this material in construction is risky because it is difficult to ensure the quality and strength of the used bricks.

Cleaning Used Brick

Also, cleaning the used brick is difficult. To remove the old mortar, you use a mason’s hammer and goggles for the hours of fun. Renovation companies are reluctant to build with a used brick because the cost of labor connected with the professional cleaning of the bricks makes the cost of the used brick often higher than the new brick. That’s one reason people prefer to give away their used bricks instead of reusing them.

Brick Cleaning Tools

Size and pattern

Generally, a brick measuring 20 x 6 x 9.5 cm (8 x 3.75 x 2.5 inches), a format that allows it to fit well in all directions. By cons, you will often deal with broken bricks that will serve you for the corners, or go around an obstacle. I wanted to avoid having to cut my bricks. So I forgot the herringbone pattern complicated that require lots of work adjustment. I let myself go with the inspiration of the moment, alternating the bricks a little in every sense. I could be more rigorous in respecting a predetermined pattern. However, anarchy is it not proper to nature?

Hollow brick or full brick?

The solid brick is the only one that can you’ll want to use for sidewalks. It is becoming increasingly rare especially in the cold country since it now the area prefers the hollow brick. The brick “with holes” is a recent invention. The holes are mainly used to form insulating air spaces, in addition to being lighter and less expensive. They are challenging to recycle as sidewalks because all the holes are different sizes. For my part, I use them in places not visible as the inside of the shed for my firewood.

Brick Roads

It is also possible to lay the bricks vertically. However, you need 33% more for doing the same job. Several European countries use brick this way to provide for roads because they can withstand the passage of heavy vehicles.

Building a Sidewalk

It is essential to fill the joints of your solid brick with dry sand which stabilizes and prevents the grass from growing. You can also use polymer sand for pavement joints, more expensive, but more resistant to ant nests ($ 22 for 22 kg). You can use the same sand as you sweep to fill the many holes in your bricks. Moreover, the effect is quite pleasant.