The walls of a building are generally constructed by bricks and the method of joining bricks in different fashions is called brick work.
Brickwork in Clay: In this, wet clay is used for joining the bricks. The clay should be cohesive with permissible amount of sand. The thickness of clay/earth mortar is 12 mm and the maximum height of building constructed with clay is restricted to 2.5 m.
Brick work in Cement or Lime Mortar: In this type of Brick work cement or lime mortar is used. Cement mortar consists of Cement and sand with water in appropriate proportions and the lime mortar consist of lime and Surkhi with water in appropriate proportions. The thickness of the joint in this type of work is kept not more than 10.0 mm. Other materials such as stones and cement blocks are also used in brick work.One of the important points to remember while doing Brick work is that,the Bricks should be fully soaked in water before starting the brick work. If the bricks get dried during transportation from the wetting site to the place where brick works is going to be carried out, then again it should be made fully wet before putting it for use in brickwork. In any case very wet or dried bricks should not be used in brick work.