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When bricklayers go crazy
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Vic from Kenefick    Posted 10-29-2004 at 20:55:26       [Reply]  [No Email]

This is what happens.


deadcarp    Posted 10-30-2004 at 08:39:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
i read thru the posts and gotta tell you, this is quite a project.i was impressed one time in seattle too - it was raining and wasn't gonna quit - i drove the packard down one hill and here they're laying a brick wall and retainer, right during the downpour, mixer churning away and everything! they'd rigged a long tarp over the sidewalk and 10 guys were just workng away. by monday there's the new wall, tarp & everything's cleaned up & gone.
i never did much brick work but quite a bit of stucco so i know difference between a hod and a hock. this is a spec house i built 25 years ago, it took 1 1/2 years & about 300 batches of mud per layer of stucco. in front that's a 24ft sundeck for the mstr bedroom (& carport underneath.) trenches are for underground wiring.:)





Willy-N    Posted 10-29-2004 at 21:19:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Neat project! I allway was impressed how bricks looked on a building. Wish I had the tallent to do something like that. Mark H.


toolman    Posted 10-29-2004 at 21:26:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
mark one of the worst jobs i ever had was a bricklayers helper, you gotta get his bricks , then his mud (mortar) all you hear all day is them yelling MUD, i need more mud, not bad if they are good guys sometime though you get a jerk, one yelled MUD so much i gave him some a shovel full right in the face, i think i was about 16 then and that was a short job lol.


Vic in Kenefick    Posted 10-29-2004 at 21:35:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
LOL....we use lots of MUD. It is hard work but I have never been thrown in jail for laying bricks.


toolman    Posted 10-29-2004 at 21:45:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
yup it sure is hard work ,,oh i knew some bricklayers that got thrown in jail, camp job on a new mine , after work a bunck of us would get the company bus take us into town, to the pub, now the electricans were kinda calm , the carpenters were sorta laid back , but it would seem the iron workers, bricklayers and labourers, weren,t as laid back and after 2 weeks on without a day of and getting out of camp, well the bus back was never full and next moring after court there would be one waiting for latecomers lol.


Willy-N    Posted 10-29-2004 at 21:30:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Real hard job to apprentice on!! Mark H.


Vic in Kenefick    Posted 10-29-2004 at 21:36:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good place to start.


Willy-N    Posted 10-29-2004 at 21:39:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
I did mine as a Electrician. Not realy built to be a Brick Layer but I can sure pull wire! 30+ years later I got real tired of doing it tho. Mark H.


toolman    Posted 10-29-2004 at 21:33:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
yup you gotta be in good shape we had to set scafflos load them with blocks on this job, mix mortar, haul it in wheel barrows and shovel it up to them, get the fork lift and bring in more blocks an wire and never let them get outa MUD lol


Vic in Kenefick    Posted 10-29-2004 at 21:41:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
We got all of that, and more. This is a chemical plant and they want it all, even through chemicial spills.

Glad you guys are impressed.

Now you all may know why I want to retire to CasaBlanca.


toolman    Posted 10-29-2004 at 21:47:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
casa blanca don,t we all, im even thinking about joining gerrit and patria, if the winter s get bad.lol


Vic in Kenefick    Posted 10-29-2004 at 21:23:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
I love my job


Willy-N    Posted 10-29-2004 at 21:29:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I never could figure how the new guys who mixed morter up for the layers could deal with being yelled at all the time. I used to here them all the time yelling on the jobs when I was laying electrical pipes in the walls or foundations on jobs I worked on. Mark H.


Vic in Kenefick    Posted 10-29-2004 at 21:38:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Me either


Ron/PA    Posted 10-29-2004 at 21:07:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Geeze, where have you been? Are you working away? Looks like a huge job.
Does nearly every brick need to be cut? Looks like you'll have work for a while.
Good to see ya here
Ron


Vic in Kenefick    Posted 10-29-2004 at 21:22:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am wowrking on the Houston ship canel(sp) and we are building a new Sulfric Acid Unit. Most of these bab(Big A$$ Bricks) Need to be cut and some of them three or four times to make them fit with a 1\8 joint or less. We should be finished in about one month.


Vic from Kenefick    Posted 10-29-2004 at 20:57:45       [Reply]  [No Email]

Here's another picture of the job I'm on now. This is a firebrick job in a chemical plant in the Houston area.


Vic from Kenefick    Posted 10-29-2004 at 21:01:09       [Reply]  [No Email]

Last picture. Hope ya'll can see it. It's 24 foot diameter and 120 foot long. The bricks weigh 43 lbs each. I'm the sawman on the job and make all these cuts.


toolman    Posted 10-29-2004 at 21:06:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
what is it you building vic some kind of oven or something?


Vic in Kenefick    Posted 10-29-2004 at 21:27:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is a new sulfiric acid furnace and it is a big one. We got a lotta batterys that need acid to make electricity. They make tons of it every day but now they will make mega tons daily.


Clod    Posted 10-29-2004 at 21:04:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bricklayers earn their money the old fashioned way.Hard work and skill. It is an honest trade.Vic is a bricklayer not a can artist. Howdy Vic!


Vic in Kenefick    Posted 10-29-2004 at 21:32:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey Clod. You know we work and we produce. I have an honest trade and as a union member we have to work 8 for 8 or 10 for 10. We gotta produce good work and make it better than any one else. Thanks for the complement.


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