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A bricklayer works with clay bricks, concrete blocks and other types of building materials in mortar.

Using these materials, a bricklayer or block layer they construct and repair veneer and full brick construction, partitions, arches and other structures.

However, if you’re thinking all a bricklayer does is lay brick after brick – then think again! There’s more to being a bricklayer than meets the eye. In fact, a single bricklaying project calls upon a variety of skills.

These include:

  • Reading and working from, plans and specifications
  • Sealing foundations with damp-resistant materials
  • Spreading layers of mortar to serve as a base and binder for bricks in rows, designs or shapes; and spreading mortar between joints
  • Repairing and maintaining clay bricks, cement blocks / bricks and related structures
  • Operating brick cutting machines
  • Erecting scaffolding (subject to licence requirements in some stages).

Bricklayers may have to work at heights and will generally working outdoors – even maybe working in tunnels and shafts too.

On occasions bricklayers might be working as part of a team.

Bricklayers / block layer could be hired as subcontractors on building and construction companies; or they can be a contractor tradie.

There’s a couple of skills you should know about good bricklayers.

  • Bricklayers enjoy practical work
  • Able to work at heights and outdoors
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Must have a technical aptitude
  • Team playes yet independent too
  • Physically fit
  • Attitude and attendance

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A positive rating is a great way to reward services that have been good to you. This improves their chances of receiving more clients and being able to continue doing the work they love.

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