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Calculating bricks and blocks


bricks - blocks

One aspect of brickwork which often causes confusion is estimating how many bricks
or blocks will be required for a planned wall - you don't want to run out before you
finish but you also don't want a pallet load of material left unused when you have
finished. Making these estimates is fairly straight forward using just a few figures.

First the number of bricks/blocks for the total wall is calculated, then the additional
number of bricks for any piers. These are added together and then a 10% allowance
should be added for wastage and breakages - the figures below do not include this
allowance.

Calculating the number of bricks


Standard, UK, metric bricks are roughly 215 x 102.5 x 65mm, the mortar joints used
are normally about 10mm both horizontally and vertically.

Half brick wall

A half brick wide wall requires 60 bricks per square metre.

So the first stage is just to measure the height and length


(including any piers) of the wall in metres, multiply them
together to give the area in square metres, and then multiply
this by 60.

So the total number of bricks for the wall is:

wall height (metres) x wall length (metres) x 60 = number of


bricks

One brick wall

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A one brick wide wall requires 120 bricks per square metre.

So the first stage is just to measure the height and length of


the wall in metres, multiply them together to give the area in
square metres, and then multiply this by 120.

So the total number of bricks for the wall is:

wall height (metres) x wall length (metres) x 120 = number


of bricks

Single brick piers in half brick walls

Where single brick piers are built into a half brick wall, each
pier requires an additional 14 bricks per vertical metre.

So the total number of bricks for the piers is:

number of piers x wall height (metres) x 14 = number of


bricks

One and a half brick piers in a half brick wall

Where one and a half brick piers are built into a half brick wall,
each pier requires an additional 34 bricks per vertical metre.

So the total number of bricks for the piers is:

number of piers x wall height (metres) x 34 = number of


bricks

Calculating the number of blocks


Standard, UK, metric blocks are roughly 450 x 215 x 100mm (some are thicker but this
will not effect the number of blocks required per square metre of wall), the mortar
joints used are normally about 10mm both horizontally and vertically.

A single block wall requires 10 blocks per square metre.

So the total number of blocks for the wall is:

wall height (metres) x wall length (metres) x 10 = number of blocks

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