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By Edmund W. Jupp

The purpose of the "Watching" sequence is to attract recognition to a couple of the very attention-grabbing goods round us, issues that maybe we do not discover up to we would. the 1st used to be "Bridge Watching", and while this was once placed "on the web" it produced, to the shock of the writer, this sort of friendly flood of email that one other was once written, known as "Water Watching". This, too, used to be kindly obtained. So it was once tempting to proceed with the topic. Brick-watching is a cheap hobby, that can flip an outdated brick wall into a thrilling locate, and produce for your awareness the fascination that's hidden from those that glance yet do not see, or maybe see yet do not glance. it's taken without any consideration that everybody understands brick is a lump of clay moulded right into a oblong block after which baked; yet there's after all even more to it than that. Armed with a bit wisdom, each brick constitution is an merchandise of curiosity, whatever to be spotted, might be to be jotted down in a list, or photographed, drawn, painted, remembered. the writer hopes that this light strategy will offer a few perception into the esoteric global of bricks, and may raise the excitement of discovering and learning the various brick constructions (including the multitude of attention-grabbing ruins) not just in the neighborhood yet around the globe. it could even convert the reader from being detached to turning into enthusiastic.

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Here the art of the bricklayer produces a practical pleasing effect. The Victorians were keen on their chimneys, and even on modest dwellings you can sometimes see the results of the bricklayer's art above the roof. You may sometimes come across metal chimneys with a helical fin running up round the outside. The purpose of this is to minimise wind-induced vibrations. As the air moves past a cylinder it sheds vortices alternately clockwise and anticlockwise downstream, and transverse vibrations result, like the wobble of a stick drawn rapidly through water.

Efflorescence A disfiguring white substance on the face of brickwork, usually due to the presence of salt. It appears during or shortly after the laying of bricks. It arises from the movement of salts to the outer surface of a brick. The brick-watcher is unlikely to see this on well-established walls, as it usually vanishes of its own accord, or is scrubbed off with a stiff brush. Engineering Bricks These are bricks of high density and accurate dimensions, strong and of low porosity. Facings Bricks of good quality and appearance, suitable for exposed faces of brickwork.

There are limits in the use of such equations, of course, since a very narrow foundation might be unstable. Generally, for small buildings, there are "rules of thumb" for such things. The next task is the "setting-out", and for our purposes we shall look at what is wanted for a straight length of walling. Having decided on where the wall is to be built we put a peg in at each end of a line, fixing the line of the wall, and dig away the top soil, to make a trench suitable to receive 34 Brick Watching the concrete for the foundations.

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