Before I worry about making it look old
wanted to bounce off you experts how I intend to put the pier cap on.
Last course of bricks will be solid and level
its 2x 2 bricks in dimension.
The pier cap weighs a ton and is a 2/3 man lift to the top of the pier.
Clearly it will push any mortar out so I was going to use some type of
spacer or wedges
to make sure that the right size mortar joint is retained ( same as the
Any thoughts on this? .am I thinking along the right lines?
What are you worried about, the wind blowing it off?
Use a fairly dry mortar mix and hardly any will be pushed out.
Give the pier loads of time to harden before you even think of putting
it on, if it's that heavy.
If it has a significant overhang, then I would drill a blind hole in the
bottom and put a bit of rebar in the pier for it to locate on. That way,
if a clumsy lorry driver nudges the cap, it won't just push off.
If it does have a good overhang, make a stretcher out of two bits of
rebar, a couple of bits of wood (with notches in the end) as spacers and
some rope to tie the lot together . Lift it using the rebar, with
fingers nowhere near the cap. That way you can lower it ever so gently
and get it absolutely square as you lower it in place.
If it doesn't have a good overhang and it really is heavy, only put
mortar around the edges and put a couple of plastic bottles full of air
in the middle of the pier - make a hollow for the cap to go. Try the
bottles on the ground first to make sure they will carry the weight -
although I haven't found any 2litre ones that won't take that sort of
weight. You can lower the slab on to the bottles, with loads of gap for
fingers. Then stab the bottles with a long pointy thingy that makes a
pinhole. The slab will come down nice and slowly, whilst still being
manouevurable. The bottles will be a nice surprise for a historian..
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