My back yard has a block wall around it.
One of the sides is a row higher than the
others and I want to build the other two
side to be equal to the higher side. The
back wall faces a road and has stucco on
it. Thanks for your reply. I'm not sure that
this is clear.
I have no experience with block wall
or really anything similar. I was trying
to communicate that with the way that
I wrote the message. I think I can get
my neighbor to do the stucco when he
does his (he raised his fence). I guess
I don't know how difficult mixing and
putting the... well you know, doing the
block laying will be. Can I learn from a
I will defer to FireBrick as I am sure he has more experience that I do.
Just off hand, I would say that if you don't have any unknown problems
and if you are only planning to add a single row of block to a wall
currently in good condition and toped with a finish that you can remove or
work with, you should be able to do it. Building a four foot wall without
experience (not just a good book) is something else all together.
Sure you can, it's not really as difficult as it may look.
First off, the term is 'raise it another COURSE'.
One row of brick or block or whatever masonry unit is used is a COURSE.
Let's hope the wall is straight and plump.
All you need are the block which you can even buy at HD and some mortar.
Mortar is the cementitious material that goes between bricks/blocks.
It's made from a mixture of cement, lime, and sand.
You place the mortar on the edges of the existing top course, and 'lay' the
new block gently on to the mortar and make sure it's level and plumb.
Should be a book at HD which gives pictures that can explain the process
As for the stucco. Stucco is another variety of cementitious material made
of cement and sand. You spread it on with a flat type trowel.
The book again should explain better.
The average bricklayer can 'lay' ~ 250 to 300 8" block a day double
Just to give you an estimate of how long it may take.
That is one of the big if's. Is the cap made of a concrete brick shaped
solid block or a concrete material manually formed? In either case how easy
that is going to be to remove depends on what material was used, how well it
was applied and what the current condition is.
It may be as simple as a few hammer blows, or it could be many hours of
careful chisel work.
While it does not seem to be an issue in your case, you are not likely
to be able to match the joints that are on the existing wall. It is almost
certain it will be obvious that the additional block was added after the
fact. If you "stucco" it will not show.
I suspect that is going to make your job a lot more complex. If you
can't get a good smooth base to work on, adding an addition row is not going
to be as easy. With this addition, I would lean towards suggesting having
the pros do it. They will make it look easy so you will think you wasted
your money, but in reality, I think it would be money well spent. How long
do you plan on living there, that wall is likely to be there a long time.
First off, the term is 'plumb' and not 'plump'. Plumb is the vertical
equivalent of the horizontal term 'level'. Plump is what your
Ballpark Franks do in the microwave. :)
( Dontcha hate them typos that spell checkin' don't catch...? )
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