Chapter: Civil : Estimation and Quantity Surveying : Specification And Tenders

Brick Work

The work covered under this specification pertains to procurement of best quality locally available bricks and workmanship of building walls of various thickness.



Scope of work:


The work covered under this specification pertains to procurement of best quality locally available bricks and workmanship of building walls of various thickness. In strict compliance with the specifications and applicable drawings.


Materials :


Brick shall be best quality locally available bricks and shall be got approved by the Engineer-in-charge before incorporation in the work. The nominal size of bricks (F.P.S) shall be 22.9 X 11.4 X7cm (9" X 4 1/2 X 2 3/4" ). Permissible tolerance on dimensions shall be +


3mm. in length and + 1.5 mm in width / thickness. The contractor shall get approved the sample and source of bricks from Engineerin- charge before procurement on large scale and shall maintain the same for the entire work. In case the size of bricks used in the work found lesser than the specified one for the whole lot : Extra cement consumed due to more number of joints and due to additional thickness of plaster than the specified in the tender to match with adjoining columns and beams, shall be to contractor's account. If the plastering to be done is more than the specified thickness to bring the plaster surface to perfect line, level ad plumb with adjoining columns, beams walls etc., the contractor shall be responsible to provide and fix chicken wire mesh to receive more thickness of plaster at his own cost and nothing extra will be paid on this account.

In case the size of bricks used in the work, found more than the permissible, the contractor shall chip out the exposed edges of bricks upto the required level of wall to receive specified thickness of plaster at no extra cost. Bricks shall generally conform to IS 1077-1970. In any


case minimum crushing strength shall not be less than 35 kg/ and water absorption shall not be more than 25% by weight. The Engineer-in-charge shall have the right to reject bricks obtained from any field where the soil have an appreciable quantity of sulphates and chlorides. The specifications for cement, sand and water shall be same as described herein before under cement concrete. Bricks shall be thoroughly soaked in water before using till the bubles ceases. No half or quarter brick shall be used except as closer. The closers shall be cut to required size and used near the end of the walls. The walls shall be raised truly to plumb. The type of bond to be adopted shall be decided by the Engineer-in-charge, but vertical joints

shall be laid staggered.


Workmanship :


Four courses of brick work with four joints should not exceed by more than 40mm the same bricks piled one over the other without mortar. Brick work shall not be raised more than


10 courses a day unless otherwise approved by the Engineer-in-charge. The brick work shall be kept wet for at least 7 days. Brick work shall be uniformly raised around and no part shall be raised more than 1.0 metre above another at any time.


All joints shall be thoroughly flushed with mortar of mix as specified in the schedule of quantities, at every courses. Care shall be taken to see that the bricks are bedded effectively and all joints completely filled to the full depth. The joints of brick work to be plastered shall be raked out to a depth not less than 10mm as the work proceeds. The surface of brick work shall be cleaned down and wiped properly before the mortar sets.


The adhesion between the brick masonry surface d the concrete surface of columns, beams, chajjas, lintels etc. should be proper by ensuring that the concrete surface coming in contact with brick masonry is backed / chipped / keyed, cleaned and cement slurry is applied so that a proper bond is achieved between the two dissimilar materials. It is responsibility of the contractors to ensure that there will not be any cracks / fissure anywhere in the brick masonry. In case the cracks appear subsequently in those areas, they should be made good by cement grouting or epoxy putty grouting/ poly sulphide compound grouting or as per standard modern specifications/methods with the prior approval of the Engineer-in-charge, at the cost of the contractor. All the courses shall be laid truly horizontal and all vertical joints shall be truly vertical. Specified mortar of good and approved quality shall be used. Lime shall not be used where reinforcement is provided in brick work. The mortar should completely cover the bed and sides of the bricks. Proper care should be taken to obtain uniform mortar joint thought out the construction. The walls should be raised uniformly in proper, approved bond. In construction of the wall, first of all two end corners are carefully laid to line and level ad then it between portion is built, with a cord stretching along the headers or stretchers held in position at the ends. This helps in keeping the alignment of the courses and marinating them in level. Similarly all other courses are building.


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