Building Brick Walls (Old School vrs. New School) Mike Haduck

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Chris Towerton : I love being a part of your travelling trades' school, that's for taking the time :-) ... Chris

Mikosch2 : "911, what's your emergency?" "There's a guy in the front yard, filming and talking to the wall."

Weedus : Bricks and Cinder stones are so much better then Wood... i dont get why Americans stick to their wooden houses... even in the nicer middle class areas...the people have wooden houses I would rather have a smaller house but made with bricks or this hollow stones which are filled with concrete. A typical german style house is the best... they dig a deep pit...that is cast with concrete then for the foundation,then on top of that the cellar is made.The Cellar walls then get coated in black stuff which is something like Tar,and insulated with styrofoam Plates,and then the digger comes and fills up the soil again around the cellar walls. And then on top of that they made the ground level floor. I think not much Germans would have survived WW2 when we would not have had our own personal Bunkers with our Cellars... Logs where put in the Cellar to support the ceiling wall,when the House on top would get Bombed and brake down,the cellar ceiling could take the weight. It was law that the Walls to the neigbour House where only 1 brick thick at a certain space,and a pickaxe had to be there too.. so when People got their houses collapse and they could not leave the cellar anymore,they could brake trough the walls until they reach a house which has a working exit. After a House Collapsed on its log Supported Cellar it became an excellent Bunker since now there was like 10 feet concrete rubble over their Heads which would act like a real Bunker...

James LeRoy : mike your a legend in all our minds. I really enjoy seeing "how the old timers did it". all that I have learned from your videos makes me appreciate old school masonry when I come across it. It's fun to impress my friends because I can explain some things to them. I corrected a tour guide in San Antonio Texas about effervescence and looked like I had some clue about masonry. If asked where did I learn that I tell them from "Mike Haduck School Of Hard Knocks!". keep them coming Mike! Love it!

Big Papi : The brickwork in the cathedral was awesome. Those old masons were real artists. Nothing more relaxing and enjoyable than laying brick, especially old, used brick.

Jenna Fearon : Not sure what made this video show up in my feed but I'm glad it did. I watched it through and found it fascinating and thought provoking, not to mention calming and comforting. My Grandfather was a brick mason (correct term?) in New England where I grew up, and now after watching the video I can see where that love and passion could come from. Thank you Mike, for sharing. :)

miguel roque : Trump , I think I found who's going to build that wall!

GlueC : I got here from a video of an astrophysics exam. Way to go, Youtube. That said, I learned stuff here. Neat, video.

Andrew Bobbin : "Water table is called damp course in th U.K. Also that bond is i believe called the "English Bond"

Phillip Landmeier : Thanks for posting this. Fascinating. I've seen brick and stone dating back 1,000 to 2,000 years in Europe and marveled at how it holds up. Here in the USA, the steps on a friend's restaurant are built with rebar. Water seeped in, rusted the rebar, which expanded and busted it all to rubble in just 30 years. Ridiculous.

Pete Moseley : Hi Mike, great video. I teach brickwork here in the UK and we cover several types of bonds, including English,Flemish and Stretcher and use the lime mortar. We use the "rules for bonding" to teach the students, I'm sure your aware of them. Rob Songer is a talented guy and gives a good explanation on YouTube. Keep the videos coming! Safe travels Pete.

David Renwick : Sort it out Mike - "Efflorescence" not "Effervescence." That's the fizz in your Elephant beer.)

MZ : so relaxing to watch while under the influence

Max : I have never in my life given a thought to a brick wall. But this was very interesting, thanks for sharing your niche knowledge to the world!

Jacob : I'm not a builder or brick layer or anything but I found this incredibly interesting, I've studied a bit of the basics of modern brick laying and I kept wandering how people did allot of this masonry work without all the modern anchorings and rebar, this more than answers it. I used to live in an area where the houses where built very quickly by miners over a hundred years ago from the local geology that still stand strong with little to no repair work done to them until very recently, knowing that modern brick homes last around a maximum of 100 years I thought we must be doing something wrong, evidentally we have.

TheSRBgamer63 : If i may ask,since u mention rust of classic steel rebar ,what u think about new fiberglass one ?.Is it any good,should we use it ?.

45asunder1 : That's why dey doo dat.

Tom Quinn : Beautiful place.

Gary Foster : That is so interesting, I'm going to look much more at old walls now. I'm British, and my house is pre-war (ie before 1900). My house has a layer of slate inserted in the brick course about a foot above the ground. Common wisdom is this was done to prevent 'rising damp' - water wicking up the brick from the wet ground. Have to say, it's more likely granite was expensive, so the slate 'damp proof course' was introduced by Victorian cowboy builders to save on costs.

Kasane1337 : I just came here to point out that "vrs." looks extremely weird compared to simply "vs.".

Mihai Bica : RoskildE! The E is not mute!!! :D I can't believe how irritating that pronunciation was! :D

594bolt : What are the winters like there? I hope there's no road salt being splashed on those walls.

Jeffrey Bresnahan : Another excellent and informative old school bricklaying video, you can't knock either of the century's old English and Flemish bond wall bonding systems mike.

Ron Fox : That wall is not 800 years old

not2tees : The name Haduck, you don't know if it's fish or fowl!

Jerry D : Modern building is done this way for several reasons. One is the expense. High skilled people require more pay. Quality materials cost more. Prefab is cheaper and takes less skill to install. An other is liability. And lastly way build something to last hundreds of years? As a nation (not every individual but collectively) we have no respect for old. That Danish house you showed if bought by an American would be gutted and renovated. I see it all the time. Family buys an old arts and crafts house from 1900, needs a little work, nope gut it and renovate it. Old factory from 1930 with nice looking masonry. Convert it into apartments, nope tear it down and replace it with a glass and steel apartment building. Why build something to last hundreds of years if it is only going to be torn out in 20-40.

Ben Stephens : Really enjoyed this... looking to build anything in Australia is a complete night mare nowadays with all the rules and things they want, and then, the buildings same only last 30-50 years. Why do we do all this extra work for worse results?! Here I think the problem is truly just to create more jobs. We don't have earthquakes usually, though in north east australia we do have to do cyclone rating

johnnytenjobs : In southern England they have some very old mud walls with thatched tops and I'm not sure what sort of foundation. The old adage is that a wall with good hat and boots will last well. Or something along those lines.

Bad Taste : I don’t believe this wall is 800 years at all. Try 350 years maximum. It’s not cement, it lime mortar, totally different. Just saying.

nougatbitz : I look at buildings from 1850 here in Europe and even when there is weathering, it adds to the whole appearance. Looking at most “modern” buildings it’s striking how bad these “new” materials age. The smooth white facades of these pristine cubicles strained with streaks of moss and fungus after a few years, it’s a horrible look - brutalist architecture failed in the biggest possible way in this regard. It’s rare to see these green stains on brick walks and buildings (modern and old) however. “Old”, more often than not means tried and proven.

massivereader : I live in a 110 year old brick house in Western PA. The cellar is fairly large cast cement blocks, although I've seen homes of a similar age where they used cut stone block. The walls are a single layer of exterior brick adhering to a vertically ridged terracotta-tile-looking stacked upright building blocks, which I guess was a precursor to modern cinder block used in the 1900's, with an internal wood frame for the walls & floors. The interior walls are wooden lathe covered with perlited gypsum and plaster. They used newspaper or horsehair behind the lathe on internal walls. The exterior brickwork seems to be holding up just fine.

Allen Baker : Awesome video/instruction as always Mike. If you could ever elaborate on masonry in hurricane areas and/or extremely strong and durable masonry roofs it would be much appreciated. TIA

P arjacpar : Your video was not able to teach me anything as did brick work for over 13 years before getting out of the trade when you laid bricks out on ground i would of used a concrete block in middle not only to cut the cost but to tie in the wall on one layer but then were not possible do a whole row with just bricks. A half brick is called a bat What you called plaster is is not plaster but render Thatched roofs need changing every 25 years Try checking out Cob and watall and dorb which has horses hair and urine as part of the mix plus cow shit

Jerry Scary : quality masonry in the US? what is made with quality anymore? especially when you have some ego maniac boss screaming at you to hurry up......USA is all about production.....not quality. greedy bastards.

AustralianPyro : I've taken construction courses for house design and never was I taught about what you covered in 15 minutes here. Thanks Mate from Australia

Al Capwned : I... Have no idea why this is in my recommended feed. But it sure was pretty interesting!

Marquis Projects : Could good soil have anything to do with it? Seems here in Texas, doesn't matter how well your brick work is, it's not going to hold up 800 years, the ground moves around too much.

Jeremiah Shine : Overhang is the key.

Kevin Queen : don't call it the *old school* call it the _Right School_

MrUniman69 : In the U.K. we have English Garden Wall Bond, Flemish Bond, Stretcher Bond, James Bond.....

John Doe : Food for thought, Take the best of both. Codes in the US, and globally among "modernized" places favor "energy efficiency" at the cost of severely reducing the life span of things. THere are ways to combine elements of lasting construction. I love log cabins with granite blocks for footings. Heavy use of crushed rock and gravel... There are ways to combine the best of both. I just wish people would use them.

luis fernando : Mike on tour keep it up..

whelk : Does old school brickwork meet modern building codes? They regulate the snot out of everything.

putnamehere hold ma doodle : I laid bricks over 13 years. I still enjoy looking at old brick work. The new stuff just does not stack up against nice clean old brick work. English bond looks one of the best. Anyways have a good day

O. Rothe : this man has a passion for bricks. I like it

james dickson : Old school is better mike like you say ,I’m from Scotland now living in Australia they build different I get your point👍👍👍

Jim Steinbrecher : its not like everyone "in the old days" was an expert, its just the crappy ones didnt survive. proper old school is with rocks, anyway, none of this modern "brick" stuff. ;)

ijc1958 : That brickwork wall at the start is called Monk bond and I don't believe for a second it is 800 years old they are factory bricks not hand made but it is still a very nice bit of work

Jonathan Fisher : Holy crap. I never wanted to know this much about bricks, but now I know. I've seen all of these wear patterns, you can tell who knew how to lay bricks and who didn't!

Kevin Dallas : Interesting. I knew NOTHING about brick walls before. Now I see that there's a wall in my house that needs some of those terra cotta shingles. Thanks