Brick Glossary

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Term Definition

To moisten and mix clay, plaster or mortar to a proper consistency.


Any unit of material which connects masonry to masonry or other materials. See Wall Tie.


Compressing and shaping the face of a mortar joint with a special tool other than a trowel.


Constructing the temporary end of a wall with the end stretcher of every alternate course projecting. Projecting units are toothers.

Traditional Masonry

Masonry in which design is based on empirical rules which control minimum thickness, lateral support requirements and height without a structural analysis.

Tuck Pointing

The filling in with fresh mortar of cut-out or defective mortar joints in masonry.