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What does bricklaying include?

Bricklayers employ a range of skills needed to build and repair brick walls and structures. Here are some of the jobs you can ask your bricklayer to help with and what you can expect from each:

Brick walls for homes

One of the most common jobs your bricklayer can help with is building or repairing the brick walls inside and outside of your home. They’ll help you select the right brick to match your home, before laying each brick individually using a guide to ensure a strong, attractive finish. Your bricklayer will use a trowel to spread mortar on the bottom and sides of each brick, and will knock on the brick to remove any air bubbles from the mortar. Then they’ll remove the excess mortar with the trowel. 


Paving is a popular option for driveways, patios, and footpaths because pavers are affordable and easy to maintain (if one breaks, you can easily replace it). Your brick paver will start by preparing the surface. They may need to excavate the area slightly and lay down a level base material like crushed rocks, followed by a mixture of sand and cement. Then they’ll lay your pavers down in the pattern you’ve chosen, before sweeping a mixture of sand and cement into the cracks, then setting them with a hose.

Block retaining walls and fences

Your bricklayer can create brick fences, retaining walls, and even garden edgings for raised garden beds. They’ll use a similar process to building standard brick walls, but they’ll need to choose bricks that can stand up to harsher, more exposed conditions. Once they’ve laid bricks to the correct height, your bricklayer may finish off with a different brick or technique to cap the structure and add interest.

Small bricklaying jobs

Your bricklayer or bricky can also help with other smaller jobs like building custom mailboxes using bricks that match your home. Your mailbox installation will involve laying the bricks using mortar between each layer. Your bricklayer will incorporate a “box” section to collect mail and add your house number. Other small bricklaying jobs include brick fireplace installations and repairs, and even rendering. 

Recent Bricklayer tasks in Hobart

Brick layer to rebuild a retaining wall


Berriedale TAS, Australia

7th Feb 2022

Looking for a brick layer to build a 5x1 metre retaining wall of H Blocks. Approximately 100 blocks. All the prep work will be done.

Brick letterbox


Sandy Bay TAS, Australia

24th Aug 2021

Brick letterbox for a block of 3 flats. I will supply the bricks, the 3 letterboxes and internal adjustable sleeves. The letterboxes will be front opening. Approximate dimensions = 1200 wide x 1200 high x 360 deep I need you to pour a reinforced concrete slab for the letterbox to go on, with starter-bars coming up approximately 300mm to reinforce the letterbox itself, then build the letterbox.

Brick layer


Hobart TAS, Australia

14th Sep 2020

Need a old window bricked up. Measurements are 1520 (w) by 1300 (h). I have the bricks. Available any weekend to have the work done.

Restore loose brick column, 4.5 bricks * 15 levels


Mount Stuart TAS, Australia

27th Jan 2020

Please send quote for the following: Photo: see comment I have a loose brick column that is 15 levels of bricks tall with 4.5 bricks each level. The entirety of 4.5*15 bricks are in good shape and still intact forming a brick column. All that is required is to restore the loose brick column. Additional Notes: 1. Located at Hobart, postal code 7000 2. The purchase of bricks is not required 3. May require to remove existing cement on the bricks to an acceptable level 4. The most cost effective and/or detailed (transparent) quote wins the bid

I need lifestyle services


Mount Stuart TAS, Australia

14th Oct 2019

My besser brick fence needs repairing