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# Bricks - Quantity and Mortar Consumption

### Brick Size

Bricks - Required Quantity
TypeNominal Size
(in)
Actual (Specified) Size
(in)
No. per Square Foot
Standard 4 x 2 2/3 x 8 3 5/8 x 2 1/4 x 8 6.3
Modular 4 x 2 2/3 x 8 3 5/8 x 2 1/4 x 7 5/8 6.9
King 3 3/8 x 3 x 10 3 x 2 5/8 x 9 5/8 4.8
Queen 2 3/4 x 3 x 10 3 1/8 x 2 3/4 x 9 5/8 4.6
Engineer 4 x 3 1/5 x 8 3 5/8 x 2 13/16 x 7 5/8 5.7
Economy 4 x 4 x 8 3 5/8 x 3 5/8 x 7 5/8 4.5
Utility 4 x 4 x 12 3 5/8 x 3 5/8 x 11 1/2 3.1
Jumbo 4 x 3 x 8 3 5/8 x 2 3/4 x 8 5.5
Norman 4 x 2 2/3 x 12 3 5/8 x 2 1/4 x 11 5/8 4.6
Jumbo Norman 4 x 3 x 12 3 5/8 x 2 3/4 x 11 5/8
Norwegian 3 1/2 x 3 x 12 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 11 5/8 3.9
• actual or specified width and height - without mortar joint
• nominal width and height - including mortar joint
• the predominant mortar joint width used in construction is 3/8"
• How many bicks are needed? Use this tool to calculate the number of bricks needed.
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### Mortar Required for Common Bricks

Common bricks - 2 1/4 x 8 x 3 3/4 inches:

Bricks - Mortar Consumption
Joint Thickness
(inches)
Mortar Required (ft3)
per 1000 bricks per ft3 brick
1/4 9 0.2
3/8 14 0.3
1/2 20 0.4
• 1 ft3 = 0.02832 m3
• 1 in (inch) = 25.4 mm

### BS EN 771-3: 2003

Bricks - Dimensions
BrickLength
(mm)
Width
(mm)
Height
(mm)
Standard 215 102.5 65
Modular 290 90 90
190 90 90
190 90 65
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### Brick Walls - Selected Bond Patterns

• Stretcher bond
• Flemish garden wall bond
• English garden wall bond
• Flemish bond
• English bond

• stretcher
• shiner
• soldier
• sailor
• rowlock

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Densities of common types of bricks.

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### Mortar Types

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