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    Default DIY Brick laying on existing brick retaining wall

    Hi

    We have an existing brick retaining wall done by proper bricklayers. It's all straight and level and spaced correctly, looks real good. Length, say 6-7 metres.

    What is required is to brick up to fence height, say 1.8m.

    Is it a DIY to do this job ? We've been quoted ~$2k for this from a bricklayer (all materials, labour etc).

    If it is a DIY - how would it rate on a scale of easy to hard ? I'd imagine hiring tools would be available ? e.g. a mixer ?

    I'd be happy to pay a bricklayer to do this but just after a gauge of i) difficulty of the job, and ii) reasonableness of the quote for this size of job.

    Thanks

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    hi,

    how many bricks, double skin or single skin, flush, bagged or pointed?

    thanks

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    Anything can be done if you are willing to spend the time doing it. Remember as you are not a pro, it will take you much much longer to get the finish a bricklayer can do no sweat. Whats your time worth...?

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    Not familiar with those terms ! I think I better leave this to the pros.

    Say if it works out that the brickie charges $1,000 for labour I can live with that - I can't justify to myself the time and running around and prep work required. I have no idea when it comes to brick walls and would rather have peace of mind for something like this.

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    At the moment you only have a low wall.
    Was it built in your time or by a previous owner?
    How do you know if it was built on a good foundation?

    What I'm getting at, is are the footings good enough to support a 1.8m high brick fence on top of that wall?

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    The foundation is okay, it's actually been built quite recently.

    Cheers to all, looks like I've got to do a ring a round for quotes.

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    I'll have a go at most things but always consider the 'what if' implications...with brickwork anything over about 600 high can cause some real injuries if it falls over so I avoid doing it and try to seek another solution.

    Even though you are only 'topping up' an existing retaining wall your work will still be up to 1800 off the ground and so able to injure severely....

    Don't know what your budget and skill preferences are but if you wanted to DIY and it was not going to be structural you could consider fixing a frame to the existing fence and getting the extra height with rendered blueboard over the whole lot...reckon you could get out of it for a few hundred bucks and a weekend's work...


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