This is a comprehensive guide to clay bricks and mortars, their physical and aesthetic properties, and their use in a wide range of building projects. Clear, accessible text, supported by full-colour illustrations and an extensive glossary, provides practical instruction in choosing, using and making the most of these highly versatile and durable building materials. Written for both the DIY enthusiast and for those wishing to specify brickwork or to check that it is being done correctly by professional builders, the book is an invaluable source of information and reference for anyone involved in building work. Covers basic bricklaying techniques, tools and equipment, dimensions and setting out, building straight and curved walls and building simple arches, bonding patterns, brickwork as cladding, and foundations. For paving work, includes laying patterns, steps, drainage, sand bedding and mortar-jointed paving. Also covers maintenance and repair, including dealing with water penetration, replacing bricks, repointing mortar, cleaning and artifical weathering.