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    Is this Brick any good

    Hello to all you Bob the Baumeisters

    Got a little question for you. Last year we visited my wife's uncle in Thailand. He's got this little electric press to make his own bricks. The bricks have two holes going through and two round like knobs on the top and two round knob holes on the bottom. The knobs enable the bricks to fit on top of each other. The holes (I guess) going through are meant for concrete to be filled in.
    My question is: are these brick any good for this hot climate?
    My wife's uncle says that they keep a house a lot cooler than normal bricks (those little tiny ones). I find it hard to believe since they are so solid and should store the heat well.

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    I believe those bricks are not for house building. They are used dry, ie no mortar

    They are usually used for decorative walls in the garden or possible for boundaries
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    Quote Originally Posted by HermantheGerman
    make his own bricks
    What is he making the bricks out of?

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    HermantheGerman, one simple observation.

    No matter what brick the Thai's use, they generally spread cement over the bricks during the final process. So one hole, two holes, or even 3-holers really make little difference.

    DD, may differ with his opinion...

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    I agree with the Hillbilly and will add that the Thai bricks are not kiln dried and really are low quality bricks for any kind of outside usage. They are made to be used as a FILL and that is about it and really not good for that as no screening is used to tie them to each other when making any kind of wall. they really are just a waste of time and space as it offers very little if any REAL support and or wall strengthening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougal
    Quote Originally Posted by HermantheGerman
    make his own bricks
    What is he making the bricks out of?
    If I remember right it was cement, red sand, water. The bricks looked realy good and of good quality...but I just don't trust the Thai construction.
    My wifes uncle himself has used his bricks to build a wall and two small storage places (36 square meters). I have to say that the it realy looked good. But will it be good enough to build my house?

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    Herman,

    In every Thai house I have seen built the construction is of concrete frame type. The bricks are just infill, something to keep the draft out, hang your cupboards on and to stop the neighbours pinching your TV.

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    I really have no idea of the bricks you are talking about, what are there sizes and how much do they cost? ps do you have a picture of them?

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    What amazes me is that they Thais don't use any kind of mesh on the bricks when they put the cement on the outside. I've seen it used in the US and would think using a mesh over the bricks would tie them together better.

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    there are several types of "red" brick in Thailand. The small ones are hard enough for small walls and infill, or garden paths, but do not have enough structural strength to be used as house walls.

    You can get hard bricks but they will be quite expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    I really have no idea of the bricks you are talking about, what are there sizes and how much do they cost? ps do you have a picture of them?
    They cost 8 baht each and are about twice the size of a thai brick
    They are decorative bricks and do look nice but they are used dry, the two little blobs on top are all that holds them in place. A bit like a large, heavy lego brick

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    Now I know which ones you are talking about. A resturaunt down the road used these for a decorative wall for their entrance and looks good.

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    I used them to pave my garden.
    Just put them on sand and chucked lots of sand and water on top. Seemed to work.

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    ^Let's see how this looks a year from now...

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    Bricks should be used in a cavity wall situation,either two layers of brick seperated by a 40mm cavity and tied together or as brick veneer,brick outside,timber or steel framing inside.
    However the most energy efficient is timber or steel framing outside with brick inside.
    The most energy efficieent buildings are the old thai designs in timber frame with roofs that have eaves combined with modern insulation materials.

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    Bingo

    Bingo!

    Thank you Thetyim ! Those are the ones.
    So you guys think their not good enough for building a house ?

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    it would all depend on their structural strength HG

    if used as main supporting walls, they would have to bear a heavy load
    Last edited by DrAndy; 14-03-2006 at 08:55 AM. Reason: the sentences did not appear as typed. The gaps vanished

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    if used as main supporting walls, they would have to bear a heavy load
    Thai houses do not have supporting walls.
    They just use re-inforced concrete beams and then fill in the gaps. The bricks only have to support the weight of the bricks above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HermantheGerman
    So you guys think their not good enough for building a house ?
    I can't answer that 'cos I'm not a builder.
    However I have seen them used to make house walls

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    Looks like Legos.

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    She could sit on me..
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    it would all depend on their structural strength HG

    if used as main supporting walls, they would have to bear a heavy load
    Perhaps someone could give an example where bricks are used as supporting walls and not just fill in any country and any situation?

    It would be new to me!
    Bricks simply replace timber slats of old times. There are posts or pillars on corners to bear any load. It's never been the walls.

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    UK, bricks are baked at high temps and then become very strong and are load bearing, heres a nice site about the history of UK bricks
    http://www.buildingconservation.com/...brickwork.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by poolcleaner
    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    it would all depend on their structural strength HG

    if used as main supporting walls, they would have to bear a heavy load
    Perhaps someone could give an example where bricks are used as supporting walls and not just fill in any country and any situation?

    It would be new to me!
    Bricks simply replace timber slats of old times. There are posts or pillars on corners to bear any load. It's never been the walls.
    True Poolie

    most houses of any age in the UK are built from bricks. My house in London is 200 years old and all the supporting walls are totally built from bricks. They are very hard and can withstand a heavy load.

    In France also, the traditional houses are also brick.
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