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Good brickies needed

On 27 Sep 2014 at 6:40am Simon wrote:

Can anyone recommend a bricklayer to build an extension for me? It's 7m x 4.7m, 2 storey, cavity, Flemish bond, mixture of four brick types, brick faced lintels. Will need a fairly experienced chap.

On 27 Sep 2014 at 9:00am Bob wrote:
I'm a builder. Give me a call !
On 27 Sep 2014 at 9:44am Hadrian wrote:
Bob you`re a nob
On 27 Sep 2014 at 9:48am Old Trout wrote:
Hi Simon,
you could try Nick Evans on 07929622648. Very experienced and a thoroughly nice fellow.
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On 27 Sep 2014 at 4:48pm JillG wrote:
I agree about Nick Evans - really knows and loves his job
On 27 Sep 2014 at 8:56pm Simon wrote:
OK. That's one recommendation. Thanks. Any others?
On 27 Sep 2014 at 9:58pm Country Boy wrote:
Do you really have a cavity wall in Flemish bond?
On 27 Sep 2014 at 10:23pm Simon wrote:
Unfortunately that's what I need. New cavity wall to match old solid wall. A fake Flemish bond. Lots of half bricks. :-(
On 28 Sep 2014 at 10:52am Country Boy wrote:
Ah - Good answer Simon. :-)
On 28 Sep 2014 at 8:00pm Hadrian wrote:
You could cut the halves yourself !
On 29 Sep 2014 at 7:13pm Fairmeadow wrote:
Good luck finding a brickie. And finding bricks.
Local builder offered £40K salary for a brickie & got no takers.
Oh, and the brick industry closed down during the recession, so there are now huge waiting lists for most brick types.
Well done, Dave & George.
On 29 Sep 2014 at 7:43pm Spread wrote:
You`re right , Fairmeadow . Plastering has gone down the drain too . the building industry is still on it`s knees . Cheap semi skilled labour is flooding the market .
On 30 Sep 2014 at 5:00am Simon wrote:
I've got the bricks but it took a bit of work to get them as I needed four types. I wish I could find some of this cheap semi-skiller labour.
On 30 Sep 2014 at 7:49pm retired craftsman wrote:
Simon - you won`t find cheap labour outside of the big sites ,and you won`t have much luck finding old school craftsmen any more - we`re all retired . Never earned a fortune but saved £thousands on doing up our own houses
On 1 Oct 2014 at 2:22pm mickyboy wrote:
if you want to see a few examples of brickwork by not so cheap foreign labour I will be happy to send you some intresting photos, remeber the cost of materials is the same no matter if the job is good or bad and I hope you have got imperial sized bricks to match you old stocks, do a test over pug mixes if your existing mortar is very light or dark, stops the new work standing out like a pigs ear. mean while try rodney croyden he has been laying bricks since he worked for me in the 70's, no doubt he has improved a lot since then, seriously though give him a call
On 2 Oct 2014 at 3:26am Simon wrote:
Thanks for the advice. I was not serious about using semi-skilled foreign labour for the brickwork. I am also aware of matching the pug colour (and in this case type too; the existing pugwork has a special name, which currently escapes me). I have matched the bricks used for this extension to another that was added to the house in 1993. They are the same types and size.

I have rung Nick Evans. He is a nice chap, sounded very experienced, and he's coming to look at it.

Thanks all.

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