DO YOU HAVE A PLUMB LINE?
What you needed when you started the job was a plumb line. You know what it is – basically a string with a weight on the end of it. You hang it over the edge of the wall you’re building and it shows you where to lay the brick so that the wall will be perfectly even and straight. You also stretch a line over the top row of bricks that you’re laying to make sure they are absolutely the same height.
The plumb line is the tool that keeps your house square, even, straight, and true. It helps you build the house the right way so that it is strong. You never see a mason laying brick without a plumb line.
When we are building houses in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, they used a great, home-made plumb line. They had a wood piece that fits onto the corner of the bricks you were laying and it stuck out just a little from the wall. At the end of the string was a weight that hung down to give you a true straight line so that each row of bricks was perfectly even with all the bricks below. It also showed that all of the corners of the bricks were in a straight line. It was a very simple device, but it assured that the houses were built right.
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