Wall Building Patterns, Techniques and Ideas
There exist several techniques for building walls using standard Everblock Modular Building Block modules, based on age-old masonry methods.
The Running bond is the most common of the six patterns, consisting of runs of all long-side-facing-out, staggered 1/2 block length each row. We recommend this for most structure applications.
The Common, or American Bond is a variation of the running bond, having a course of full-length blocks at regular intervals that provide the structural bond as well as the pattern. Short-side-out layers (rows) usually appear at every fifth, sixth, or seventh layer. Depending on the structural requirements. You can vary the common bond with a Flemish row where you alternate short and long sides.
In the Flemish Bond, each layer consists of alternating headers and stretchers. The short-side-out in every other row centre over and under the long-side-facing-out in the rows in between. The joints between long-side-out blocks in every other layer align vertically.
The English bond consists of alternating rows of long-side and short-side out blocks. The short-side-out blocks centre over and under the long-side-out blocks. However, the joints between long-side blocks in all long-side layers do not align vertically.
The Stack Bond is purely a pattern bond, with no overlapping block and all vertical joints aligning. You can vary the pattern with combinations and modifications of the basic patterns shown above. This pattern requires re-bar, tube, or PVC rod reinforcement, that runs through the circular hole in each block stack and sections should be connected at the top and bottom of the wall. This is the least stable wall method and should be used carefully and for decorative purposes only.
The English Cross or Dutch Bond is a variation of the English Bond. It differs only in that the joints between the long-side-out blocks in the long-side layers align vertically. These joints centre on the short-side-out blocks in the rows above and below.
For long or tall wall areas or for load-bearing construction, it is important to insert steel re-bar or PVC pipe or rods into Everblock Modular Building Block cable channels for additional stability.
Supporting Free Standing Walls (Indoor)
As walls get taller, they may require additional stabilization or support. We recommend choosing a wall width that is suited to the height of the wall and which doesn’t require additional stabilization or reinforcement. There are several methods to further stabilize and secure a free-standing wall and depending on the application it may be necessary to utilize several of the below methods simultaneously.
Using a Flying Buttress, Columns, a “T” or “L” Corner To Stabilise a Wall
For free standing walls, it is always good to consider putting a 90 degree “L” at the end of the wall, or adding a “T” section . It is also possible to add a protrusion (Flying Butress) or column in the middle of the wall for additional stability and safety over longer distances. For walls over 2.5meters (8ft) long it is recommended to use a buttress of some type to provide additional stabilisation. This can be a simple stabilising flare out of the wall, or a complete wall extension. Adding such an “L” or “T” will greatly enhance the stability of your wall.
Anchoring A Free-standing Wall to A Fixed Wall
When you are constructing a free-standing wall it is often useful to reinforce or anchor the modular building block wall to an adjacent fixed wall. This can be achieved using a variety of methods like an angle channel or bracket, along the entire length of the wall or angle brackets placed at various points on the wall.
Use standard PVC, aluminium, polished chrome, or galvanized steel angle channel to both reinforce and secure your free-standing wall and also to smooth and conceal and gap between the wall and the adjacent wall. PVC angle channel is particularly useful for loft walls and other free-standing room dividers that are being used for a decorative application and where an attractive transition from the fixed wall to the modular wall is desired.
We recommend using two angle channels, one on either side of the block wall, to secure the wall in place. Fasten the channel to the wall with screws or adhesive. Depending on the application, it may not be necessary to screw or adhere the channel to the blocks themselves, but rather the positioning of the wall blocks between the channels is sufficient to secure the wall.
L shaped angle brackets are a good way to anchor a free-standing wall quickly and easily. Simply use standard angle brackets in plastic, galvanized steel, stainless steel, or other materials to fasten blocks to the adjacent wall. Due to the nesting nature of the Modular Building Blocks it is typically not necessary to secure all blocks, but rather only a series of blocks along the height of the wall.
Screw one side of the angle brackets into the wall and the other into the Modular Building Blocks to provide stability for the free-standing wall.
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