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Shaping a brick column for gantry

The weight of a portal always imposes to have very solid pillars. Brick is a suitable material. The prefabricated brick elements found at the moment in the trade, make it possible to mount a very resistant pillar in record time.

Necessary material

  • Trough
  • Level
  • Mallet
  • Shovel
  • Metre
  • Drill

Steps

  1. Mount the pillar on a concrete footing
  2. Laying the hat

Mount the pillar on a concrete footing

Pour the concrete footing

Pour the concrete footing

1. A brick pillar is a masonry construction. Whether in kit or not, it requires the casting of a concrete sole. Dig at the location of the pillar and pour the concrete. Take the opportunity to make a small sole at the location of the portal itself. Digging a small trench is necessary.

Check the horizontality of the installation of the first element of the pillar

Check the horizontality of the installation of the first element of the pillar

1. Arrange the first element of the pillar; check its horizontality with a bubble level. Correct any level defects by tapping lightly with the handle of a mallet. Do not tap too hard, you could crack the brick.

Embed the following items

Embed the following items

3. The first element being perfectly adjusted at the level of the sole, the following elements assemble by nesting, like a simple construction game. The joints between each level result from the profile of the elements themselves. No sealing is necessary.

Pour concrete into the hollow part of the pillar

Pour concrete into the hollow part of the pillar

4. The concrete poured into the hollowed out part in the center of the pillar ensures cohesion. To obtain a better rigidity, arrange irons (twisted concrete iron or simple piece of angle). The best, for a bearing pillar, is to scrape the sole, arranging the irons so that a vertical return obtained by torsion is possible in the center of the post.

Laying the hat

Lay the pillar cap

Lay the pillar cap

1. These modular brick elements, hollow in the center, are completed by solid elements. Inclined on one side, they can constitute the "hat" of a wall or a pillar. Balance it by helping you by one meter; seal it for extra care.

Pillar completed

Pillar completed

2. After complete drying of the poured concrete in the center of the pillar, prepare the installation of a portal. Drill the hinges with an electric drill with a special bit for the concrete. The hinges are usually fixed with expansion anchors, able to support the weight of the gate (here, a PVC gate).

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