You will say what can be unusual and surprising in an ordinary brick. We are so accustomed to the presence of brick as a building material that we practically do not notice it. Brick has been accompanying us for many hundreds of years everywhere. Nothing is easier than finding a piece of brick on the street.
He comes under our feet at the most inopportune moments, he is always at hand when it is necessary to put something under the wheel of a car left on a slope (the most reliable, unpretentious and simple duplication of a hand brake). We always speak with respect and awe about buildings and structures built of brick. The most attractive real estate, the most expensive one, is located in brick houses. Brick private houses or cottages have long been a sign of success, respectability and prosperity of its owner.
Brick has long and very firmly entered our everyday life. The availability and “weightiness” of the brick was the reason for its use as supports, various types of sinkers, ballast, counterweights, and even, at some times, served as a specific measure of weight. This practice was very popular at the turn of the century. It was often used by market traders, who instead of weights used brick fragments of conditional “weight measurement”.
Often, the ideal geometric shape of the surface and the clear aspect ratio of the brick allows it to be used as a ruler, marking, square. The reliability and immutability of bricks became the basis for many proverbs and sayings, anecdotes and jokes, and greatly adorned our colloquial speech. In fiction, images of brickwork, bricks are actively used, and they also use the thinking of masons to create a bright and colorful picture of everyday work.
If you look around more closely, it is difficult to find at least one area of activity where, one way or another, the brick would not be involved. In construction, interior design, architecture, the so-called professional sides of brick are reflected. This is its main purpose. In addition, the brick has many other “side” functions. It can be used as a cleaning agent, in home physiotherapy, etc. Take an unbiased look at a brick and you will discover its unexpected uses. In childhood, many used bricks as fishing equipment (straightening hooks, sinker), pricked walnuts with half, painted on asphalt with pieces of brick. Remember what exactly the Wolf from “Well, you wait!” on the beach fence, yes, with red brick.
From the very moment of the invention of the brick, mankind has found in it a faithful helper and friend. He is reliable, silent and undemanding. Over a long history, the technology of its manufacture has become more and more technologically advanced and sophisticated. Nowadays, automatic production lines equipped with computerized control, using the most complex flow charts of technical processes, have become widely used. All this is aimed at obtaining a building material with super characteristics. A brick from an ordinary ordinary building material gradually turns into a super-brick. Already now there are types of bricks with excellent ultra-light, super-economical or super-strong characteristics. Such every brick, one might say, is worth its weight in gold. This is not because it has a high price – a modern brick, just in this regard has a reasonable pricing policy, but because a useful building material cannot be used carelessly. The high quality and reliability of the brick, the almost complete absence of its marriage, as well as modern computer programs, make it possible to accurately calculate the material required for construction, with an accuracy of one brick. Extra brick will not go to the construction site, the developer will not spend extra money, less of his battle will lie underfoot, less of it will turn into rubbish and waste of civilization.
Unlike ordinary household waste, old brick structures and the brick itself can very easily be reused in the secondary building materials market. The whole brick can be used by private developers for the construction of sewer wells, cellars, drain pits, etc. Brick rubble is perfect as a filling (backfilling) of a new wall. Brick crumb is an excellent binder for reinforcing masonry mortar. We inherited this recipe from distant ancestors, who discovered the recycling of bricks as a building material. Brick breakage can also be used as a filter element in various filters and drainage systems. We have reviewed with you a far from complete list of the amazing and unusual qualities of the