Innovative Brick Systems Embedded Brick Form Liner


Each piece of running bond VersaLiner has embossed plus and minus signs around its perimeter. The joints near the minus signs are slightly smaller in order to fit properly underneath the larger, plus joints. The difference, so minor it is hardly noticeable, enables the liners to adjoin without buckling. Avoid walking on the liners before the brick is placed in them. Once brick is installed it can be walked on, however caution and care is advised in doing so. Installing thin brick Measure and lay-out coursing lines. This is an important step. Where panels are adjacent with one another it is imperative that brick align across their construction joints. Layout lines often referred to as ‘story lines’ should be drawn or snapped periodically along the edges of the brick perimeter. The liners may be stretched or compressed manually to accommodate the varying conditions encountered at times. This flexibility must be considered when installing the brick. When installing, it is wise to mark vertical story lines at 2-feet increments (9 complete courses). Horizontally, 8 feet would be sufficient as there is less flexibility between liners in that direction.


Check to establish whether a particular course, (top for instance) should begin with a full or half brick. While this is not critical, it adds to the professional appearance of the finished product if brick are properly matched as the pattern crosses construction joints, e.g., a full brick adjacent to another full brick -- and halves adjacent to halves. Well prepared shop drawings will have taken this into consideration and will note it in some fashion. Be sure to install brick face down in the form. While incorrectly installed brick is an uncommon mistake it certainly is an embarrassing one.

Brick Blending: Brick should be drawn from the various stock piles on the job. If a blend is required, the precise ratio should be assembled near the pour bed. The various colors should be numerically staged by boxes. Next, they should be blended together as sets in order to maintain the ratio. At this point the brick should be randomly mixed into the sets. Do not line up the colors or group them. Deliver to the installers randomly blended brick. The installer should then fill the VersaLiner pockets randomly. They should avoid laying brick in some sequential order such as in a row from left to right etc. This is an important practice whether installing a blended or monochrome brick, due to the natural variation between the pallets and boxes of factory brick.

Walking on brick . Prior to concrete placement foot traffic over the installed brick is often necessary. This can be done without incurring a great deal of damage to the brick. Brick are prone to breaking, or become dislodged if overstressed. If some care is taken to walk ‘softly’, ‘set’ reinforcing bars, (not drop them), and not ‘whip’ strands while pulling them, then breakage may be kept to an acceptable minimum. An acceptable number would be somewhere in the vicinity of 1 per 1,000 brick. These brick should be immediately removed and replaced. It’s not always obvious to everyone on the job how critical this is, so a general pre-job


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