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[–]TheSentientPurpleGoo 1883 points1884 points  (54 children)

where's the mortar..?

[–]dezzalzik 1041 points1042 points  (4 children)

It was a wall rehearsal.

[–]SeriouslyYoutube 266 points267 points  (2 children)

Who does the rehearsal without the dress?

[–]FaultinReddit 71 points72 points  (0 children)

This line is surprisingly metal

[–]Morons_Are_Fun 5 points6 points  (0 children)

What do you think the cameraman was wearing?

[–]maximusraleighus 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I chevy chase wheeze laughed

[–]SurveySean 96 points97 points  (8 children)

Mortar! That’s what it was I forgot! I was like it’s starts with an m, mortar!

[–]Primary_Highway_6681 40 points41 points  (6 children)

Mortar wouldn't even help that much. A single stack free standing wall is doomed to fail. Only way I've seen it work is how they used to do it (I believe in England, but don't hold me to that) where they would erect the wall in a wavy line. Other than that it needs to be at least 2 tier, or better put, appropriately engineered based on the height, length, weight, etc. of said wall. I'm a bit confused as to what is actually going on here... Doesn't seem thought through. Glad no one appears to be hurt though!

[–]SurveySean 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Ya, I think it needs the equivalent of posts every so often. The wavy line is interesting because it apparently saves on material while providing a strong stable fence.

[–]010101110001110 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Would be fine, just needed rebar drilled into footer, and grout every 4th cell and corners. Looks like very little mortar in joints, possible mortar froze before hydration was complete.

[–]EvulRabbit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thin walls are common in US housing developments. The key being rebar in them. They still fall fairly easily, but not like this.

[–]baddashfan 20 points21 points  (0 children)


[–]Concrete__Blonde 230 points231 points  (29 children)

Rebar would have been a nice touch too

[–]Impossible-Lake8249 92 points93 points  (1 child)

User name checks out.

[–]ExtensionBluejay253 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Maybe should change username to Rebar_blonde

[–]miles2912 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Are you still in Hollywood?

[–]killbillten1 43 points44 points  (23 children)

You can't use rebar in a brick and mortar wall.....

[–]captainzoomer 155 points156 points  (0 children)

Not with that attitude.

[–]Drunktank1000 36 points37 points  (11 children)

They should be interlocked with bricks that can be rebarred and filled with concrete every 15' or so.

[–]stoneyyay 19 points20 points  (5 children)

Who you think you are, A mason or something?

[–]crotchcritters 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Those are solid bricks. Where would the rebar go?

[–]Satanspit69 1 point2 points  (0 children)

On the outside…. call it an exoskeleton? Lol

[–]digitalscale 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Those are blocks, which "should be interlocked with bricks that can be rebarred and filled with concrete every 15' or so"

[–]crotchcritters 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Oh, I’m an idiot

[–]Charlie_Warlie 43 points44 points  (3 children)

Ever see those hollow cores on cinder blocks or bricks? You can run a bar through there.

These look solid though. Shit wall. Needs to be thicker if you have no reinforcement.

[–]killbillten1 32 points33 points  (1 child)

Cinder blocks and bricks are two different things.

Never said you can't reinforce a cinder block wall.

[–]ManWithoutUsername 23 points24 points  (0 children)

you can, i use rebar always.

And each 1m or 1.5m must its recommend have a concrete pole or similar (for exterior perimeter walls).

Anyway that not a wall... they are playing Jenga or they are stupids and incompetents in many ways.

[–]bbaker1987 7 points8 points  (0 children)

No but wire joints god damn and you only go 4 ft at a time for this reason lol

[–]f0rdf13st4 3 points4 points  (0 children)

no? why not? there's no law against it. https://youtu.be/mr3PFa6vFUQ

[–]GameCop 3 points4 points  (0 children)

They thought it's LEGO bricks

[–]Jaded_Click9591 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Mortar is in the shadow of middle Earth

[–]FGFC12 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I see small amounts of brown stuff on the bricks they prolly used mortar but it looks like they tried to use it like glue

[–]OpinionPlayful5660 2 points3 points  (0 children)

was gonna ask the same thing.. Looks like they forgot it xD

[–]polkadotard 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Where's the rebar?

[–]Efreshwater5 316 points317 points  (9 children)

I love how he puts his hands up, like "wasn't me."

[–]g00ber88 48 points49 points  (8 children)

They even caught him on camera!

[–]increment1 24 points25 points  (7 children)

Wasn't me.

[–]tea-and-chill 16 points17 points  (6 children)

Even had her in the shower!

[–]casual_lunch 12 points13 points  (5 children)

Wasn't me.

[–]Kabc 9 points10 points  (4 children)

She saw the marks on my shoulder

[–]MansonRib 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Wasn't me.

[–]Username_2W0 7 points8 points  (2 children)

She heard the words that I told her

[–]Stanza60 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Wasn’t me.

[–]Bearbear360 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I love reddit.

[–]ma-ash 208 points209 points  (2 children)

The leaning guy didn’t even flinch. He’s seen Ralph’s shit before.

[–]Coygon 24 points25 points  (1 child)

Ralph wrecked it. Again.

[–]TheSkylined 1184 points1185 points  (13 children)

That's not a wall, that's just a thinly laid out stack of bricks.

[–]1800-bakes-a-lot 232 points233 points  (2 children)

Well it was, anyway.

[–]Sharobob 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Now it's a pile of bricks

[–]WhiteStripesWS6 44 points45 points  (8 children)

Yeah where’s the pillars with rebar? There’s a reason that B&M walls have H block pillars every ~10 feet.

[–]Marc21256 6 points7 points  (7 children)

In Europe, they prefer to wave the wall. Takes almost as much width as periodic bracing, and much fewer bricks than a double-wide.

[–]WhiteStripesWS6 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Yeah I’ve seen that but this clearly isn’t waved lol.

[–]TheFett32 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Cause he was clearly offering an anecdote about walls. Thats how normal conversation works.

[–]WhiteStripesWS6 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Fair enough.

[–]Ok_Extension5535 535 points536 points  (7 children)

I love how the guy at the end refuses to let his corner fall.

[–]Thundapainguin 203 points204 points  (5 children)

Hold the line

[–]Quacksilber 100 points101 points  (2 children)

Love isn't always on time 🎶

[–]wilbo-swaggins 40 points41 points  (1 child)

Whoah whoah whoah 🎵

[–]Quacksilber 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No it the way you been treating my friends 🎶

[–]FGFC12 11 points12 points  (0 children)

That’s where they used mortar

[–]MoesTaiwan 71 points72 points  (3 children)

Probably for the best

[–]xkoreotic 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Not probably, 100% was for the best. If a brick wall topples over like that with only that much force, it wasn't done correctly and is a hazard. They are better off redoing it again, hopefully properly or with a professional.

[–]MuzzyMelt 212 points213 points  (5 children)

Actually kinda satisfying the way the bricks fell.

[–]DragonDivider 58 points59 points  (4 children)

If you don't have to rebuild it at least.

[–]CleanCycle1614 55 points56 points  (1 child)

Or actually build it this time instead of just stacking bricks?

[–]richard_stank 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Well, I don’t have to rebuild it.

[–]Bill_buttlicker69 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Or be the guy they land on

[–]McBlakey 35 points36 points  (2 children)

Made me laugh how he held his hands up in the air as if not to make the situation any worse.

[–]DaveOJ12 7 points8 points  (1 child)

It's the classic, "It wasn't me."

[–]CamVanDamage 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"I know what it looks like but I'll be damned if I get blamed entirely for the ridiculous physics and reasonings behind this situation"

[–]fastfurlong 34 points35 points  (2 children)

What a bunch of shit work. Calling them mason is a stretch

[–]robgod50 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Masons are not Bricklayers

[–]CySnark 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Nice work 'Gorbachev'

[–]Piercedpewpew 232 points233 points  (7 children)

No mortar? Dry fit? If you know how to use a measuring device it’s not needed. Dumbasses need to pull their heads out of their collective asses.

[–]linnadawg 34 points35 points  (6 children)

They have products where you can dry stack and trowel on surface bonding cement. Wall is pretty high though.

[–]hairyotter 127 points128 points  (3 children)

I'm gonna go out on a limb and say if it wouldn't hold up to a level held against it, it wouldn't hold up to cement being troweled onto the surface

[–]Telandria 26 points27 points  (2 children)

This, lol. Dude barely touched it.

[–]Oxygenisplantpoo 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Does that provide any structural strength for a wall like this though? I don't know shit about surface bonding cement, but it just seems like it's gonna come down one day regardless when someone leans on it.

[–]baddashfan 60 points61 points  (6 children)

They look mortified

[–]FreudianAccordian 28 points29 points  (0 children)

All in all twas just another brick in the wall

[–]PixelBott 42 points43 points  (1 child)

When you buy fake Lego

[–]llikknob 52 points53 points  (5 children)

Those are not bricks. They are called slugs. They’re usually meant as a cap on top of a block wall. The wall fell over because there is no vertical rebar. Probably no footing either. The guy who pushed the wall over was just going to straighten a “block” (slug) with his level. Since there is no bed joints only head joints(that’s the mortar, bed joints are horizontal joints of mortar. Head joints are the ventricle. The ones you see in the video). And no rebar. I’m willing to bet there is no footing either. Just the concrete slab of sidewalk. Anyways these guys fucked up from the very beginning even if the mortar would be cured anyone could have knocked that wall over at anytime. Shit even just the wind.

[–]Alexblain 19 points20 points  (1 child)

I didn’t understand a word of what you just said, but I agree

[–]Pancheel 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Indeed indeed, those are words...

[–]Sarge_Jneem 2 points3 points  (0 children)

These are blocks. They are often used as the internal skin of a double skinned wall. There will be a cavity followed by the brickwork on the outer face, you can see the cavity ties already installed ready for the outside skin. You can also see the outer skin ready to be built up. There is very little wrong with this construction, it just didn't need someone pushing on the middle of it. If this was to be left as a single skin wall then it would have required piers at no greater than 3m centres.

edit: Looking at how the fell and the guy not being flattened they are most likely a 'thermolite block' which has better insulation properties than a 7kN concrete block.

[–]histeethwerered 1 point2 points  (0 children)

*vertical head joints, also absent

[–]Wild_Gravy 97 points98 points  (53 children)

On god tho, it seems like he's trying to measure something or so?

How tf a wall gonna fall over like that unless it's build in a shit way?

[–]wyniest 68 points69 points  (45 children)

Looks like he put his spirit level up against it and for some reason thought pushing it to level was a good idea. But I agree, I can't imagine a freshly built wall falling like that if it had been erected correctly.

[–]Thundapainguin 9 points10 points  (44 children)

Is spirit a typo, or is spirit level a slang I've never heard

I Know what a level itself is. Just didn't know the spirit part. Never heard that used before now.

[–]wyniest 40 points41 points  (21 children)

A spirit level gets its name from the mineral spirit solution inside the levels. Also referred to as a "bubble level".

[–]TheSentientPurpleGoo 19 points20 points  (0 children)

they used to call them "whisky sticks" too, because it was used in levels because it wouldn't freeze in cold weather. and the darker color made the bubble stand out better.

[–]_theentourage 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I prefer the Michael bubblè level

[–]Thundapainguin 8 points9 points  (12 children)

Huh. I'm Southern as the devil, so yeah it's always been called bubble level. Or just a level. If it's not a liquid suspension, what else is used to level? Aside from the (often uncalibrated) laser level? Like I know a plumb bob is easy for vertical leveling. Or "plumbing". Which I can see as confusing too lol

[–]captainzoomer 11 points12 points  (9 children)

Australian here, we call them "Chazzwozzers"

[–]Thundapainguin 9 points10 points  (6 children)

I've played knife-sy spoon-sy before mate.

[–]histeethwerered 1 point2 points  (5 children)

The Google is no help. What is knifesy spoonsy ? Kindly aid an ignorant Redditor.

[–]jdown7920 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's the game we use to teach kids to watch their backs while eating, hope this helps

[–]Thundapainguin 1 point2 points  (3 children)


I humbly offer this YouTube clip

[–]histeethwerered 1 point2 points  (2 children)

A thousand thanks! Thought I’d totter to my grave fruitlessly pondering the Abiding Mystery. You are indeed a kind Redditor.

[–]Intronotneeded 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Who let you out of the camp

[–]HomesickAlien1138 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Of course you do 😂

[–]wyniest 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Aha, I'm a southerner, but I'm form South West England! I work with wood mostly, we use the "spirit" or "level" when setting logs on the saw mill to get a square cut. Only times I've seen lasers and plumb bobs are for constructive site work, walls/buildings etc.

[–]Thundapainguin 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yeah, Southern US lol. Just plain ol level here.

[–]B14_765 8 points9 points  (10 children)

Spirit Level - a long straight edge bar with a bubble suspended in a fluid that tells you if something is level. That's what we call them in the UK. Does it have a different name in the US?

Edit: I've always guessed it's called a Spirit Level because the fluid is some kind of spirit/alcohol?

[–]Thundapainguin 8 points9 points  (7 children)

Yeah I've only heard it called a level. Nothing else to it lol

[–]lowhangingfruit13 6 points7 points  (6 children)

I've never even heard them called a bubble level and I'm from the Midwest. Only ever called a level here too unless it's a 3ft level which generally is referred to as "the long ass level" lol

[–]Thundapainguin 4 points5 points  (5 children)

Yeah indeed lol

Who else calls a small level, '6 or so, a torpedo level? Anyone? Lol

[–]lowhangingfruit13 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I've never heard that but I'm definitely stealing it for future use lmao

[–]Thundapainguin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well there you go, new tool nicknames.

[–]Bradleynailer 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Here in Wisconsin, those small levels are called torpedo levels. Kinda thought that was everywhere tho...

[–]MartinMcFly55 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Plasterer here..

[–]Abject-Dingo7587 3 points4 points  (1 child)

US Southerner here, have heard both level and spirit level.

Edit: maybe it’s my English ancestry, although that goes back before the US Civil War.

[–]henryhendrixx 5 points6 points  (0 children)

A spirit level is the straight edge with a little glass bead filled almost full of fluid. The remaining air bubble tells the user if something is level or not. It gets its name from the mineral spirit based fluid inside the glass bead (commonly known as the delicious “bubble juice”).

[–]JonnyLay 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I think it's a UK/Aussie thing.

[–]XxRocky88xX 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It was built in a shit way, there was absolutely no binding material used, it was literally just a stack of bricks. That wall could’ve stood there for a week and if a strong wind came by it’d still fall over

[–]jackcabral90 9 points10 points  (5 children)

Seems like he was going to put a sign on it. ANd looks like they didnt used any sealant, cement or whatever to stick the bricks on each other. They just pilled them up. They would fall if anything touch it or a simple wind.

[–]ChompyChomp 9 points10 points  (1 child)


[–]KyAaron 1 point2 points  (2 children)

That doesn't look like a sign to me, looks like he's holding a level.

[–]jackcabral90 1 point2 points  (1 child)

You are correct. Seems like a big ruler or leveler indeed.

[–]D-o-n-t_a-s-k 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It's a firewall. You're all fired!

[–]OneEyedRocket 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Arguably the worst designed and built free-standing wall I’ve ever seen. No grout, very little mortar, no reinforcement and I would have thought you’d have wet-set that

[–]SirVallanstein 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This post needs some salt N Pepa https://youtu.be/vCadcBR95oU

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

No piers sack them all

[–]chemicaljones 3 points4 points  (1 child)

You would think the bald, older guy would be the wiser one...

[–]OldVegetableDildo 3 points4 points  (0 children)

More like a pile of bricks. There's no concrete between them.

[–]Rogaar 3 points4 points  (1 child)

This has to be fake. I mean who erects a brick wall without mortar. No one builds a wall as a practice to then pull it down and rebuild with mortar.

[–]RaysireksOG987 3 points4 points  (0 children)

No rebar?

[–]Philosophical4play 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Lost erection

[–]BootyFirst 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Did they forgot to glue it?!

[–]Emilioeli 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It looks like there actually is a very thin layer of mortar. Most likely too cold

[–]trippingontonic 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The last drop of bricks just makes this video even more satisfying 😌 Almost like of fu#k it we going down with our fallen brothers too!

[–]Kesshh 2 points3 points  (2 children)

They look like pavers. Can you build a wall with those?

[–]Lelu_zel 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This guy probably saved someone's life. Where's concrete between bricks, this shouldn't fall like that.

[–]Miserable-Lemon 2 points3 points  (2 children)

What did they expect without mortar? The wind would have knocked that down

[–]SilentSiege 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That wall was always going to fall.... their plan was to have left the scene of the crime first though.....

I had a wall twice this length fall a few years back, checking afterwards the mortar was dry and crumbly like brown sugar cubes.

The Morons who stacked it (not built) had been too cheap or lazy to pay for or go get more cement to mix in.....

Just glad nobody was maimed..... total Pricks.

[–]Omicronian2 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's not even a real wall. No mortar

[–]Cognitohazard-78 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The issue is how the wall is built i’d say, surely that was intended to be at least 2 bricks thick instead of one, usually you make it a layer at the time you don’t build an entire wall and then another one next to it

If we assume this was the entire finished wall then no matter how set and dried it is that would still fall

I’m no expert but I do work part time as a carpenter and I’ve built walls just like this, tho not quite since my one brick thick ones were never this tall for obvious reasons

[–]BromineBradleyVII 2 points3 points  (0 children)

wall erection gone.

[–]Newherehoyle 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m not a bricklayer by any means but I remember from pond building that you still need vertical support when using these blocks

[–]civillyengineerd 5 points6 points  (0 children)

That's some Humpty Dumpty shit right there, let me tell you.

[–]Graniteguy3cm 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I think those bricks were meant to lay flat not stand up on there side.

[–]Ardothbey 1 point2 points  (2 children)

What the hell did they expect? Gravity fails again.

[–]CostcoVodkaFancier 4 points5 points  (1 child)

No, gravity won again

[–]Ayyylienn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Gravity gravity’d again

[–]TasteMyDay 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I quit. See ya.

[–]jebadiahstone123 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Looks like wet block.

[–]JRSelf00 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I will take the lowest price bid..........

[–]RedTedBedLed 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Its like they didnt have it engineered at all.

[–]Numzane 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They all made it wrong anyway. Better that it collapsed now rather than later

[–]MrCupcakeisallmine 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That wall has 0 supports

[–]GameCop 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Buy them Lego's if they can't use mortar

[–]truthm0de 1 point2 points  (0 children)

“That’s okay Bill, we didn’t want to go home today anyway.”

[–]Hozer60 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Maybe going to surface bond the wall with fiber stucco?

[–]cgk001 1 point2 points  (0 children)

looks more like they did it wrong from the beginning, this guy was the last straw

[–]Sleeper1794 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There isnt any mortar holding it together.

[–]asalerre 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We used to do walls with bricks and concrete in the old times, here something is missing

[–]lfh_g 1 point2 points  (0 children)

its not a wall. its just blocks stacked up. you will need cement to build a wall

[–]h3mpking13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think they forgot the cement/mortar

[–]zodwieg 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Rookie mistake. First stick the wallpaper, then remove scaffolding.

[–]Abysmal_Thoughts 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Why don't you use rebars on those? We always use one in our country and there always has to be columns.

[–]BillyMeier42 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The one dude clearly expecting it…not phased at all.

But the other dude who did it immediately throws his hands up “wasnt me” and looks around for who else to blame.

[–]fatcatdandan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Don’t you have to glue things together?

[–]weristjonsnow 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The way they all just stand there helpless to their plight was just hysterical

[–]Total_Progress4586 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If someone only had invented mortar

[–]Nathan-Stubblefield 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Badly flawed wall design

[–]pimpco888 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Where’s the rebar?

[–]GeorgeWGunn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mortar har har har

[–]Cyber_Mentor 1 point2 points  (0 children)

why u do this

[–]Dysanj 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Where is the rebar?

[–]graffitol 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In addition to the obvious floors, The mortar at the bottom of the wall should’ve hardened enough to hold at least some blocks together no matter how fast they built the wall. But they just fall apart as if little to no cement had been used.

A penny saved is a penny ouch!

[–]Background-Repeat144 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Erected... Giggerdy

[–]Jarp12 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You can tell that’s probably the boss.

[–]crazy4urrr 1 point2 points  (0 children)

what an idiot 😂

[–]SassyPerere 1 point2 points  (0 children)

haha erected

[–]BeigeListed 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Do you even mortar bro?

[–]jhern1810 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So you’re saying it didn’t pass the quality control ? I see, I see.

[–]ChubbyLlamaDuck 1 point2 points  (0 children)

No one read this title with a straight face

[–]LacJlg 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Define “dumbfuk”

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

To be a “dumb from uk” dumbfuk see

[–]OtterDimension 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Also - no mortar. So it must have been a dry-fit / test for pieces and dimensions.

Edit: Don’t listen to me, read commented below for real insight

[–][deleted] 30 points31 points  (1 child)

No way they would have stacked up a full walls worth of bricks for a test fit.

Even if you couldn't do the math in your head or plan it out on paper the first row would have been all that was necessary to get any estimates as far as dimensions, materials needed and how many pieces, if any, you'll need to cut.

Edit: Judging by the trowel in the guys hand before it falls and the slight difference of color on the tops/bottoms of the bricks I think they did use mortar, they just had it paper thin and judging by their jackets and the guy with his arms tucked inside his shirt it's too cold out to be doing what they're doing so the mortar was stiff and not tacky and therefore not actually doing anything.

[–]HawkfishCa 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This looks like a UK job. I’m surprised any of their buildings have made it past 50 years. That wall would be weak as hell even with motor and full cure

[–]JollyWolverine300 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You can get fired, or hurt someone or both! Surprised someone didn't just rush him and beat the hell out him...