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This calculator requires the use of Javascript enabled and capable browsers. This calculator is designed to give information about brick construction. It is also designed to be universal as to number systems. When entering the sizes of target area and brick sizes, make sure that they are NOT in feet and inches; just inches or just millimeters (they can be decimal fractions). Be certain all sizes are entered in the same values. Enter the facing width (from the left most point of one side to the right most point of that side) and the facing length (the length of a perpendicular between the measured side and its opposite) in the same manner. The facing side of a brick is the EXPOSED part. (For example, you could have a 6 X 8 X 2 brick that is normally used with the 6 x 8 side facing. However, it COULD have the 2 x 6 or the 2 x 8 side facing, for greater thickness and insulation. This is particularly important with fire bricks in that most ordinances require a certain depth for insulation.) Estimate (or calculate) and enter the non-brick area (doors, windows or other open space) within the target area dimensions, in square units. If you are using more than a 1 brick thickness, change that default value from 1 to the appropriate quantity of thickness value. Enter the vertical and horizontal (bed) mortar joint sizes. (They are OFTEN not the same.) The entries must be decimal numbers, whole numbers or whole numbers with decimal fractions. You may use the fraction entry selector for standard mortar joint sizes or you may enter your own values. (Pay close attention to the fact that these probably begin with a decimal in non-metric entries.) Select the anticipated breakage and waste factor of the bricks; by default it is 0 but with certain manufacturers, they will supply or suggest a different value. In large shipments, this can be significant. Enter the weight of ONE brick in either ounces (left box) or grams (right box), but not both; the other value will be calculated and displayed. Then click on Calculate. The area is in whatever designation square units you have used for the entries. All returned values are either indicated or are in the values you used for entry. The formula used for area is the facing width * facing length. Various information tables and helpful subordinate calculators are below the main calculator. You deserve a brick today, or at least a brick calculator! You may also wish to use our Mortar Calculator to approximate the require quantity of pre-mix required.

Unit
Number
Required Data Entry
Target Brick Structure Width (Horizontal) Units
Target Brick Structure Length (Vertical) Units
Target Non-Brick Area Approximation Square Units
Facing Width Of One Brick (Horizontal) Units
Facing Length Of One Brick (Vertical) Units
Width Of Horizontal Mortar Joint      Units
Width Of Vertical Mortar Joint          Units
Number Of Bricks Deep Units
Weight Of One Brick In Ounces    Or Grams   Units
Breakage and Waste Factor Percentage
   
Calculated Results
Target Brick Structure Area Square Units
Target Brick Structure Area, Less Non-Brick Square Units
Target Brick Structure Area, Adjusted, Rounded Square Units
One Brick Area Square Units
One Brick Area With Mortar Joint Square Units
Bricks Per Course Using V and H Mortar Joints Bricks
Number Of Courses Of Bricks Courses
Raw Brick Quantity (No Mortar Joint) Bricks
Raw Brick Quantity (With Mortar Joint) Bricks
Sizing Factor Result for Percent Bricks
Estimated Adjusted Brick Order Quantity Bricks
Brick Order Quantity Bricks
Brick Order Quantity Weight Pounds
Brick Order Quantity Weight KG

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Millimeters Inches

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Meters  Decimeters 
Centimeters  Millimeters 

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Feet + Inches = Total Inches

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Width x Length = Square Units

Standard Brick And Modular Brick Dimensions
Face Brick
Name Nominal Size Actual Size No. per sqft*
Standard 4" x 2 2/3" x 8" 3 5/8" x 2 ¼" x 8" 6.27
Modular 4" x 2 2/3" x 8" 3 5/8" x 2 ¼" x 7 5/8" 6.86
King 3 3/8" x 3" x 10" 3" x 2 5/8" x 9 5/8" 4.80
Queen 2 ¾" x 3" x 10" 3 1/8" x 2 ¾" x 9 5/8" 4.61
Engineer 4" x 3 1/5" x 8" 3 5/8" x 2 13/16" x 7 5/8" 5.65
Economy 4" x 4" x 8" 3 5/8" x 3 5/8" x 7 5/8" 4.50
Utility 4" x 4" x 12" 3 5/8" x 3 5/8" x 11 ½" 3.03
Jumbo 4" x 3" x 8" 3 5/8" x 2 ¾" x 8" 5.50
Norman 4" x 2 2/3" x 12" 3 5/8" x 2 ¼" x 11 5/8" 4.57
Norwegian 3 ½" x 3" x 12" 3 ½" x 2 ¾" x 11 5/8" 3.84


*with 3/8" mortar joints (bed and vertical)
Number of standard bricks in one square foot of brick wall.
8" x 2 1/4" x 3 3/4" standard brick with 1/4" vertical mortar joints in running bond

         
WallNumber OfThickness Of Horizontal Mortar Joint
Thickness Bricks Thick 1/8" 1/4" 3/8" 1/2" 5/8" 3/4"
4", 4 1/2" 1 7.33 7.00 6.67 6.33 6.08 5.80
8", 9" 2 14.67 14.00 13.33 12.67 12.17 11.60
12", 13" 3 22.00 21.00 20.00 19.00 18.25 17.40
16", 17" 4 29.33 28.00 26.67 25.33 24.33 23.20
20", 21" 5 36.67 35.00 33.33 31.67 30.42 29.00
24", 25" 6 44.00 42.00 40.00 38.00 36.50 34.80


No. of square inches per standard brick with mortar joints
8" x 2 1/4" face with 1/4" vertical mortar joints
Thickness of horizontal mortar joints

1/8" - .125" 1/4" - .250" 3/8" - .375" 1/2" - .500" 5/8" - .625" 3/4" - .750" 7/8" - .875" 1"
19.30 20.625 21.656 22.69 23.72 24.75 25.78 26.81

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