A Comprehensive Guide on Brickies Sand and How to Use It for Bricklaying

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Whether you’re an experienced bricklayer or not, the material of choice has to be brickies sand. Widely used as a key element for construction projects all around the world, quality sand is pivotal for support by adding strength and volume to a wide range of buildings. 

Known for having a high level of clay, this powerful sand is ideal for laying bricks, paving, and filling. 

The following bricklaying guide outlines everything you need to know, from sourcing the right materials from CRI Sands to key tips for mixing mortar

Why professional tradies opt for quality brickies sand

Expert bricklayers are adept at making the right sticky texture for bonding bricks together. A sturdy wall requires each block to be completely sturdy, and the right mixture of clement and building sand is needed to achieve this outcome. 

The good balance of clay and silt content provides this durable bond, with excellent results every time leading to the name bricklayers sand. Also known as fatty sand, it creates a tough structural bond once dried that also repels water. 

This easily compressible sand is suitable for use in wall constructions, bagging for walls, limestone blocks, landscaping, roof capping, and adding underneath swimming pools. 

How to mix bricklaying sand (mortar-mixing)

To create a durable mortar mix that won’t break or crumble, it’s vital to use proven methods to achieve quality bricklaying.


While mortar-mixing uses builders sand, cement, water, and hydrated lime, the important ratio is sand vs cement. Generally, a mix of 1 part cement to 6 parts sand is effective, but a more heavy-duty application may require 1 part cement to 4 parts sand. Ensure the mix is not too wet or too dry for the bricks to set correctly. 


The ideal way to mix brickies sand is by first adding dry materials into a wheelbarrow, and mixing it with a shovel. Slowly add the water mixture until the right smooth consistency is achieved. Chop and fold the mortar mix to test whether it needs more liquid or not, and make sure to use it within the next hour to an hour and a half. 

Additional tools for use with brickies yellow sand

Once you have calculated the materials you will need, prepared ingredients, and finished mixing mortar, the next step is gathering your tools. While there are many variations of professional bricklaying guides available, those with industry experience will recommend the following items:

  • Brick trowel – used to lay down the mortar and remove excess material.
  • Spirit level – keeps your building project level and straight.
  • Joining bar – adds the finishing touch between each brick at the mortar joints.
  • Soft brush – allows you to clean up the bricks and joints once completed.

Choose excellence with bricklayers sand from CRI 

Finding the right building sand is a game changer for both professional and DIY bricklayers. CRI Sands have established a reputation as a reliable supplier of sand products in WA, thanks to precise screening and blending as well as carefully sourced materials. 
Browse our range of building sand products online including premium bricklayers sand, or get in touch to discuss your custom sand requirements.