3-16. Laying the Second Course (Stretcher Course). You are now ready to lay a stretcher course at
3-17. Spreading Mortar. Spread a 1-inch bed of mortar on the first course and make a shallow furrow
in it (Figure 3-22).
Figure 3-22. Spreading mortar for the stretcher course
3-18. Laying bricks for the stretchers course. To lay the stretcher course, push the brick marked A
into the mortar until it makes a joint 1/2 inch thick. Now, butter the bricks marked B, C, D, E, F, and G
and place them in the mortar, in alphabetical order (Figure 3-23).