3-6. Laying Head Joints. When laying stretcher courses, you will bond the heads of the bricks
together to form a head joint.
a. Buttering a Brick. Figure 3-6 shows the proper way to butter a brick for a head joint. Place as
much mortar as will stick on the end of the brick.
Figure 3-6. Buttering a brick for the head joint
b. Placing a Brick. Push the brick into place so that excess mortar squeezes out at the head joint
and at the sides of the wall (Figure 3-7).