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Rowlock: Word of the Week

Rowlock

Rowlock – In the boating world, a rowlock is the U-shaped device that holds an oar in place and acts as a fulcrum during rowing. But this website is based in the construction world. Around here, a rowlock refers to a classification of laid brick.

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It defines how the exposed face of the brick is oriented relative to the face of the finished wall.
As the picture indicates, a rowlock is a run of bricks laid on the long narrow side with the short end of the brick exposed. Alternate brick orientations include stretcher, header, soldier, sailor, and shiner.

Bill Hirsch

Bill Hirsch

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