Building Patio Walls and Posts/Pillars with AB CourtyardThe AB Courtyard Collection is designed to let you build walls using both wall panels and posts/pillars together.
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|Walls with posts can be built on existing patios or pavement, as well as on soil. See How-to sheet #120: Building Walls on Soil for more information. When bulding a wall with corners, keep in mind that you will need to split blocks on every course. See How-to sheet #210: Splitting Blocks for more information.|
Step 1: Mark Your LayoutDetermine the location of the first post/pillar. Install the Corner Blocks with the long sides facing out, align and level each course. Make adjustments as needed. See How-to sheet #220: Building A Post for more information on building posts/pillars.
Step 2: Building the Post/PillarContinue building the post/pillar to the desired height. Alternate the blocks to offset the seams from the blocks below.
Step 3: Begin the Wall PanelThe first and the last block of every course of wall panel will be a split block. Using a split block allows the panel to be flush with the post/pillar. If a standard angled block shape is used there will be a gap where the panel meets up with the post/pillar. Use an AB Dublin end-split block to start the first course. Place the short piece with the split side against the post/pillar in the center of the post/pillar. Save the other half for the end of this course where it meets up with the next post/pillar. Place the next block of the first course against the split block. We recommend installing the first two courses of the wall panel at the same time to ensure proper alignment.
Step 4: Build the Second CourseOn the next course, use an AB Dublin center-split block to start this course. Place one half of this block with the split side against the post/pillar. Again, save the other half of this piece for the end of this course.
Step 5: Building the Wall PanelWith the first two courses started, continue building the wall panel in the pattern chosen. Build to the location of the next post/pillar. At the end of each course place the remaining half of the split block that was used to start the course.
Step 6: Additional Posts/PillarsAt the end of the wall panel, install the next post/pillar as previously done. Place the Corner Blocks with the long sides facing out. Install additional courses until the desired height is achieved. Alternate the blocks to offset the seams from the blocks below.
Step 7: Continue BuildingWith both posts/pillars built, continue stacking the courses of the wall panel to the desired height. Alternate the type of split block for each course as you go.
Step 8: FinishFinish the wall with Wall and Post Caps. Secure the Wall Caps in place with a bead of masonry adhesive along both sides of the raised rings and along the side of each Wall Cap. Place a bead of adhesive along the outside edge of the top course of Corner Blocks and then set the Post Caps in place. (adhesive optional)
Square up the Post
Offset Vertical Seams
Start with the Split Block
Place the Next Block
Start the Second Course
End Panel with Split Block
Start the Next Post
Build the Next Post
Build Wall/Post to Height
Finish with Caps