Common Bond

American Bond, or Common Bond, is a style of laying masonry which employs a header course every few stretcher courses. Unlike English Bond, in which the two courses are alternated, in this technique, the header course is typically only used every 5-8 courses.

This is one of the most typical types of brick construction in Capitol Hill. Notice, this is different than the running bond.

In this type of bond, the Heather Bond locks the double wythe of brick together.

The wall in this photo is built with brick in a Commodore American bond pattern. I noticed there are “Barnstars” installed for prevention of lateral deflection.

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