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Common bond brickwork

Common bond brickwork is similar to a running bond.  The difference between a running bond and a common bond is that there is a header course interspersed between several running bond courses, in a common bond.  The common bond is much stronger that a running bond, but not nearly as strong as the English bond, for example.

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The example below shows a wall with a raked joint, a step in the pointing process.  The header courses in this brick bond are highlighted blue in the image so they stand out to show the special courses.