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What are brick lines made of?

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Cotton

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What is cotton?

Cotton is a soft, white, fluffy natural fibre that is widely cultivated around the world and woven into fabrics and threads.

Polyethylene

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What is polyethylene?

Polyethylene (also called polythene) is a thermoplastic polymer and the world’s most commonly used plastic. It is widely used in the manufacture of a huge number of everyday items such as plastic bags, bottles, ropes, films, packaging and tubing.

Nylon

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What is nylon?

Nylon is a silky thermoplastic polymer commonly found in lots of fabrics and used in many manufacturing processes. It is an extremely versatile material and is used to make everything from tights to toothbrushes and from packaging to parachutes.

Different brick line weaves

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Twisted line

Twisted lines are a type of yarn (woven fibres) that consist of interlocking threads that have been spun together to form a string or rope, increasing its strength.

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Braided line

Braided lines are where the individual threads have been woven together in an interlocking braided pattern to increase their strength.

Which should you choose?

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Brick line, mason's line, brick twine, bricklayer's tools, marking out tools, string line, fluorescent, level, plumb, wall, bricklaying, wonkee donkee tools DIY guide, how to use a brick line A braided line is considered better than a twisted line (of the same thickness) as its interwoven threads give it greater strength and a higher strain capacity.
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