BP6 press features
Most cement blocks for walls here use a block that is 18.5 cm tall x 12 cm wide x 40 cm long. These blocks are mostly to fill space in the wall. The load is primarily borne by cement posts and cross beams.
I have a Cinva Ram press that presses blocks 13 cm tall x 16 cm wide x 35 cm long.My African mason friends already think my Cinva blocks are not tall enough nor long enough.
I'm concerned they will think the 10 cm x 15 cm x 30 cm block made by the BP6 is much too short vertically and will take much longer to build a wall with. Of course, not needing mortar between the blocks will mitigate that issue some.
I have three questions:
1) Does the BP6 press adjust to make taller blocks (up to 15 cm tall)?
2) Can the press blocks be laid on their sides (i.e. the15 cm side being the vertical and the 10 cm being on the horizontal)? 10 cm does not seem wide enough for a stable wall
3) Is it important to lay the blocks (in the wall) in the same horizon as the clay particles are compressed? I've read that during compression the platelike clay particles align horizontal to the compression (or perpendicular to the direction from which the compression comes) and this is the best way to lay them in the wall.
Thank you for your help with these questions.