Synopses & Reviews
Written by a Master Mason with over 40 years of professional masonry and construction experience, this all-new edition of today's best-selling guide to understanding and learning how to do masonry work is approved by The Brick Industry of America! Extraordinarily complete, the author draws upon more than 25 years as an instructor to provide users with a reader-friendly, comprehensive guide to basic information and advanced skills- from materials, bonds, brick, and concrete block, through advanced work such as building fireplaces, arches, and more! All technical and safety information has been thoroughly updated to reflect current industry practices and federally mandated guidelines. An all-new unit on glass block masonry developed in conjunction with Pittsburgh Corning Company, the leading manufacturer of glass block in the United States, has also been added to this edition to equip masonry students and professionals with the expertise they need to respond to rising demands for this material in home and commercial applications. In addition to featuring a wealth of helpful illustrations, all projects have been field-tested in masonry shops to guarantee their usefulness in developing the competencies required of today's professionals.
Dale Koehler, Purdue University, IN: First and foremost, this is a GREAT TEXTBOOK! Even if nothing were changed, it would be very useful for many, many years. A good "hands-o" textbook is needed to educate trades and construction managers, and this is the best available.
Masonry Skills is now in its sixth edition continues to provide reader-friendly, comprehensive coverage that has made it so successful. Updated with the very latest developments in the masonry trade, this book starts by introducing basic work principles, such as working with materials, bonds, brick, and concrete block, and progresses to advanced work such as building fireplaces, arches, and more. Within this wide range of coverage, readers have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary for a successful career in masonry. This revised edition includes emerging masonry technology and concepts that are relevant to today's masons, like SPEC MIX mortars, Mast Climbing Scaffolds, new corner pole projects, and new information on decorative concrete. Approved by The Brick Industry of America and field-tested by professionals in the field, this book is an ideal resource for anyone who wants to master the skills needed by today's masonry professionals.
About the Author
Richard T. Kreh, Sr., is a retired master mason, a former building trades and masonry instructor with Linganore High School (Frederick, Maryland), and a well-known expert in the masonry field. He has written for Taunton Press and Masonry Construction Magazine, in addition to authoring several respected textbooks, including SAFETY FOR MASONS. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in education.
Table of Contents
Introduction SECTION 1 SAFETY PRACTICES, TOOLS, EQUIPTMENT AND BASIC TOOL SKILLS Unit 1 - Safety on the Job Unit 2 - Basic Tools of the Masonry Trade Unit 3 - Learning to Use the Basic Tools Unit 4 - Related Masonry Equipment SECTION 2 DEVELOPMENTS AND MANUFACTURE OF BRICK AND CONCRETE MASONRY UNITS Unit 5 - Development of Clay and Shale Brick Unit 6 - Manufacture of Brick Unit 7 - Development of Concrete Block Unit 8 - Manufacture of Concrete Block Masonry Units SECTION 3 LAYING BRICK TO A LINE AND BUILDING A BRICK CORNER Unit 9 - Mixing Mortar Unit 10 - Laying Brick to the Line Unit 11 - Building the Brick Corner SECTION 4 MORTAR AND ESSENTIALS OF BONDING Unit 12 - Development of Mortar Unit 13 - Types of Mortar and Their Characteristics Unit 14 - Introduction to Bonding Unit 15 - Traditional Structural and Pattern Bonds SECTION 5 LAYING CONCRETE BLOCK Unit 16 - Laying Concrete Block to the Line Unit 17 - Building the Block Corner Unit 18 - Bonding Concrete Block and Rules for Bonding SECTION 6 ESTIMATING BRICK AND CONCRETE BLOCK BY RULE OF THUMB MATH AND CUTTING WITH THE MAS0NRY SAW Unit 19 - Estimating Brick Masonry by Rule of Thumb Unit 20 - Estimating Concrete Block Masonry by Rule of Thumb Unit 21 - Cutting with the Masonry Saw SECTION 7 MASONRY PRACTICES AND DETAILS OF CONSTRUCTION Unit 22 - Building a Composite Wall of Brick and Concrete Block Unit 23 - Cavity and Reinforced Masonry Walls Unit 24 - Masonry Supports, Chases and Bearings Unit 25 - Movement Joints and Intersecting Walls Unit 26 - Installing Anchor Bolts, Brick Corbelling and Wall Copings Unit 27 - Glass Block Masonry SECTION 8 SCAFFOLDING AND CLEANING MASONRY WORK Unit 28 - Types of Scaffolding Unit 29 - Safety Rules for Erecting and using scaffolding Unit 30 - Cleaning Brick and Concrete Block Unit 31 - Removing Various Stains from Masonry Walls SECTION 9 CHIMNEYS AND FIREPLACES Unit 32 - One Flue Chimney Unit 33 - History, Theory and Function of a Fireplace and Chimney Unit 34 - Design and Construction of Fireplaces and Chimneys Unit 35 - Multiple-Opening and Heat Circulating Fireplaces SECTION 10 ARCHES Unit 36 - Development of Arches Unit 37 - Construction of Semi-Circular and Segmental Arches Unit 38 - Construction of a Jack Arch SECTION 11 CONCRETE Unit 39 - Concrete Forms and Placing Footings Unit 40 - Essentials of Concrete Work SECTION 12 UNDERSTANDING AND READING CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS Unit 41 - Line and Symbol Identification Unit 42 - The Working Drawings Unit 43 - Dimensions and Scales SECTION 13 MASONRY AS A CAREER AND SELECTED MASONRY PROJECTS Unit 44 - Masonry as a Career Unit 45 - Selected Masonry Projects GLOSSARY of TERMS