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Ultimate Guide to Masonry and Concrete, 3rd edition
, covers a wide range of masonry subjects, including basic installations, specific projects, and common repairs with concrete, block, brick, stone, tile, and stucco. Readers will find the information they need on tools, materials, and techniques explained in plain language and shown in full-color photographs and detailed, colorful illustrations. The construction of 60 of the most-popular masonry projects, such as laying a brick patio or walkway, building a barbecue, and building a retaining wall, are covered in detail with dozens of step-by-step photographs and large cutaway illustrations. Readers will find tips and special features on alternative approaches to projects that let them apply the information to different types of buildings and sites. Thorough coverage of masonry repairs and maintenance is also included.
Covers a wide range of subjects, 60 projects and tasks, and common repairs with concrete, block, brick, stone, tile, and stucco. Over 1,000 photographs and illustrations.
Enhance your home and yard by adding brick walkways, flagstone patios, or stone walls without using mortar--everything from barbecues to hearths.
- Follow the step-by-step instructions to ensure the success of your projects. - Learn from the over 1,200 photos and illustrations that will inspire and help you do the job right. - Create concrete, brick, stucco, stone, and tile projects to make your home more appealing.
Glass block, brick, and stucco projects
Maintenance tips to help your project last
Natural stone, concrete, and tile projects
Table of Contents
SafetyIntroduction Chapter 1 Design
Pattern and TextureColor and ToneSize and ScaleSite OrientationSlopes and DrainageCurves and CornersWalk and Drive OptionsDesign Gallery Chapter 2 Tools
Basic and Specialty Tools Chapter 3 Concrete
MixesForming and ReinforcingPouringFinishing and CuringMaintenance and Repair Major Projects:Concrete FootingConcrete PierConcrete SlabLandings and Steps Concrete Gallery Chapter 4 Block
MaterialsSetting BlockMaintenance and Repair Major Projects:Block WallBlock Retaining WallInterlocking Block WallBarbecue Block Gallery Chapter 5 Stucco
MaterialsApplicationsMaintenance and Repair Major Projects:Stucco on BlockStucco on Wood Stucco Gallery Chapter 6 Brick
MaterialsBrick PatternsReinforcing BrickBrick Mortar
Setting BrickMaintenance and Repair Major Projects:Dry-Laid Paver WalkMortar-Laid WalkBrick PlanterBrick Veneer Half-Wall Brick Gallery Chapter 7 StoneMaterials and PatternsCutting and ShapingSetting and FinishingMaintenance and Repair Major Projects:Dry-Laid Stone WallMortar-Laid Stone WallFacing StoneFlagstone Patio and Steps Stone Gallery Chapter 8 TileMaterialsTile PatternsPreparing FloorsLaying Out the JobCutting TileSetting Floor TileSetting Wall TileMaintenance and Repair Major Projects:Tiling a HearthPatio Entry Tile Gallery Resource GuideGlossaryIndexPhoto Credits