Concrete, Masonry and Brickwork: A Practical Handbook for the Homeowner and Small Builder (Revised 1998 Edition)


Extensive revision of an essential guide to concrete, masonry, and brickwork for the home handyman or professional small builder. Step-by-step illustrated instructions for building patios, retaining walls, porches, brick barbecue, garage, much more. Over 170 easy-to-follow figures. 54 tables of important statistical information. Appendices. Index.
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Extensive revision of an essential guide to concrete, masonry, and brickwork for the home handyman or professional small builder. Step-by-step illustrated instructions for building patios, retaining walls, porches, brick barbecue, garage, much more. Over 170 easy-to-follow figures. 54 tables of important statistical information. Appendices. Index.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780486409306
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 7/2/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1. Concrete
Preface vii
Chapter 1. General 1
Section I. Basic Consideration 1
Concrete Composition 1
Concrete As a Building Material 3
Section II. Desirable Concrete Properties 4
Plastic Concrete 4
Hardened Concrete 4
Chapter 2. Concrete Components 1
Section I. Cements 1
Portland Cements 1
Section II. Water 4
Purpose 4
Impurities 4
Section III. Aggregates 6
Characteristics 6
Impurities 14
Handling and Storing 14
Section IV. Admixtures 15
Definition and Purpose 15
Air-entrained Concrete 16
Chapter 3. Proportioning Concrete Mixtures 1
Section I. Method Considerations 1
Selecting Mix Proportions 1
Basic Guidelines 1
Section II. Trial-Batch Method 6
Basic Guidelines 6
Example Using the Trial-Batch Method 7
Section III. Absolute-Volume Method 10
Basic Guidelines 11
Example Using the Absolute-Volume Method 11
Variation in Mixtures 14
Adjustments for Moisture on Aggregates 14
Summary 20
Chapter 4. Form Design and Construction 1
Section I. Principles 1
Importance of Form Design 1
Form Characteristics 1
Form Materials 2
Forming 3
Section II. Design 5
Design Considerations 5
Basis of Form Design 5
Panel-Wall Form Design 6
Bracing for Wall Forms 17
Overhead Slab Form Design 20
Concrete Slab on Grade Thickness Design 27
Column Form Design 33
Section III. Construction 35
Foundation Forms 35
Column and Footing Forms 38
Panel Wall Forms 39
Stair Forms 41
Steel Pavement Forms 43
Oiling and Wetting Forms 43
Safety Precautions 44
Form Failure 44
Section IV. Joints and Anchors 46
Joints 46
Anchor Bolts 51
Chapter 5. Construction Procedures 1
Section I. Reconnaissance 1
Determining Possible Difficulties 1
Specific Considerations 1
Section II. Site Preparation 2
Building Approach Roads 2
Clearing and Draining the Site 2
Ensuring Adequate Drainage 2
Locating the Building Site 2
Stockpiling Construction Materials 3
Locating Batching Plants 3
Constructing Safety Facilities 3
Section III. Excavation 3
Excavation and Shoring Considerations 3
Section IV. Formwork 5
Management Aspects 5
Time Element 5
Section V. Mixing 6
Principles 6
Measuring Mix Materials 6
Hand Mixing 7
Machine Mixing and Delivery 8
Section VI. Handling and Transporting 14
Principles 14
Delivery Methods 14
Section VII. Placement 20
Importance of Proper Procedures 20
Preliminary Preparation 20
Placing Concrete 21
Consolidating Concrete 23
Placing Concrete Underwater 25
Section VIII. Finishing 28
Finishing Operations 28
Finishing Pavement 31
Cleaning the Surface 32
Section IX. Curing 33
Importance of Curing to Hydration 33
Curing Methods 34
Section X. Temperature Effects 37
Hot-Weather Concreting 37
Cold-Weather Concreting 40
Section XI. Form Removal 45
Form Stripping 45
Form Removal Procedures 47
Section XII. Repairing 47
New Concrete 47
Old Concrete 50
Chapter 6. Reinforced-Concrete Construction 1
Section I. Development And Design 1
Principles and Definitions 1
Reinforced-Concrete Design 3
Section II. Structural Members 4
Reinforcement 4
Slab and Wall Reinforcement 7
Section III. Reinforcing Steel 7
Grades, Designations, and Methods 7
Placement 13
Section IV. Precast Concrete 16
Definition and Characteristics 16
Design 19
Prefabricating 19
Transportation 20
Erecting 21
Part 2. Masonry
Chapter 7. Basic Equipment and Components 1
Section I. Mason's Tools And Equipment 1
Definition 1
Tools 1
Equipment 4
Section II. Mortar 4
Desirable Properties 4
Mixing Mortar 7
Section III. Scaffolding 9
Construction and Safety 9
Types of Scaffolding 9
Materials Tower 12
Elevator 13
Chapter 8. Concrete Masonry 1
Section I. Characteristics of Concrete Block 1
Nature and Physical Properties 1
Concrete Block Masonry Unit 3
Section II. Construction Procedures 5
Modular Coordination and Planning 5
Walls and Wall Footings 7
Subsurface Drainage 7
Basement Walls 11
Floor and Roof support 11
Weathertight Concrete Masonry Walls 11
Intersecting Walls 24
Lintels 25
Sills 25
Patching and Cleaning Block Walls 25
Section III. Rubble 28
Rubble Stone Masonry 28
Random Rubble Masonry Materials 28
Laying Rubble Stone Masonry 30
Chapter 9. Brick and Tile Masonry 1
Section I. Characteristics Of Brick 1
Physical Properties and Classification 1
Strength of Brick Masonry 3
Weather Resistance 4
Fire Resistance 5
Abrasion Resistance 5
Insulating Qualities of Brick Masonry 5
Section II. Bricklaying Methods 6
Fundamentals 6
Brick Masonry Terms 6
Types of Bonds 8
Flashing 10
Making and Pointing Mortar Joints 10
Mortar Joints 10
Picking and Spreading Mortar 10
Making Bed and Head Joints 12
Inserting a Brick in a Wall 14
Making Cross Joints and Joint Closures 15
Cutting Brick 16
Finishing Joints 19
Section III. Brick Construction 19
Bricklayer's Duties 19
Bricktender's Duties 19
Laying Footings 19
Laying an 8-inch Common-Bond Brick Wall 21
Laying a 12-inch Common-Bond Brick Wall 29
Protecting Work Inside Walls 29
Using a Trig 31
Constructing Window and Door Openings 31
Lintels 33
Corbeling 35
Arches 35
Wateright Walls 37
Fire-Resistant Brick 40
Mortar 40
Types of walls 40
Manholes 42
Supporting Beams on a Brick Wall 44
Maintaining and Repairing Brick Walls 45
Cleaning New Brick and Removing stains 45
Cleaning Old Brick 45
Flashing 48
Freeze Protection During Construction 49
Material Quantities Required 51
Section IV. Reinforced brick masonry 51
Applications and Materials 51
Construction Methods 52
Beams and Lintel Construction 54
Foundation Footings 54
Columns and Walls 55
Section V. Structural Clay-Tile Masonry 58
Structural Clay Tile 58
Physical Characteristics of Structural Clay Tile 61
Applications 63
Mortar Joints 63
Laying an 8-inch Brick Wall with a 4-inch Hollow-Tile Backing 64
Laying an 8-inch Structural Clay Tile Wall 65
Appendix A. Conversion Table 1
Appendix B. Method of Making Slump Test 1
Apparatus 1
Test Specimens 2
Procedure 2
Slump Measurement 2
Supplementary Test Procedure 2
Appendix C. Field Test for Moisture Deformation on Sand 1
Glossary 1
Abbreviations and Acronyms 1
Symbols 4
Reference 1
Sources Used 1
Reading Recommended 1
Index 1
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