Ultimate Guide to Masonry & Concrete: Design, Build, Maintain

Ultimate Guide to Masonry & Concrete: Design, Build, Maintain

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580112987
Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
Publication date: 02/01/2006
Series: Ultimate Guide
Edition description: Second
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Creative Homeowner is a leading and trusted source for the best information, inspiration, and instruction related to the house and home. Over the past 25 years, Creative Homeowner has grown significantly to include titles covering all aspects of decorating and design; home repair and improvement; house plans; gardening and landscaping; home arts; and outdoor pursuits. Creative Homeowner's books and online information are known by consumers for their complete and easy-to-follow instructions, up-to-date information, and extensive use of color photography. Among its best-selling titles are Decorating with Architectural Trimwork, Wiring, and Landscaping with Stone. Creative Homeowner is headquartered in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Ultimate Guide to Masonry and Concrete

Table of Contents

Introduction...8

1. Design...10 Pattern and Texture...12Color and Tone...14Size and Scale...16Site Orientation...18Slopes and Drainage...20Curves and Corners...22Walk and Drive Options...24Design Gallery...26

2. Tools...28 • Basic and Specialty Tools...30• Layout Tools...31• Excavation Tools...31• Mixing Tools...32• Cutting Tools...32• Setting and Finishing Tools...33• General Hand Tools...34• Power Tools...35• Safety Tools...35

3. Concrete...36 Mixes...38• Estimating Concrete...39• Mix Proportions...40• Mixing Concrete On Site...40• Mixing Concrete by Hand...41

Forming and Reinforcing...42• Joints In Concrete...44• Formed and Formless Piers...47• Reinforcing...48

Pouring...50• Moving the Mix...50

Finishing and Curing...52• Curing Concrete...52• Removing the Forms...52

Maintenance and Repair...54• Preventative Maintenance...54

Major Projects• Concrete Footing...58• Concrete Pier...62• Concrete Slab...66• Landing and Steps...72

Concrete Gallery...78

3. Concrete...36 Materials...84• Mixing Mortar...86• Surface-Bond Masonry...88• Glass Block...90

Setting Block...92• Installation Sequence...92• Filling In Between Leads...93

Maintenance and Repair...96• Filling Cracks and Holes...96• Cleaning Masonry Block...98• Drying Out Basements...100

Major Projects• Block Wall...102• Block Retaining Wall...108• Interlocking Block Wall...112• Barbecue...116

Block Gallery...122

5. Stucco...126 Materials...128• Stucco Pros & Cons...128• Stucco Mixes...129• Stucco Beads and Moldings...129• Fiber-Reinforced Stucco...130• Setting Up the Job...130• Stucco Finishes...132• Adding Color...132• Painting Stucco...132• Evaluating EIFS Stucco...133

Applications...134• Stucco Over Plywood...134• Stucco Over Block...134

Maintenance and Repair...138• Repairing Damaged Stucco...140

Major Projects• Stucco on Block...142• Stucco on Wood...146

Stucco Gallery...150

6. Brick...154 Materials...156• Types of Brick...156

Brick Patterns...160Reinforcing Brick...164• Strengthening Mortar Joints...164

Brick Mortar...166Setting Brick...168• Setting Veneer Brick...170

Maintenance and Repair...172• Cleaning and Repairing Walls...174• Spot Repairs...174

Major Projects• Dry-Laid Paver Walk...178• Mortar-Laid Walk...182• Brick Planter...186• Brick Veneer Half-Wall...190

Brick Gallery...196

7. Stone...200

Materials and Patterns...202• Choosing Stone...202• Estimating Materials...204• Special Stone Tools...204

Cutting and Shaping...206• Cutting Stone...206

Setting and Finishing...210• Stone in Sand...210• Stone in Mortar...212

Maintenance and Repair...214• Different Cleaning Procedures...215• Dealing with Stains...216

Major Projects• Dry-Laid Stone Wall...218• Mortar-Laid Stone Wall...222• Facing Stone...226• Flagstone Patio and Steps...230

Stone Gallery...236

8. Tile... 240 Materials...242• Basic Tile Types...242• Substrates & Adhesives...242• Tile Sizes & Shapes...244

Tile Patterns...246Preparing Floors...248Laying Out the Job...250Cutting Tile...252Setting Floor Tile...254• Cutting Partial Tiles...256• Joint Spacing...256• Finishing Tiles...257

Setting Wall Tile...258• The Tiling Sequence...258

Maintenance and Repair...260• Fixing Common Problems...260• Sealing Grout & Unglazed Tile...261• Fixing Broken Tiles...262• Setting Replacement Tile...262

Major Projects• Tiling a Hearth...264• Patio Entry...268

Tile Gallery...274

Resource Guide...278

Glossary...282

Index...284

Photo Credits...287

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