Love all of your masonry and concrete projects--knowing that you did them yourself --with help from our experts.
No projects offer more aesthetic or financial satisfaction than DIY concrete and masonry projects. Homeowners can routinely save thousands of dollars in labor costs by buying and installing materials that are readily available. This updated 4th edition of Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Concrete & Masonry includes traditional techniques for laying concrete, adapted to make them easy for ordinary homeowners, and also features completely modern materials and techniques, such as tumbled concrete pavers, acid-etching for colored concrete slabs, and important green paving options, such as rain-garden arroyos and permeable pavers.
Several cutting-edge projects, like polished concrete countertops and stamped concrete walkways, are included in this book. An exposed aggregate patio, a reinforced concrete block wall, and the latest tools and materials for handling new products are featured. A completely new section on foundation walls shows you all the options, including the latest structural insulated panels, that are now more DIY friendly than ever.
No homeowner or do-it-yourselfer will want to miss this chance to master the best methods to create lasting beauty around the house.
Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Patios gets a fresh update with the latest products, even more projects, and all-new photos. With all of the DIY-friendly products for backyard building available today, the only valid excuse not to build your own patio or walkway is that you haven't found the right guide for you. That's about to change. In Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Patios (3rd Edition), the expert editors of Cool Springs Press arm you with thorough, comprehensive information for virtually any patio or walkway undertaking you can think of. An extensive materials and design section helps you wrap your head around all the upfront planning, and the over 30 step-by-step patio, walkway, and landscape projects within are illustrated with detailed, brand-new photographs to guide your progress along the way. Whether you prefer more traditional materials--interlocking blocks and pavers, poured concrete, flagstone, loose gravel and mulch--or you want to be on the cutting edge of the industry with new artificial pavers, geogrid synthetics, and pervious concrete, we've diligently updated this guide to include it all. Finished with a new ending chapter that shows you how to fully customize your DIY patio or walkway, the inspiration inside Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Patios perfectly aligns with all the needs of today's do-it-yourself homeowner.
A comprehensive guide to masonry for today's do-it-yourself homeowner. There are step-by-step instructions and photographs for building with the types of masonry materials that are in demand, including stone veneer, glass block, concrete block, poured concrete, stucco and brick. It includes natural stone - a material absent from many titles on the subject. The masonry projects include sidewalks, patios, driveways, barbecues, steps and retaining walls, as well as circular stone windows, brick pillars, arches and a veneer stone wall.
Rustic and charming or stately and proud, a well-built stone wall can add personality and beauty to your property. John Vivian's lively approach and step-by-step instructions encourage you to transform a pile of rocks into an enduring landscape feature with gates, retaining walls, or stiles to suit your needs. Whatever unique challenges come with your site -- poor drainage, sloping ground, or low-quality rubble material -- Vivian offers innovative designs and reproducible methods to help you build a beautiful, long-lasting wall.
Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.
Enhance your life with beautiful and durable stone structures. With easy-to-follow instructions and an approachable style, master stonemason Charles McRaven guides you through a variety of building projects that include walls, dams, bridges, and more. As alluring as a warm stone fireplace, McRaven's contagious love of materials and respect for careful craftsmanship captivates and inspires. You'll discover the beauty that can be created with simple materials, honest labor, and concentrated patience.
Concrete countertops are on the cutting edge of todays interior design and outdoor kitchen trends. Kitchen designers, contractors, architects, and homeowners alike can use this book to learn the detailed process of creating amazing concrete countertops. Here Ralston shows how to plan, execute, and complete a concrete countertop cast-in-place for ease and convenience. This book is a great inspiration for anyone interested in concrete countertop fabrication. Beautiful images of kitchens both indoors and out will inspire you, and step-by-step imagery will walk you through the process of creation.
Just when you think you know all there is about concrete, many new innovations create faster, more efficient ways to do the work. This comprehensive concrete manual has both the tried-and-tested methods and materials, and more recent innovations. It covers everything you need to know about concrete along with Styrofoam forming systems, fiber reinforcing adjuncts, and some architectural innovations, like architectural foam elements, that can help you offer more in the jobs you bid on. Forming, one of the most important elements of concrete work, gets special attention. Innovative forming systems offer significant benefits, but many contractors steer clear because they're unfamiliar. This book gives you the know-how, so you can take advantage of everything that's out there. Every chapter provides detailed, step-by-step instructions for each task, with hundreds of photographs and drawings that show exactly how the work is done. Here you'll find: How to select the right concrete material for the job Laying out foundations and footings Footing forms, including Form-A-Drain and stepped footings Prefabricated building forms -- plywood, corrugated-paper, and Steel-Ply(r) forming systems Insulated polystyrene concrete forms (ICFs), including ARXX(r) and Outsulation(r) systems Planning the pour and pre-pour inspections Concrete reinforcement Pouring, testing, installing joints, finishing and curing the concrete Hot and cold weather pours Constructing and pouring foundation walls, slabs, sidewalks, driveways, curbs and steps Shotcrete and gunite Special concrete finishes and textures Estimating concrete quantities for large and small projects OSHA requirements for working with concreteTo keep your jobs organized, there are checklists for each stage of the concrete work, from planning, to finishing and protecting your pours. Whether you're doing residential or commercial work, this manual has the instructions, illustrations, charts, estimating data, rules of thumb and examples every contractor can apply on their concrete