Masonry provides clear, accessible instructions that readers can use to do popular masonry projects the right way themselves. This book shows how to design, build and repair masonry like an expert, with the latest techniques and materials, step-by-step directions, safety advice, and hundreds of color illustrations. It is a must for anyone who wants to learn how to work successfully with concrete, brick, block, tile, or stone. Readers will learn the methods that professional masons use to construct walls, sidewalks, patios, barbeques and more. Basic techniques are described for working with mortar, making repairs to brick, mending concrete, attaching fastening, and removing stains. A section on building with concrete discusses what can go wrong and why, with sage advice on preparing for the project, forms, pouring and finishing, footings, and making adobe. This well-illustrated book reveals the secrets of working with rugged materials, with advice on selecting bricks, salvaging stone, breaking up masonry, and erecting scaffolding. Readers will discover the best way to pave a path, build a wall, or veneer a concrete slab with tile. Building instructions are included for concrete block, natural stone, decorative brick, serpentine walls, and brick and stone arches. Thorough coverage of masonry repairs and maintenance is also included, plus useful tips and special tricks of the trade.
Installing a beautiful walkway made of pavers, creating a dramatic brick-covered wall, or even repairing foundational cracks to preserve your home--projects like these are easier than ever for DIY-ers with Masonry Complete, today's most comprehensive reference on masonry. Written for both beginner and advanced home improvers by a second-generation stonesman, this complete masonry guide delves deeply into everything, including buying the right tools, setting up safety precautions, digging a footing, pouring concrete, building a stone fireplace, repairing old masonry, and more.
With Cody Macfie's step-by-step approach and you-can-do-it attitude, readers will feel empowered and confident to tackle any project, deal with challenges should they arise, and proudly net a finished product in less time than imagined.
Thoroughly Updated Coverage of Masonry Codes, Materials, and Structural Design
This fully revised resource covers the design of masonry structures using the 2015 International Building Code, the ASCE 7-10 loading standard, and the TMS 402-13 and TMS 602-13 design and construction standards. The book emphasizes the strength design of masonry and includes allowable-stress provisions. The latest advances, materials, and techniques are clearly explained. Chapter-long case studies featuring a low-rise building with reinforced concrete masonry and a four-story building with clay masonry illustrate the topics presented.
Masonry Structural Design, Second Edition, covers:
- Structural behavior and design of low-rise, bearing wall buildings
- Materials used in masonry construction
- Code basis for structural design of masonry buildings
- Basics of seismic design in masonry buildings
- Introduction to MSJC treatment of structural design
- Strength design of reinforced and unreinforced masonry elements
- Allowable-stress design of reinforced and unreinforced masonry elements
- Comparison of design by the allowable-stress approach versus the strength approach
- Lateral load analysis of shear wall structure
- Design and detailing of floor and roof diaphragms
- Structural design of AAC masonry
If you're looking for a single source of professional advice so you can build your own patio or walkway, here's the book for you.
As the latest how-to manual in our popular Build Like a Pro series, Patios & Walkways' in-depth reference provides all the details you'll need -- tips, techniques, tools, materials and expert advice -- to create unique patios and walkways designed to enhance your landscape and home.
From base construction techniques to choosing and installing surface materials, it's all here -- detailed instructions from a pro, step-by-step photos, useful sidebars and drawings -- plus inside secrets that will help you get the job done right the first time.
The book is organized in six sections -- each featuring a different project -- and all together they represent virtually anything you'll ever need to know about building patios and walkways.
You can tackle each project exactly as it's presented. Or mix and match design elements and techniques to create your own customized project.
Designed to give you every bit of advice you'll need -- and the flexibility to shape your own outdoor creations -- here's the only book you'll need to build beautiful patios and walkways that capture you own personal touch.
An attractive walkway or terrace dramatically improves a home's curb appeal and livability. In many older homes, walkways and terraces need updating or replacement, and new homes are often sold without these enhancements. The projects illustrated in Patios and Walkways, from rustic stone paths to handsome new patios, can be completed within 1-3 days and are explained step-by-step, allowing even first-time masons to achieve professional results. The book helps homeowners select from the wide variety of outdoor materials and tools available at home stores and landscape centers.
There once may have been 250,000 miles of stone walls in America's Northeast, stretching farther than the distance to the moon. They took three billion man-hours to build. And even though most are crumbling today, they contain a magnificent scientific and cultural story--about the geothermal forces that formed their stones, the tectonic movements that brought them to the surface, the glacial tide that broke them apart, the earth that held them for so long, and about the humans who built them.
Stone walls tell nothing less than the story of how New England was formed, and in Robert Thorson's hands they live and breathe. "The stone wall is the key that links the natural history and human history of New England," Thorson writes. Millions of years ago, New England's stones belonged to ancient mountains thrust up by prehistoric collisions between continents. During the Ice Age, pieces were cleaved off by glaciers and deposited--often hundreds of miles away--when the glaciers melted. Buried again over centuries by forest and soil buildup, the stones gradually worked their way back to the surface, only to become impediments to the farmers cultivating the land in the eighteenth century, who piled them into "linear landfills," a place to hold the stones. Usually the biggest investment on a farm, often exceeding that of the land and buildings combined, stone walls became a defining element of the Northeast's landscape, and a symbol of the shift to an agricultural economy.
Stone walls layer time like Russian dolls, their smallest elements reflecting the longest spans, and Thorson urges us to study them, for each stone has its own story. Linking geological history to the early American experience, Stone by Stone presents a fascinating picture of the land the Pilgrims settled, allowing us to see and understand it with new eyes.
Add touches of durable elegance to your home and yard. This introduction to stonemasonry covers everything you need to know to plan and execute a variety of stonework projects that range from a simple countertop to a complete stone shed. Learn how to choose the proper stones for each project and what tools you need to shape and fit them properly. With stunning photography and profiles of master craftsmen, Stone Primer is both a practical handbook and an inspirational guide for the budding stonemason.
The right kind of stone and how you incorporate it in your landscape and garden can make all the difference. Stone, a broad term that includes pavers, fieldstones, bricks, rocks and boulders, and stone veneer, can be used to create a distinct yet practical component to any yard. And with the variety of natural and manufactured stone products widely available today, incorporating stone in the landscape is no longer out of reach.
"Stonescaping Idea Book" showcases a wide range of inspiring and practical ideas for using stone in all types of landscape settings and for all budgets and regions of the country. Along with tried-and-true designs for inviting walkways and beautiful walls, new ways of using stone in gardens and patio spaces are also presented. You'll discover ideas for creating graceful streams, waterfalls, or even simple fountains that will help transform your backyard into a private retreat. And you'll find a wide range of outdoor living spaces that family and friends can enjoy for years to come. As the examples in the book demonstrate, there is a world of stone to explore; this book will help get you started on the right path.
Topics covered include:
Patios & Terraces
Paths, Walks & Steps
Pools & Ponds
Seating & Sculpture
Discover the lasting satisfaction of working with stone. Master stonemason Charles McRaven covers everything you need to know about working with different types of stone to create a variety of durable and elegant features. Clear enough for the beginning stonemason, this guide includes a thorough overview of the proper techniques for handling, cutting, and shaping stone. With illustrated instructions for 22 projects that include garden paths, walls, seats, waterfalls, and even a bridge, you'll soon be confidently crafting your own inspired stone creations.
Designing the outside of the home adds to curb-side appeal, creates ambiance, and increases the value of the home. Ultimate Guide: Walks, Patios & Walls provides the homeowner with all the information needed to integrate popular hardscape designs into the overall home landscape. Included are ideas for brick, mortar, and concrete walks and patios; flagstone and tile patios; and brick and mortared stone walls. Lavish color photographs provide design inspiration, while the extensive how-to section provides easy-to-follow information.