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Overview

Masonry Skills is now in its sixth edition continues to provide reader-friendly, comprehensive coverage that has made it so successful. Updated with the very latest developments in the masonry trade, this book starts by introducing basic work principles, such as working with materials, bonds, brick, and concrete block, and progresses to advanced work such as building fireplaces, arches, and more. Within this wide range of coverage, readers have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary for a successful career in masonry. This revised edition includes emerging masonry technology and concepts that are relevant to today's masons, like SPEC MIX mortars, Mast Climbing Scaffolds, new corner pole projects, and new information on decorative concrete. Approved by The Brick Industry of America and field-tested by professionals in the field, this book is an ideal resource for anyone who wants to master the skills needed by today's masonry professionals.

Richard T. Kreh, Sr., Author & Consultant, Masonry

Richard T. Kreh, Sr., is a retired master mason, a former building trades and masonry instructor with Linganore High School (Frederick, Maryland), and a well-known expert in the masonry field. He has written for Taunton Press and Masonry Construction Magazine, in addition to authoring several respected textbooks, including SAFETY FOR MASONS. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education.
  • Updated illustrations and photos clearly depict the latest technology and methods
  • Expanded section on safety includes more specific information for the masonry trades to reflect the latest OSHA regulations
  • Information is organized into short, easy-to-read sections with related math checkpoints included at the end of units as needed, making the book ideal for readers of all levels
  • Unit Objectives, Section Summaries, and Achievement Reviews focus attention on key points while enabling readers to evaluate their progress as they work through the book
Introduction
SECTION 1 SAFETY PRACTICES, TOOLS, EQUIPTMENT AND BASIC TOOL SKILLS
Unit 1 – Safety on the Job
Unit 2 – Basic Tools of the Masonry Trade
Unit 3 – Learning to Use the Basic Tools
Unit 4 – Related Masonry Equipment
SECTION 2 DEVELOPMENTS AND MANUFACTURE OF BRICK AND CONCRETE MASONRY UNITS
Unit 5 – Development of Clay and Shale Brick
Unit 6 – Manufacture of Brick
Unit 7 – Development of Concrete Block
Unit 8 – Manufacture of Concrete Block Masonry Units
SECTION 3 LAYING BRICK TO A LINE AND BUILDING A BRICK CORNER
Unit 9 – Mixing Mortar
Unit 10 - Laying Brick to the Line
Unit 11 - Building the Brick Corner
SECTION 4 MORTAR AND ESSENTIALS OF BONDING
Unit 12 – Development of Mortar
Unit 13 - Types of Mortar and Their Characteristics
Unit 14 - Introduction to Bonding
Unit 15 – Traditional Structural and Pattern Bonds
SECTION 5 LAYING CONCRETE BLOCK
Unit 16 - Laying Concrete Block to the Line
Unit 17 – Building the Block Corner
Unit 18 – Bonding Concrete Block and Rules for Bonding
SECTION 6 ESTIMATING BRICK AND CONCRETE BLOCK BY RULE OF THUMB MATH AND CUTTING WITH THE MAS0NRY SAW
Unit 19 – Estimating Brick Masonry by Rule of Thumb
Unit 20 - Estimating Concrete Block Masonry by Rule of Thumb
Unit 21 – Cutting with the Masonry Saw
SECTION 7 MASONRY PRACTICES AND DETAILS OF CONSTRUCTION
Unit 22 - Building a Composite Wall of Brick and Concrete Block
Unit 23 – Cavity and Reinforced Masonry Walls
Unit 24 – Masonry Supports, Chases and Bearings
Unit 25 – Movement Joints and Intersecting Walls
Unit 26 – Installing Anchor Bolts, Brick Corbelling and Wall Copings
Unit 27 – Glass Block Masonry
SECTION 8 SCAFFOLDING AND CLEANING MASONRY WORK
Unit 28 – Types of Scaffolding
Unit 29 – Safety Rules for Erecting and using scaffolding
Unit 30 – Cleaning Brick and Concrete Block
Unit 31 – Removing Various Stains from Masonry Walls
SECTION 9 CHIMNEYS AND FIREPLACES
Unit 32 – One Flue Chimney
Unit 33 – History, Theory and Function of a Fireplace and Chimney
Unit 34 – Design and Construction of Fireplaces and Chimneys
Unit 35 – Multiple-Opening and Heat Circulating Fireplaces
SECTION 10 ARCHES
Unit 36 – Development of Arches
Unit 37 – Construction of Semi-Circular and Segmental Arches
Unit 38 – Construction of a Jack Arch
SECTION 11 CONCRETE
Unit 39 – Concrete Forms and Placing Footings
Unit 40 – Essentials of Concrete Work
SECTION 12 UNDERSTANDING AND READING CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS
Unit 41 – Line and Symbol Identification
Unit 42 – The Working Drawings
Unit 43 – Dimensions and Scales
SECTION 13 MASONRY AS A CAREER AND SELECTED MASONRY PROJECTS
Unit 44 – Masonry as a Career
Unit 45 – Selected Masonry Projects
GLOSSARY of TERMS

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Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

FOR INSTRUCTORS

Residential Construction Academy: Masonry, Brick and Block Construction

ISBN: 9781418052843
A valuable addition to the popular Residential Construction Academy series, this book introduces and explains modern residential masonry construction procedures, as well as current building and construction industry safety regulations relevant to the field. Beginning masons, designers, homebuilders, students, and apprentices alike will benefit from the clear diagrams and step-by-step procedures. With technical information from nationally recognized trade associations like the National Association of Home Builders, Masonry Brick and Block Construction is a "must-have" for the aspiring mason.

Instructor's Resource Guide

ISBN: 9781418052850

eResource

ISBN: 9781418052867

DVD

ISBN: 9781418052881

Workbook

ISBN: 9781428323667

FOR STUDENTS

Residential Construction Academy: Masonry, Brick and Block Construction

ISBN: 9781418052843
A valuable addition to the popular Residential Construction Academy series, this book introduces and explains modern residential masonry construction procedures, as well as current building and construction industry safety regulations relevant to the field. Beginning masons, designers, homebuilders, students, and apprentices alike will benefit from the clear diagrams and step-by-step procedures. With technical information from nationally recognized trade associations like the National Association of Home Builders, Masonry Brick and Block Construction is a "must-have" for the aspiring mason.

Masonry CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code

ISBN: 9781133935261

DVD

ISBN: 9781418052881

Workbook

ISBN: 9781428323667