Higher Education

Masonry Skills, 7th Edition

  • Richard T. Kreh, Sr. Author & Consultant, Masonry
  • ISBN-10: 1285426835  |  ISBN-13: 9781285426839
  • 512 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2004, 1998
  • © 2015 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $78.00
  *Why an online review copy?
  • It's the greener, leaner way to review! An online copy cuts down on paper and on time. Reduce the wait (and the weight) of printed texts. Your online copy arrives instantly, and you can review it anytime from your computer or favorite mobile device.

If you prefer a print copy to review, please contact your representative.

About

Overview

MASONRY SKILLS, Seventh Edition, provides a comprehensive, reader-friendly guide to the masonry trade, covering fundamental principles, basic practices, advanced techniques, and new trends and developments in both residential and commercial masonry. Meticulously revised, the new edition includes the latest developments in the field, including current OSHA requirements, advances in construction technology and techniques, and a focus on sustainable building materials and processes. Featuring two full-color sections of finished projects, a new engaging design, and a wealth of new photos, the seventh edition seeks to inspire and educate both new and practicing masons. Approved and field-tested by professionals, this text is an ideal resource for anyone seeking the specialized knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the masonry industry.

Features and Benefits

  • Logically organized, the text introduces core concepts such as safety, tools, equipment, and manufacturing processes, then moves on to explore essential skills such as estimating, laying brick and block, building corners, and the design and development of chimneys and arches.
  • Explains the concepts behind masonry techniques and successful completion of projects, including the historical significance of how each material evolved, how to read and understand construction drawings, and practical advice on how to properly maintain existing structures and to create new and sustainable works.
  • Drawing on decades of experience as a master mason and an accomplished educator, the author infuses the text with a practical, real-world focus, encompassing tips and techniques, projects and examples, and advice on career considerations.
  • “Cautions” highlight important safety information to help avoid preventable injuries on the job.
  • “Going Green: A Focus on Sustainability” features information related to green practices that are becoming more commonplace within the masonry industry.
  • Carefully designed to meet the needs of current and aspiring masons, the text has been approved and field-tested by professionals.

Table of Contents

Introduction.
Part I: SAFETY PRACTICES, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT, AND BASIC TOOL SKILLS.
1. Safety on the Job.
2. Basic Tools of the Masonry Trade.
3. Learning to Use the Basic Tools.
4. Related Masonry Equipment.
Part II: DEVELOPMENT AND MANUFACTURE OF BRICK AND CONCRETE MASONRY UNITS.
5. Development of Clay and Shale Brick.
6. Manufacture of Brick.
7. Development of Concrete Block.
8. Manufacture of Concrete Block Masonry Units.
Part III: LAYING BRICK TO A LINE AND BUILDING A BRICK CORNER.
9. Mixing Mortar.
10. Laying Brick to the Line.
11. Building the Brick Corner.
Part IV: MORTAR AND ESSENTIALS OF BONDING.
12. Development of Mortar.
13. Types of Mortar and Their Characteristics.
14. Introduction to Bonding.
15. Traditional Structural and Pattern Bonds.
Part V: LAYING CONCRETE BLOCK.
16. Laying Concrete Block to the Line.
17. Building the Block Corner.
18. Bonding Concrete Block and Rules for Bonding.
Part VI: ESTIMATING BRICK AND CONCRETE BLOCK BY RULE OF THUMB MATH AND CUTTING WITH THE MAS0NRY SAW.
19. Estimating Brick Masonry by Rule of Thumb.
20. Estimating Concrete Block Masonry by Rule of Thumb.
21. Cutting with the Masonry Saw.
Part VII: MASONRY PRACTICES AND DETAILS OF CONSTRUCTION.
22. Building a Composite Wall of Brick and Concrete Block.
23. Cavity and Reinforced Masonry Walls.
24. Masonry Supports, Chases, and Bearings.
25. Movement Joints and Intersecting Walls.
26. Installing Anchor Bolts, Brick Corbelling, and Wall Copings.
27. Glass Block Masonry.
Part VIII: SCAFFOLDING AND CLEANING MASONRY WORK.
28. Types of Scaffolding.
29. Safety Rules for Erecting and Using Scaffolding.
30. Cleaning Brick and Concrete Block.
31. Removing Various Stains from Masonry Walls.
Part IX: CHIMNEYS AND FIREPLACES.
32. One Flue Chimney.
33. History, Theory, and Function of a Fireplace and Chimney.
34. Design and Construction of Fireplaces and Chimneys.
35. Multiple-Opening and Heat Circulating Fireplaces.
Part X: ARCHES.
36. Development of Arches.
37. Construction of Semi-Circular and Segmental Arches.
38. Construction of a Jack Arch.
Part XI: CONCRETE.
39. Concrete Forms and Placing Footings.
40. Essentials of Concrete Work.
Part XII: UNDERSTANDING AND READING CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGS.
41. Line and Symbol Identification.
42. The Working Drawings.
43. Dimensions and Scales.
Part XIII: MASONRY AS A CAREER AND SELECTED MASONRY PROJECTS.
44. Masonry as a Career.
45. Selected Masonry Projects.
Appendix: Additional Resources.
Glossary (English and Spanish).

What's New

  • A focus on greener and more sustainable building practices are highlighted in the text where applicable, offering insight into this growing industry trend.
  • Current industry requirements, such as OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) and the BIA (Brick Industry Association), ensure that masons comply with the latest standards and best practices.
  • New and enhanced projects encourage application of the techniques presented in each unit and enable aspiring masons to practice important skills.
  • Reader-friendly approach is complemented by a sleek new design, two full-color sections, and brand new photos to enhance learning.
  • Teaching and learning is enhanced through supporting materials, including an Instructor Resources CD and a Companion website featuring tools for the instructor and student.

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285980638 | ISBN-13: 9781285980638)

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Richard T. Kreh, Sr.

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.