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Masonry Books

*Illustrated techniques to install, repair, replace, maintain, and improve patios, driveways, steps, walkways, walls, and more.   *Step-by-step format provides basics for beginners and reassurance on complex projects for more experienced DIYers.   *Clever ideas will inspire capable masons, while novices will appreciate the easy-to-follow project format.   *More than 400 detailed photos and how-to illustrations accompany every project and explain techniques.   *Lists of time, materials, tools, and skills required for each project.

Now you can add the natural stone and other masonry materials to your landscape. Stonework & Masonry Projects provides the information you need to do the work yourself – easily and economically. In an easy-to-follow format, this book demonstrates basic masonry techniques and provides simple, step-by-step instructions illustrated by clear, colorful photography.   Covers stucco, glass block, hypertufa and tile in addition to traditional masonry materials. -- Offers more than 20 complete step-by-step projects.

Master the basics of masonry walls and paving. Step-by-step illustrations guide you. Tricks of the trade. Color photos. The latest tools, techniques, and materials to make work easier, safer, and quicker

Combining basic-to-advanced instruction and exciting projects, this complete guide shows how to build paths, patios, and walls using all manner of masonry, including brick, stone, tile, and concrete. It helps readers plan structures, choose materials, and select the right tools for the job. Projects include building an outdoor barbecue, casting stepping-stones, and using updated concrete decorating techniques such as acid staining, resurfacing, stamping, and tinting. Step-by-step instructions take readers through every phase of the building process with clear, easy-to-understand text and 200 how-to photos. Includes complete materials lists and information on maintenance and repair. Even more comprehensive than the ultra-successful Walks, Walls & Patio Floors!

The Getting Started with Mortared Stonework: Walls, Patios, Fireplaces, Columns & More
This book is an all-new hardworking visual guide to the most popular home concrete and masonry projects, endorsed by the biggest manufacturer of concrete products in North America. Readers can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars with this book, since concrete materials are one of the least expensive and long lasting of all building materials.   Quikrete Guide to Concrete includes the most common home repairs, but goes a step further by offering some of the most exciting new techniques for building concrete countertops and form-cast landscaping features, as well as techniques for coloring and texturing concrete for designer finishes. Shows all the tools, materials, and techniques needed to build a variety of popular masonry and concrete projects, including walls, patios, and sidewalks.   *Comprehensive planning and design chapter helps readers successfully prepare for a wide range of projects.   *Detailed instructions—supported by more than 600 photos and illustrations—explain and show readers how to complete every job successfully.   *Priceless tips on maintaining and repairing masonry to ensure a long and attractive service life for every project. Simply and clearly written, Modern Masonry provides students with a solid understanding of the safe and proper methods of laying brick, block, and stone. Also receiving thorough coverage is concrete construction, including both formed construction and flatwork. This thoroughly illustrated full-color text provides students with a broad understanding of materials, their properties, and their applications. A detailed glossary and an extensive reference section will be highly useful to students as they acquire masonry skills. Drawing on five generations of family tradition as stonemasons in his native Scotland, Ian Cramb created this masterful work to pass on his knowledge and experience to craftsmen who wish to learn the ancient, but still necessary, principles of the stonemason's art. Since original publication by Betterway Books in 1992, this book has established itself as an essential learning tool for masons doing new construction and also those engaged in restoration of historic stone structures.   Beginning with a detailed discussion of building with "random rubble", which is the name for the early Celtic art of building with irregular stones bedded on mortar, the author proceeds to more complex projects such as fireplaces, stairs, arches, bridges and more. There is extensive treatment of various restoration techniques involved with historic structures both in the US and Britain, some as old as 1000 years. In addition the author covers various types of stone, stone-cutting, etc. as well as using tractional mortar mixes, which have demonstrated their utility in stone walls and buildings which have lasted for many centuries.   The Art of the Stonemason is profusely illustrated with the author's meticulous line drawings and photographs.   Ian Cramb began his apprenticeship at the age of 14 in Dunblane, Scotland. Surrounded by large estates, farm buildings, a ruined 13th century bishop's palace, two large fifteenth century castles, a Gothic cathedral, and numerous other stone buildings, Dunblane was an apprentice stonemason's paradise. In 1957 Mr. Cramb took over as master stonemason on the restoration of the monastic buildings around the abbey on Iona. He rebuilt the cloisters, restored St.Michael's Chapel, and also restored St. Oran's Chapel in the Cemetary of Kings, built in 1075. In 1959 Mr. Cramb moved to the US where he set stone and marble on the Capitol building, and then he acted as stone and marble mason for the Raeburn Building and World Bank Building in Washington, DC. He now lives in Bangor, Pennsylvania. There is nothing quite like a hot, crackling fire on a cold, snowy night. Use this new book as a reference guide to create your dream fireplace, be it contemporary or a more conservative, classic design. Step-by-step instructions will walk you through the process from start to finish, from choosing the best location and installing the fireplace and venting to finishing your home's new centerpiece. Construction techniques are demonstrated in more than 290 color photos and 20 detailed diagrams.

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