Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Masonry & Stonework: by Tom Lemmer

By Tom Lemmer

This revision of Black & Decker the total advisor to domestic Masonry updates a lot of what made the unique ebook a best-seller, but additionally solutions the newest development traits by way of that includes intriguing new details and tasks . as well as the attempted and actual undertaking details on development with concrete, brick and block, the publication positive aspects all new, state of the art info on ornamental concrete finishes, together with acid coloring, stamping, and utilizing cementitious paints. one other new part indicates effortless equipment for casting concrete in varieties to create counter tops, backyard benches, and different components. additionally incorporated are new initiatives for construction holding partitions with tumbled concrete block, dealing with concrete slabs and steps with typical stone and ceramic tiles, and developing outdoors rock gardens.

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A poor surface contains deep or large cracks, broken, sunken or heaved concrete, or extensive spalling. If you have this kind of surface, remove the concrete completely and replace it with a new concrete slab before you lay patio tile. Dig deep, around the patio to create room for 2 × 4 2 face, then set a 2 × 2 spacer on top of the lath Clean dirt and debris from the exposed sides (their combined thickness equals the thickness of the of the patio. Cut and fit 2 × 4 frames around the patio, joining the ends with 3" deck screws.

Once the surface is smooth and level, control joints are cut and the edges are rounded. Special attention to detail in these steps will result in a professional appearance. NOTE: If you plan to add a special finish, read “Finishing & Curing Concrete” (pages 38 and 39) before you begin your project. Start pouring concrete at the farthest point from the concrete source, and work your way back. Everything You Need: Tools: Wheelbarrow, hoe, spade, hammer, mason's trowel, float, groover, edger. Materials: Concrete, 2 × 4 lumber, mixing container, water.

Creating a smoother surface on the sides. This is especially important when building steps. a screed board—a straight piece of 2 × 4 Cut control joints at marked locations (step 10, long enough to rest on opposite forms—to remove 7the Use 8 page 52) with a mason’s trowel, using a straight excess concrete before bleed water appears. 2 × 4 as a guide. Control joints are designed to conMove the screed board in a sawing motion from left to right, and keep the screed flat as you work. If screeding leaves any valleys in the surface, add fresh concrete in the low areas and screed to level.

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