Masonry Complete: Expert Advice From Start to Finish by Cory Macfie

By Cory Macfie

Fitting a stunning walkway made from pavers, making a dramatic brick-covered wall, or perhaps repairing foundational cracks to maintain your home--projects like those are more straightforward than ever for DIY-ers with "Masonry Complete," today's so much finished reference on masonry. Written for either newbie and complex domestic improvers through a second-generation stonesman, this entire masonry advisor delves deeply into every thing, together with purchasing the ideal instruments, constructing protection precautions, digging a footing, pouring concrete, development a stone hearth, repairing outdated masonry, and extra. With Cody Macfie's step by step procedure and you-can-do-it angle, readers will believe empowered and assured to take on any undertaking, take care of demanding situations should still they come up, and proudly web a accomplished product in much less time than imagined.

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Going to a stoneyard to pick out materials for a project can be overwhelming because there are so many choices, but it can also be a lot of fun. In addition to standard options for walls, patios, and walkways, there will be some products that will surprise and intrigue you. It’s a great place to wander as you think through your project. You can also pick out a grout color for mortared stonework, such as walls and patios. Look for quality, not just beauty. Stone that looks attractive in a pallet might not be the best for your project.

Using a mortar mixer To make mortar, turn on the paddles first and add half of the amount of sand. Add mortar next, and then add the other half of sand. Run the paddles a few minutes ❶. When the dry ingredients look evenly mixed, add the desired amount of water ❷. Mix the batch for a few more minutes. Make sure all the lumps are crushed and that it looks like an even mixture. If you accidentally add too much water, add more of the dry mix, in the same ratio as before. ❶ 44 mortar mixers ❷ After the mortar is thoroughly mixed, disengage the gears and turn the barrel over with the handle so that the cement falls into the wheelbarrow ❸.

Jackhammers can be fitted with a variety of tips, are easy to rent, and don’t require an advanced degree to operate. Pry bars don’t see a lot of use on masonry projects, but they come in handy for removing old stone or brickwork, especially veneers, after you loosen them with a heavy sledgehammer. Flat hoes will help remove any type of debris from a slab if you’re prepping it for flagstone pavers. Mattocks can also be used for demolition work. Claw hammers and pry bars come in handy for demolishing wood structures and also can be used to remove stone or brick veneer.

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