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Masonry & Concrete Construction Revised

By: Ken Nolan

This is the revised edition of the popular manual, with updated information on everything from on-site preplanning and layout through the construction of footings, foundations, walls, fireplaces and chimneys.

There’s an added appendix on safety regulations, with all the applicable OSHA sections pulled together into one handy condensed reference. There’s new information on concrete, masonry and seismic reinforcement. Plus improved estimating techniques to help you win more construction bids.

The emphasis is on integrating new techniques and improved materials with the tried-and-true methods.

This book is the ideal reference for the busy masonry contractor, with just about everything you need to know about masonry and concrete construction.


  • Information on cement and mortar types, mixes, coloring agents and additives, and suggestions on when, where and how to use them;
  • Calculating footing and foundation loads, with tables and formulas to use as references
  • Forming materials and forming systems
  • Pouring and reinforcing concrete slabs and flatwork
  • Block and brick wall construction, including seismic requirements
  • Crack control, masonry veneer construction, brick floors and pavements, including design considerations and materials
  • Cleaning, painting and repairing all types of masonry.


Chapter 1

Planning, Site Work and Surveying, 5
Planning the job, 5
Surveying for Footings and Foundations, 11
Benchmarks and Elevations, 14
Staking Out a Building, 16
Measuring and laying Out Horizontal Angles, 17

Chapter 2

Concrete Characteristics and Properties, 21
Portland Cement, 21
Aggregate, 22
Water, 23
Material Proportions, 23
Preparing Small Batches of Concrete, 24
Common Flaws in Concrete, 26
Admixtures, 26
Coloring Concrete, 28
The Curing Process, 31
Surface Treatments for Concrete, 32
Testing Concrete, 32
Estimating Concrete for Small Jobs, 34

Chapter 3

Mortar, 37
Mortar Components, 37
Properties of Mortar, 40
Mortar Types and Uses, 42
Mixing Mortar, 43
How to Place Mortar, 45
Special Conditions, 46
Preventing Efflorescence, 48
Estimating Mortar, 48

Chapter 4

Sizing and Building Concrete Footings, 51
Footings and Load, 51
Sizing Wall and Pier Footings, 54
Forms for Concrete Footings, 57
Steel Reinforcement in Concrete Footings, 58
Pouring Concrete Footings, 60
After You Pour, 61

Chapter 5

Slab and Block Foundations, and Retaining Walls, 63
Slab Foundations, 64
Stepped Foundations, 66
Masonry Materials, 66
Preparing to Build, 67
Laying the First Course, 72
Pilasters, 74
Masonry Retaining Walls, 75
Estimating Block for Concrete Block Walls, 76

Chapter 6

Pier and Grade Beam Foundations, 79
Pier Foundations, 79
Grade Beams, 82

Chapter 7

Concrete Form Construction, 85
Form Materials, 85
Tables for Form Design, 88
Building the Forms, 93
Prefabricated Forms, 94
Form Stripping and Maintenance, 102

Chapter 8

Poured Concrete, 105
Common Concrete Delivery Problems, 105
The Importance of Water, 106
Placing the Concrete, 106
Finishing the Slab, 108
Curing Concrete, 110
Controlling Cracking in Concrete, 110
Pouring Concrete in Cold Weather, 113
Pouring Concrete in Hot Weather, 113
Pouring Sidewalks and Driveways, 113
Precast Concrete Slab Sidewalks, 116

Chapter 9

Reinforced Masonry Construction, 119
Masonry Walls and Partitions, 119
Openings in Masonry Walls, 123

Chapter 10

Reinforcing and Crack Control in Masonry Walls, 129
Control Joints, 129
Reinforcement for Masonry Walls, 131
Anchors for Masonry Walls, 133
Expansion Joints, 137
Sealants, 138

Chapter 11

Brick Wall Construction, 141
Bonds and Patterns in Brickwork, 142
Mortar Joints, 148
Salvaged Brick, 150
Estimating Brick Quantities, 151

Chapter 12

Brick Veneer Construction, 153
Properties of Brick Veneer, 153
Foundations for Brick Veneer, 154
Selecting Materials, 154
Supporting Veneer, 158
Allowing for Movement, 159
Lintels, Sills and Jambs, 162
Attaching Brick Veneer to an Existing Structure, 163
Brick Veneer Over Metal Studs, 164
Cavity Walls, 165
Caulking and Sealants, 167

Chapter 13

Limestone, 169
How to Store Limestone, 169
How to Handle Limestone, 170
Supporting Limestone, 171
Making Joints, 173
Setting Limestone in Cold Weather, 174
Dry Setting, 175
Sealants and Joint Movement, 175
Dampproofing, 177
Cleaning Limestone, 178
Removing Stains from Limestone, 179
Repairing Damaged Stone, 180

Chapter 14

Cleaning and Painting Brick Masonry, 183
Cleaning Brick Masonry, 184
Efflorescence, 187
Removing Some Common Brick Stains, 188
Painting Brick Masonry, 189
Masonry Paints, 191
Painting Near Unpainted Masonry, 193

Chapter 15

Flashing and Moisture Control, 195
Flashing Materials, 195
How to Install Flashing, 196
Where to Install Flashing, 197
Weep Holes, 199
Controlling Moisture in Brick Veneer and Cavity Walls, 200
Sealants and Caulking, 201

Chapter 16

Chimneys and Fireplaces, 203
Flues, 203
Fireplaces, 211

Chapter 17

Floors and Pavements, 219
Selecting the Right Brick for the Job, 219
Planning the Job, 220
Consider the Site, 221
Selecting the Color, Texture and Bond Pattern, 221
Joints, 222
Base Materials, 224
Setting Beds, 227
Cushion Materials, 228


Construction Safety, 231
Occupational Safety and Health Act, 231
OSHA Standards, 233
Subpart H. Material Handling, Storage, Use and Disposal, 251
Subpart l. Tools-Hand and Power, 251
Subpart K. Electrical, 251
Subpart L. Ladders and Scaffolding, 252

Glossary, 281

Index, 293

About the Author:

Ken Nolan completed his apprenticeship with Local 57 of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen in 1967. He worked in heavy construction and highway projects until he began his own construction company in 1973.

In addition to running his company, Mr. Nolan spends much of his time teaching construction at occupational centers and colleges. He holds a degree in vocational education, and for the past 1 0 years has written the curriculum for the trade and technical education programs for the New York State Education Department.

He has also served as a consultant on construction education to New York State colleges. Mr. Nolan has published four successful construction books, and holds patents for a number of construction tools he developed on the construction site.

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