By Cory Macfie
Fitting a stunning walkway made from pavers, making a dramatic brick-covered wall, or maybe repairing foundational cracks to maintain your home--projects like those are more uncomplicated than ever for DIY-ers with "Masonry Complete," today's so much complete reference on masonry. Written for either newbie and complex domestic improvers by way of a second-generation stonesman, this entire masonry consultant delves deeply into every little thing, together with procuring definitely the right instruments, developing protection precautions, digging a footing, pouring concrete, construction a stone fire, repairing outdated masonry, and extra. With Cody Macfie's step by step procedure and you-can-do-it angle, readers will think empowered and assured to take on any undertaking, take care of demanding situations should still they come up, and proudly web a comprehensive product in much less time than imagined.
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Layer of quarry dust evenly over the surface to bed the pavers. Use a long level to determine elevations ❹. ❶ ❷ ❸ ❹ soil compactors 45 Tools and techniques >> demolition and specialty tools SCAFFOLDING I f you do any amount of work above chest height, get some scaffolding to elevate you to a comfortable working height. There are three main types of scaffolding systems used in masonry. Ladder scaffolding allows you to lift scaffolding boards as you work. This scaffolding gives you more levels when maneuvering heavy objects to the top, such as large stones or heavy containers of cement, and is commonly used in stonework.
At each corner, drop a plumb bob to the floor and mark the point. Connect the marks to form a square. Then measure out (4 in. in this case) to mark the column’s base. Run stringlines from the perimeter corners at the ceiling to the corners of the base. Basic Tools >> Tools and techniques Torpedo levels are handy in tight spaces, so keep one in your pocket. For greater accuracy, however, use the longest level the space allows. A 4-ft. level is the most versatile leveling tool for masonry. It’s long enough to level courses of brick, block, and stone, yet short enough to level a narrow walkway or patio.
Cutting tools Basic Tools >> Tools and techniques A wet saw, typically used for cutting tile, is a good tool for cutting brick and manufactured stone. Wet saws can be rented from your local home improvement store. Elevating them on a table makes the cutting process a little more comfortable, and most models have a convenient slide table that helps make precise cuts. Small right-angle grinders can also be fitted with masonry blades. However, because of the shallow depth of cut, their usefulness is limited.