Category Archives: MASONRY & STONEWORK

How to Mix & Place Mortar

Snap the trowel gently downward to dislodge excess mortar clinging to the edges. Position the trowel at the starting point, and "throw" a line of mortar onto the building surface. A good amount is enough to set three bricks. Do not get ahead of yourself. If you throw too much mortar, it will set before

| Mixing & Placing Mortar

A  professional bricklayer at work is an impressive sight, even for do-it-yourselfers who have completed numerous masonry projects successfully. The mortar practically flies off the 1 rowel and seems to end up in perfect position to accept the next brick or block. Although “throwing mortar” is an acquired skill that takes years to perfect, you

HOW to Cut Concrete Block

V Mark cutting lines on both faces of the block, and then score % to VJ’-deep cuts along the lines using a circular saw equipped with a masonry blade. Use a mason’s chisel and maul to split one face of the block along the cutting line. Turn the block over and split the other face.

HOW to Angle-cut Brick

Pivot Point       Mark the final cutting line on the brick. To avoid ruining the brick, you will need to make gradual cuts until you reach this line. Score a straight line for the first cut in the waste area of the brick about %" from the starting point of the final cutting

How to Score & Cut Brick

.we       Score all four sides of the brick first with a brickset chisel and maul when cuts fall over the web area and not over the core. Tap the chisel to leave scored cutting marks % to Vt" deep, and then strike a firm final blow to the chisel to split the

How to Plan a Brick or Block Project

2 wall width .Wall Width Wall width 2 Frost line       Frost footings are required if a structure will be more than 2 ft. tall or if it is tied to another permanent structure. Frost footings should be twice as wide as the structure they support and should extend 8 to 12" below

Estimating Bricks & Blocks &#9658

Standard brick Pavers for walks  surface area (sq.  ft.) x 5 = And patios (4 x 8)  number of pavers needed Standard bricks Surface area (sq. ft.) x 7 = For walls and Number of pavers needed Pillars (4 x 8) (single brick thickness) Interlocking Area of wall face (sq. ft.) x 1.5 = Block

| Brick & Block Basics

LAying brick and block is a precise business. Many of the tools necessary for these projects relate to establishing and maintaining true, square and level structures, while others relate to cutting the masonry units and placing the mortar. It makes sense to purchase tools you’ll use again, but it’s more cost effective to rent specialty7

Brick & Block

B Rick and block add an earthen, structural feel to an indoor or outdoor environment. The material spans many applications and the array of block material available today in different textures, colors, and sizes allows you to customize the projects in this chapter to your liking. If you are just learning masonry and stonework skills,

How to Cast a Concrete Countertop

  Make the form parts. First, cut 11/2"-wide strips of /<" melamine-coated particieboard for the form sides. Cut the strips to length (26 and 8VA" as shown here) and drill two countersunk pilot holes %" in from the ends of the front and back form sides. Assemble the strips into a frame by driving a