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Cody MacFie

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Masonry Complete (eBook)

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Expert advice from start to finish

Cody MacFie

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  • Product # 077602
  • Type PDF Download
  • ISBN 978-1-62113-679-8
  • Published Date 2012
  • Pages 256
  • Photos 850
  • Drawings 35

Installing a beautiful walkway made of pavers, creating a dramatic brick-covered wall, or even repairing foundational cracks to preserve your home—projects like these are easier than ever for DIY-ers with Masonry Complete, today’s most comprehensive reference on masonry. Written for both beginner and advanced home improvers by a second-generation stonesman, this complete masonry guide delves deeply into everything, including buying the right tools, setting up safety precautions, digging a footing, pouring concrete, building a stone fireplace, repairing old masonry, and more.

With Cody MacFie’s step-by-step approach and you-can-do-it attitude, readers will feel empowered and confident to tackle any project, deal with challenges should they arise, and proudly net a finished product in less time than imagined.

About the Author
Cody MacFie is an experienced mason who makes his home in the mountains of western North Carolina. He runs two businesses, Steep Creek Stoneworks, which specializes in stone construction, and French Broad Stone Supply, a building- and landscape-stone materials company. With all that to oversee, MacFie still finds time to write about his craft. His work has appeared in publications such as Fine Homebuilding magazine, and he’s the author of Getting Started with Mortared Stonework.

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Table of Contents

Designing with Masonry
Designing Patios, Walks, and Walls
Planning for Your Situation

Tools and Techniques
Basic Tools
Excavation and Earth-Moving Tools
Demolition and Specialty Tools
Cleanup Tools and Safety Gear

Materials and Methods 
Finishing Materials
Mixed Materials                  
Setting and Reinforcement Materials                   
Synthetic Materials          

Planning on Paper
Preparing the Job Site

Dry-Stack Retaining Wall
General Preparation
Setting the Footing
Adding a Drain Line
Setting Wall Stones and Capstones    

Laying a Stone Patio
General Preparation
Patio Preparation
Setting Stones
Grouting and Sealing

Brick Veneer  
General Preparation
Laying Brick
Laying a Window Seal
Brick-Veneered Steps
Steps with Walls
General Preparation
Site Preparation
Installing Concrete Blocks
Preparing Treads
Setting Stone Veneer and Stair Treads
Creating Wind Walls
Setting Capstones

Block Wall with Stucco Finish
General Preparation
Installing the Footing
Laying Block
Setting Capstones
Finishing with Stucco

A Brick Walkway   
General Preparation
Preparing the Base
Setting Bricks
Adding Steps

Building a Mailbox Column
General Preparation
Installing a Footing
Setting the Block Core
Adding a Stone Veneer
Adding Capstones and Grouting

Manufactured Stone Fireplace
General Preparation
Laying Cultured Stone
Laying the Hearth and Setting the Keystone
Installing the Mantel

Fire Pit with Seat Walls
General Preparation
Building Fire-Pit Walls
Installing Capstones
Building Freestanding Seat Walls


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