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Concrete Masonry Handbook

Concrete Masonry Handbook for Architects, Engineers, Builders, Sixth Edition

By William C. Panarese, Steven H. Kosmatka

The updated Sixth Edition of Concrete Masonry Handbook for Architects, Engineers, Builders!

Price: $63.95
ISBN: 9780893122607
Product Code: 0893120936
Year: 2008
Binding: Softcover     Page Count: 264
Publisher: Portland Cement Association


The Sixth Edition of PCA's Concrete Masonry Handbook for Architects, Engineers, Builders reflects state-of-the-practice for concrete masonry construction presented in a new layout style. More than 200 color photos describe designing and building with concrete masonry.

Like the previous version, this one contains nine chapters, giving comprehensive coverage to materials -- from units, to mortar, to grout. The chapters on design and construction provide an introduction to the structural behavior of masonry elements, including the types of loads acting on structures, how the loads are carried, key components of masonry walls, and a detailed description of placing masonry.

Includes information on applications for concrete masonry structures, finishes such as paint and plaster, more than 40 details of masonry sections, and a brand new glossary.

Discussions about codes and standards reflect information available at the time of printing:

  • The 2006 International Building Code
  • The 2005 Masonry Standards Joint Committee Building Code Requirement for Masonry Structures and Specification for Masonry Structures, with related commentaries
  • Updated ASTM reference standards

Relevant research and technical publications, including the National Concrete Masonry Association TEK series, are extensively referenced, providing both a thorough understanding of various topics and a key resource for deeper study. From proven practices to innovations in materials and methods, this book delivers sound technical information to a broad audience.

Sample topics include:

  • Self-consolidating grout
  • Colored mortars
  • Preblended mortar materials
  • Mortar netting
  • Segmental retaining walls and other landscape applications
  • Hot and cold weather construction techniques