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Masonry Complete

Masonry Complete

By Cody Macfie

Everything from on-site pre-planning and layout o the construction of footings, foundations, walls, and chimneys.

Price: $21.95
Product Code/ISBN: 9781600854279
Year: 2012
Binding: Softcover     Page Count: 256
Publisher: Taunton Press

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 with Masonry Complete, today's most comprehensive reference on masonry.

Written for both beginner and advanced contractors 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!


  • 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
  • Preparation
    • 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