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Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods, 5th Edition by Edward Allen, Joseph Iano

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BRICK MASONRY

History

Mortar

Mortar Ingredients

Mortar Mixes

Mortar Hydration

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CONSIDERATIONS OF SUSTAINABILITY IN BRICK MASONRY

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Brick Masonry

Molding of Bricks

Firing of Bricks

Brick Sizes

Brick Classifications

Choosing Bricks

Laying Bricks

Spanning Openings in Brick Walls

Reinforced Brick Masonry

Masonry Wall Construction

Flemish bond brickwork combines simply and directly with cut limestone lintels and sills in this townhouse on Boston's Beacon Hill. (Photo by the Edward Allen)

Masonry is the simplest of building techniques: The mason stacks pieces of material (bricks, stones, or concrete blocks, collectively called masonry units) atop one another to make walls. But masonry is also the richest and most varied of techniques, with its endless selection of colors, textures, and patterns. And because the pieces of which it is made are small, masonry can take any shape, from a planar wall to a sinuous surface that defies the distinction of roof from wall.

Masonry is the material of earth, taken from the earth and comfortably at home in foundations, pavings, and walls that grow directly from the earth. With modern techniques of reinforcing, however, masonry can rise many stories ...

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