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Concrete & Mortar Handbook – A guide for using concrete and mortar correctly. This is an essential handbook for anyone working with concrete and mortar, whether a complete novice or tradesman, DIY handyman or small builder who has experience in the various fields of construction. It is also a great on-site handbook for professionals in the field.
Simply presented, concise and self-explanatory, this 45-page ebook is packed full of all the essential information needed to complete any project of this kind with success. It contains comprehensive information that covers all the basics required for concrete-work, along with essential facts and useful tips and techniques necessary for working successfully with mortar, whether used for bricklaying, plaster or screeds. This includes good, solid information on everything from the right choice of materials used to make quality concrete and mortar, to mixing methods for concrete and mortar, how to place and finish concrete, and how to plaster walls and/or tackle floors.
Vital technical details are explained in simple language that even a beginner will be able to grasp, and from it gain sufficient confidence to proceed with most standard jobs.
All chapters within the book are illustrated with full-colour photographs that clearly augment the relevant text, including step-by-step sections presented to further simplify the tasks at hand.
A number of technical tables give the correct quantities and mix proportions to be used for preparing various grades of concrete as well as mixing ratios for mortar, plaster and floor screeds. There is a section on how to colour concrete and mortar; examples of how to quantify materials; another section on batching for hand-compacted concrete when using a small concrete mixer; as well as invaluable instructions on how to do field tests on sand to be used for mortar or plaster. To read this book you will need Adobe Acrobat pdf viewer, please click the link at the top of the page (free).
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How To Lay Bricks & Blocks the easy way: a step-by-step guide provides a simple and easy-to-follow introduction to the materials and techniques used when working with bricks or blocks made from concrete and clay. It details methods used to mix and lay concrete for foundations or garden paths, walkways and stairs, and illustrates techniques for plastering walls. Carefully summarised materials lists provide at a glance information. There are also easy-to-follow guidelines to familiarise the amateur with the vital building principles required to succeed with an impressive range of brickwork projects.
A short chapter on Sitework describes how to lay out structures from a basic garden planter to a simple building. It also gives valuable information on foundation types and requirements and covers the subject of damp-proofing floors, walls and roofs. A chapter on Building Procedures is intended for those wishing to tackle more complicated projects ranging from arches and curved or circular walls to garages, outbuildings and even a small house or addition. The use of shuttering for concrete is described and illustrated and the techniques used to build steps from bricks and concrete is covered in some detail. Since the installation of door and window frames, lintels and roofing are all a vital part of construction work, these elements are also included in the chapter. Finally, the various paving options are described and illustrated photographically.
How To Lay Bricks & Blocks the easy way: This step-by-step guide is a clear, concise and essential book for all brickwork enthusiasts, including total amateurs. Whichever project you decide to tackle, this book will help you complete it successfully. Hopefully you will find that not only is bricklaying a skill which anybody can master, but it also presents a wealth of opportunities few other DIY activities can offer.
INCLUDES: Over 300 colour pictures and 11 easy Step-by-Step projects