This in-depth guide covers everything you need to know to take on masonry projects in and around the home. It teaches how to use poured concrete, brick and block, and natural stone to make walls, planters, patios, rock gardens, outdoor kitchens and more. Each section details the supplies needed, how to plan and estimate a project, prepare a site, and build and install wooden forms, then shows how to apply the techniques through various related projects, all illustrated with step-by-step photographs.
The book covers how to embellish masonry with stains, stamping, veneers, stucco, tiling slabs and steps, and how to repair concrete, steps, brick stonework, foundation veneer, and stucco. It gives quick fixes for wet walls, and ways to renew concrete slabs, to pressure-wash masonry, and repair and replace chimney caps.
A bonus DVD demonstrates how to form, pour and finish a concrete slab, and includes the entire contents of the book in electronic format.
Softcover, 8" x 11", 319 pages, 2010.