X hits on this document

27 views

0 shares

0 downloads

0 comments

1 / 10

Block-Laying Basics

Masonry tech- niques aren’t hard to learn and can be valuable on small jobs

by John Carroll

P lacing a nice new home on top of a bare block foundation is like getting all dressed up for the prom and then wearing a pair of construction boots. So I like to build my foundations out of a combination of brick and block, a common method here in North Carolina.

Blocks — or CMUs (concrete masonry units) — are economical, come in different sizes, and lay up

quickly, so they’re used below grade. Bricks are more expensive and take longer to install, so they’re saved for above-grade work, where they’ll show.

While most GCs will never lay the foundation for an entire house, brick- and block-laying skills can come in handy on small jobs when it’s tough to enlist a masonry contractor. In this article, I’ll use a small workshop foundation that I built to illustrate

NOVEMBER 2006 I JLC I 1

Document info
Document views27
Page views27
Page last viewedSat Dec 10 22:42:21 UTC 2016
Pages10
Paragraphs136
Words3430

Comments