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Old 08-02-2013, 12:39 PM   #1
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I have more free time than I expected, between not getting tons of work and splitting the load of current work in half with my partner. I have plenty to do with this time, but I would also like to learn about different masonry techniques, methods on similar work, related work, even completely different work. Where I live, it's a lot of the same stuff and I want to take advantage of the predictability. Now I know what to focus on.

ie: i've had several jobs on similarly constructed 100 year old brick buildings. I'd like to know what are other problems these types of buildings face, how are the problems sized up, what were common building techniques 100 years ago and where are their weak, strong points, whatever. In this case, I'd want whatever recorded history has to say about brickwork in chicago.

but it would also be nice to get perspective on the brickwork here by perhaps looking into how the trade is performed in other places, times, etc.

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can you recommend reading on masonry techniques, history, methodology? i want to learn more than the work experience is allowing for.
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Ebay often has reprints of old masonry textbooks for sale. I've bought a few but they all say about the same thing.

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You can download 100 year old and older ones on books.google.com and archive.org

Costs less and faster shipping
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Some cool books here.
http://www.astragalpress.com/index_astragal.htm
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ie: i've had several jobs on similarly constructed 100 year old brick buildings. I'd like to know what are other problems these types of buildings face, how are the problems sized up, what were common building techniques 100 years ago and where are their weak, strong points, whatever. In this case, I'd want whatever recorded history has to say about brickwork in chicago.

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A major challenge some 100 yr.old masonry buildings face,the floor joists were placed in pockets in the walls. The joist ends usually were not capped or protected and they were prone to wicking water and rotting in the pockets. Winter of '78 / '79 did a job at 42nd and Marshfield where a roof collapsed with bowstring trusses that spanned 250 ft. the truss ends were compost,a foot in they were as solid as the day they were made. Also, if the building was built prior to 1871 there is a good chance the joists are not fire cut.
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What's fire cut o'wise one?
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What's fire cut o'wise one?



Fire cuts are angle cuts on the top of joists going into joist pockets that allow the burnt through joist to drop out of the wall without turning it over.

Here is a connection that shows a picture.


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By the way,did you enjoy the book Building Early America ?
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While books are being discussed,just wanted to share this company with you folks,been buying from them for a bunch of years and have been happy on all levels. They have a vast amount of topics and I feel very good prices. Enjoy !


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http://www.constructionbook.com/masonry-concrete/

I have purchased the following books/CDs from there

- ACI Manual of Concrete Practice 2009 Edition CD ROM. [I have all the PDF files stored in my DropBox app, so when I have any doubts I get out my iPhone or iPad and start reading] This actually came in handy once and proved a building inspector wrong regarding concrete in cold weather applications. His ego was hurt and still was a d1ck.

- ICC Complete Code Collection 2009 CD ROM [I don't feel like forking out the dough to buy the most up dated version, but I have all the PDF files also in my DropBox app. Nice to have reference at the touch of your finger tips

- Concrete Masonry Handbook for Architects, Engineers, Builders, 6th Edition

- 2009 National Concrete & Masonry Estimator w/ CD-ROM

My brother recently finished 2 post graduate degrees in construction management and sustainable design, so he gave me some of his project management books and RS Means book. The estimating books are very informative.
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Thanks for the"fire cut" explanation. Makes a lot of sence.
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http://www.routledge.com/books/subjects/SCBU1010/
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http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Techno...28Bookshelf%29
There are only a couple of titles here that are specific to masonry, and one of them under that heading is the secret handshake kind of masonry, but I've found some interesting information on this site.
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There are only a couple of titles here that are specific to masonry, and one of them under that heading is the secret handshake kind of masonry, but I've found some interesting information on this site.
Gutenberg project books (and google one as well) can be found through the www.archive.org site. You'll see in the media selection drop down "Text" and under that a list of the sources of their indexed texts.
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Gutenberg project books (and google one as well) can be found through the www.archive.org site. You'll see in the media selection drop down "Text" and under that a list of the sources of their indexed texts.
I didn't know that. Very cool.
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appreciate all the responses! i forgot i asked this question until it came up again today. So far everything work related is going nicely, although somewhat unsteadily. I haven't been doing much reading on masonry in my free time, i picked up a hobby in web app development. i found that my interest in building things extends
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What apps have you made?
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Here are some very entertaining books that give a wide, often inspiring look both global and non-traditional architecture. Necessarily, stone work and masonry is not a neglected topic in these surveys.

I've linked to Amazon for summaries, ratings and reviews:

http://www.amazon.com/Buildings-with...out+architects

*This volume ties with the next in my private ranking. For visualizing basic construction, this gets the brass ring.

http://www.amazon.com/Home-Work-Hand...dbuilt+shelter

*There are a lot of novel "alternative" and creative takes on construction featured here. Some of them are winning.

http://www.amazon.com/Dwellings-The-...ref=pd_sim_b_1

*The author gets involved in the whys behind various construction models prevalent in particular places.

http://www.amazon.com/Architecture-W...out+architects

*I haven't read this one. People who do praise it.
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While books are being discussed,just wanted to share this company with you folks,been buying from them for a bunch of years and have been happy on all levels. They have a vast amount of topics and I feel very good prices. Enjoy !


http://www.hamiltonbook.com/
I concur. "Edward R. Hamilton, Bookseller" has been around for years for good reasons. Their return policy on defective books is superb.

Worth noting--unless the ancient policy has recently changed--is that orders placed online have a per book shipping charge. If you mail in your order with payment, the shipping cost for one book is the same as for an order of a ton of them: $3.50 .

The mailed catalogue is free and comes with a printed order form. Real bargains often go away fast, so be quick on the draw...after you may have checked a place like abebooks.com, bookfinder.com and amazon.com to assure your deal is a deal.

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