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sa   BRICK

How to work with concrete.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1971 (v.49#7) pg. 50

Tips on tools and hardware to use for hanging things on concrete or masonry.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS May 1989 (v.67#5) pg. M10 (170+)

Tips on cutting concrete with a circular saw using a silicon carbide blade.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1990 (v.68#7) pg. J5

Using your concrete dollar wisely. Tips on quality, placing, finishing and curing.
COUNTRYSIDE & SMALL STOCK JOURNAL Feb 1985 (v.69#2) pg. 25

A summary of the major types of cleaning and waterproofing techniques used to restore brick, masonry and stone buildings.
EARLY AMERICAN LIFE Jun 1977 (v.8#3) pg. 52

Pointers on pre-mix cement products. Types of pre-mix cement products available and the uses they should be put to described. Includes a chart of all types of trowels and when to use each.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #99 Aug 1967 (v.17#4) pg. 38

Beautify your backyard with masonry and concrete projects. Part 1. (1) How to extend a concrete patio. (2) How to make a patio bench. (3) Capping a brick wall with concrete. (4) Installing a barbecue in concrete.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #126 Apr 1971 (v.21#4) pg. 30

Beautify your backyard with masonry and concrete projects. Part 2. (1) Making a garden pool and waterfall. (2) Building a brick planter and garden light. (3) Building a stone wall planter/seat. (4) Laying decorative brick edgings.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #127 Jun 1971 (v.21#5) pg. 37

How to create your own bricks on a wall. Special cement-like material is applied to the wall. Tape is applied in a brick-like pattern and then a thick coat of finish is applied. Removal of the tape creates the "bricks".
FAMILY HANDYMAN #140 Dec 1972 (v.22#9) pg. 56

How to work with concrete. Tips on forming, leveling, curing and finishing.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #191 Jul-Aug 1978 (v.28#6) pg. 80

A summary of the periodic maintenance required by masonry.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #201 Sep 1979 (v.29#7) pg. 59

How to form concrete using a snap-together, light-gauge metal form assembly.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #203 Nov 1979 (v.29#9) pg. 92

How to build with concrete block using surface bonding instead of mortar.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #207 Mar 1980 (v.30#3) pg. 52

Ten steps to concrete blocklaying.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #237 Mar 1983 (v.33#3) pg. 36

Ten most-asked questions about concrete.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #278 Apr 1987 (v.37#4) pg. 82

Tips on pouring 6" of concrete over an existing concrete porch.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #295 Feb 1989 (v.39#2) pg. 6

Tips on installing a cement floor in a pole building so as to reduce chances of cracking.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #306 Mar 1990 (v.40#3) pg. 8
Added Info FAMILY HANDYMAN #309 Jun 1990 (v.40#6) pg. 7

How to level a concrete floor. A method for identifying the low spots and then filling them.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #327 Apr 1992 (v.42#4) pg. 10

Getting to know concrete. How to make concrete last a lifetime. An explanation of what constitutes a strong mix, how water effects it, the advantages of a good cure and how to reduce or control cracking.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #328 May 1992 (v.42#5) pg. 24

Tip shows how to securely mount screws, hooks or nails to a concrete surface.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #332 Oct 1992 (v.42#9) pg. 61

The best concrete fastener for the job. What is available for light, medium and heavy-duty applications and tips on their installation.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #354 Jan 1995 (v.45#1) pg. 49

Breaking up concrete floors using both manual and machine methods.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #360 Jul-Aug 1995 (v.45#7) pg. 73

Options for fastening wood posts to concrete.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #366 Mar 1996 (v.46#3) pg. 8

Fiber-reinforced concrete. What it is, what the research shows, and when to use it.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #376 Mar 1997 (v.47#3) pg. 84

Easy ways to cut tough concrete.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #395 Feb 1999 (v.49#2) pg. 22

Tip: Use expansion cement to anchor railings to concrete porches, to stucco, or to concrete block walls.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #3 Jun-Jul 1981 pg. 6

Fonthill. Description and construction details of the unorthodox concrete house built by Henry Chapman Mercer in Doylestown PA in 1908.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #6 Dec 1981-Jan 1982 pg. 28

Surface-bonded block. A strong, fast and inexpensive alternative to poured-concrete or block-in-mortar walls.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #12 Dec 1982-Jan 1983 pg. 34
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #27 Jun-Jul 1985 pg. 12

Concrete. Understanding the characteristics of this material will ensure a finished product of high quality.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #13 Feb-Mar 1983 pg. 28

Small-job concrete. Site-mixed mud can be batched as accurately as ready-mix, given a strong back and a few guidelines.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #13 Feb-Mar 1983 pg. 34

Building with ferro-cement. Freeform concrete walls redefine the interior of a 600-year old structure on the Italian Riviera.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #13 Feb-Mar 1983 pg. 50

Lloyd Wright's Sowden house. Includes details on fabricating "textile blocks", a concrete block construction system advocated by Frank Lloyd Wright and his son.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #14 Apr-May 1983 pg. 66

Dry-stack block. Precision-ground concrete blocks make it easy to build a wall.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #16 Aug-Sep 1983 pg. 54

Formulas to speed the calculation of cubic yards of concrete in a footing, column, wall, or slab.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #17 Oct-Nov 1983 pg. 14

Tip: Use pieces of rigid foam to make a temporary dam when filling concrete forms.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #24 Dec 1984-Jan 1985 pg. 22

Insulated masonry walls. Concrete block comes of age with new technology for energy efficiency. What techniques are available and tips on their use.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #31 Feb-Mar 1986 pg. 38

Tips on cutting an opening for a door in an existing poured-concrete wall.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #41 Aug-Sep 1987 pg. 10

Tip: Protect chalk layout lines on concrete by spraying with a clear finish.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #44 Feb-Mar 1988 pg. 24

How to snap chalk lines on damp concrete and protect them from rain and sweeping.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #47 Jun-Jul 1988 pg. 32

Tip: Filter fabric keeps steel stakes from sticking to concrete.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #51 Feb-Mar 1989 pg. 24

Curing concrete. Keeping it warm and wet for a week will make concrete stronger and more watertight.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #55 Aug-Sep 1989 pg. 66
Correction FINE HOMEBUILDING #56 Oct-Nov 1989 pg. 6

The function of lime in mortar mix is explained.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #71 Dec 1991-Jan 1992 pg. 16

Advice on eliminating the vapor barrier beneath concrete slabs on grade.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #77 Oct-Nov 1992 pg. 10

Building with pumice-crete (a lightweight, insulating concrete) to simulate adobe construction.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #77 Oct-Nov 1992 pg. 55

Pouring concrete slabs. Tips on ordering, screeding, floating, and finishing.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #83 Aug-Sep 1993 pg. 46
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #86 Feb-Mar 1994 pg. 6

Avoiding common mistakes in concrete and masonry. Simple changes to make walls and foundations much sturdier.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #103 Jun-Jul 1996 pg. 80
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #106 Dec 1996-Jan 1997 pg. 6

What you should know about concrete mixes.
HANDY ANDY May 1979 (v.3#8) pg. 21

How to work with concrete blocks.
HANDY ANDY Sep 1980 (v.4#10) pg. 40

Mixing concrete by hand.
HOME CRAFTSMAN May-Jun 1965 (v.34#2) pg. 41

Masonry walls. A look at two new techniques and tips on their use. (1) Surewall block bonding. (2) Thermal wall system.
HOME MECHANIX #698 Jun 1986 (v.82) pg. 44

How to prepare a form and pour a concrete pad (floor) for your garden shed.
HOME MECHANIX #699 Jul 1986 (v.82) pg. 71

A simple system for obtaining a smooth finish on rough interior concrete or block walls requires little more than applying drywall joint compound to the masonry surface.
HOME MECHANIX #714 Oct 1987 (v.83) pg. 132

Tip: Remove mortar splatters from concrete block after it dries to avoid leaving a blemish.
HOME MECHANIX #730 Feb 1989 (v.85) pg. 21

Fabulous fakes. The upscale look of down-to-earth concrete masonry building products. What is available in concrete roofing, wall finishes, retaining walls and pavers.
HOME MECHANIX #748 Sep 1990 (v.86) pg. 34
Added Info HOME MECHANIX #751 Dec 1990-Jan 1991 (v.86) pg. 6

Mortarless concrete block construction is easy for do-it-yourselfer. Three different systems are viewed.
HOMEOWNER Apr 1986 (v.11#3) pg. 62

Tip: Use an empty caulk tube to force mortar into hard-to-reach places.
HOMEOWNER Apr 1989 (v.14#3) pg. 72

How to install simulated masonry, like artificial bricks and stone.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO #2 Summer 1976 (v.1#2) pg. 81

Short course in laying concrete block. Type of blocks, estimating materials needed, laying the blocks and finishing the joints.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO #2 Summer 1976 (v.1#2) pg. 120

Two-page quick-reference collection gives brick and block laying hints, table of motar quantities, brick and block sizes and nomenclature, joints and bonds, and tables of mixing information for motar, concrete and cement.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Sep-Oct 1978 (v.3#5) pg. 68

Reference guide to working with concrete. Charts cover mixing information, estimating yardage, coloring pigments, brick and block motar specs and concrete repair materals. Includes ideas on forms, on removing stains and repair preparation and application hints.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jul-Aug 1979 (v.4#4) pg. 63

How to make concrete. Part 1. Ingredients, trial mix, air-entraining, and calculating amount of material needed.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Mar-Apr 1983 (v.8#2) pg. 83

How to make concrete. Part 2. Placing, finishing, and curing concrete slabs.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO May-Jun 1983 (v.8#3) pg. 84

How to buy and use ready-mix concrete.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #447 Aug 1965 (v.61) pg. 85

How to build a wall of concrete blocks that you mold yourself. Includes plans for building your own mold for column blocks. Decorative screen blocks are cast in manufactured molds.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #588 May 1977 (v.73) pg. 118

Building with concrete block.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #662 Jul 1983 (v.79) pg. 18

How to form and pour a concrete slab.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #674 Jun 1984 (v.80) pg. 56

Two solutions for eliminating water condensation on a concrete slab basement floor.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #676 Aug 1984 (v.80) pg. 12

How to cut a straight line in concrete using a circular saw and a simple jig.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #678 Oct 1984 (v.80) pg. 12

A look at a home built in Idaho just after World War II from sawdust and concrete. A look at the original construction and the house, 30 years later. A reprint of a technical bulletin, "Woodfibre Diatomite Concrete," can be ordered.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #49 Jan-Feb 1978 pg. 98

Mudworks. A homeowner's lesson in the art of mixing and using concrete and mortar.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #112 Jul-Aug 1988 pg. 90

How to build a mold and cast your own decorative concrete blocks. Use the blocks to form outdoor seating, planter boxes, barbecue grill, etc.
NEW SHELTER May-Jun 1981 (v.2#5) pg. 41, 45

New ways to build. Five construction techniques that save on costs without sacrificing strength and durability. (1) Surface-bonded masonry uses conventional concrete blocks without mortar in the joints. (2) Airtight drywall uses sealants and foam gaskets instead of polyethylene to create an airtight vapor barrier. (3) Truss framing for roof and floor trusses. (4) Permanent wood foundations. (5) Tunnel-form shell concrete.
NEW SHELTER Feb 1986 (v.7#2) pg. 34

How to pour a concrete slab.
NEW SHELTER May-Jun 1986 (v.7#5) pg. 78

Removing stains from masonry.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May 1977 (v.5#5) pg. 58

How to repoint masonry in an old house so that the joints look the same age as the rest of the house. Includes recipe for soft mortars.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jun 1979 (v.7#6) pg. 61

Ornamental concrete block houses. A detailed look at this turn-of-the-century building material.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Oct 1984 (v.12#8) pg. 165

When and where to use sand mix, mortar mix, and concrete mix when doing concrete patching and construction jobs.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1967 (v.127#4) pg. 178

How to lay concrete blocks.
POPULAR MECHANICS Oct 1968 (v.130#4) pg. 166

How to imbed bolts or fill cracks in concrete using instant, expanding, nonportland hydraulic cement.
POPULAR MECHANICS Oct 1969 (v.132#4) pg. 168

Answers to eight often-asked questions about do-it-yourself concrete work.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1972 (v.137#6) pg. 152

How to lay out and pour concrete slabs. Includes formulas for computing ready-mix concrete quantities and construction techniques for floor slabs, driveways and sidewalks.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1973 (v.140#2) pg. 92

Use vinyl molding to form the edging of free-form molds. Support the vinyl with bricks and stakes every 4" to 6".
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1977 (v.147#3) pg. 154

Tips on protective clothing to wear when working with fresh concrete.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1988 (v.165#6) pg. 127

The easy way to raise sunken concrete slabs.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1965 (v.186#6) pg. 146

Chart calculates volume (in cubic yards) of concrete needed for a given length, width and depth.
POPULAR SCIENCE Apr 1966 (v.188#4) pg. 149

How to prepare the site and lay out the wooden grid work for pouring a concrete patio.
POPULAR SCIENCE Apr 1968 (v.192#4) pg. 176

How to give cement a fine finish. Instructions for a proper mix, pouring, correct tools and the right time to use them.
POPULAR SCIENCE May 1968 (v.192#5) pg. 149

How to use expansive (shrinkage-compensating) concrete.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jul 1970 (v.197#1) pg. 84

How to lay new concrete blocks that need no mortar.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1970 (v.197#3) pg. 102

How to build a concrete wall the easy way. Stack the blocks up dry (without mortar) and then trowel a coating of BLOC/BOND on the surface of the blocks. Some tips on its use.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1973 (v.202#6) pg. 112

No need to mix concrete for small jobs. Just pour in the dry mix, sprinkle with water, and let the water soak in. Use for any non-critical unfinished concrete such as post-setting.
POPULAR SCIENCE Nov 1974 (v.205#5) pg. 153

A look at the new mortarless concrete blocks available from the Zip Brick Company.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1976 (v.209#2) pg. 77

Cement mixes in a sack. Choosing the right one for your job. Table shows the variety available and which one to use.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1976 (v.209#3) pg. 116

Level-up sinking concrete blocks (such as those on which wooden steps rest) by forcing a very dry mixture of mortar and water underneath the slab in order to raise it.
POPULAR SCIENCE Apr 1977 (v.210#4) pg. 192

Guide to concrete reinforcing. How to add reinforcing bars or wire mesh to fortify a concrete project.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1977 (v.211#2) pg. 126

Concrete facings. How to add color and texture to concrete, how to add exposed aggregates to concrete and how to pattern concrete, all in an effort to make it more decorative.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1978 (v.213#2) pg. 96

How to use the dry-casting process for pre-casting stepping stones, fence panels, wall plaques, building a sidewalk, patio, driveway, etc.
POPULAR SCIENCE Aug 1982 (v.221#2) pg. 101

Cookie-cutter concrete. How to use the "pattern-stamping" technique to make concrete slabs look like brick, tile, or cobblestone.
POPULAR SCIENCE Apr 1984 (v.224#4) pg. 99

Successful slabs simplified. Experts devise new techniques for mixing and laying small batches of concrete.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jul 1986 (v.229#1) pg. 72
Added Info POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1986 (v.229#4) pg. 4
Added Info POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1987 (v.230#1) pg. 6

Improved concrete construction techniques viewed. (1) Foam forms that stay in place after the concrete hardens. (2) Plastic reinforcement fibers which take the place of wire mesh in driveways.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER May-Jun 1988 (v.3#5) pg. 76

Tip on halting surface "dusting" of concrete.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Jul-Aug 1988 (v.3#6) pg. 19

Tip on sandblasting concrete blocks to achieve an interesting texture.
SUNSET Nov 1978 (v.161#5) pg. 121

Tools you can rent to help you demolish your own concrete or asphalt paving.
SUNSET Sep 1982 (v.169#3) pg. 196

Tips on recycling broken-up concrete into outdoor paths, steps, benches, ... etc.
SUNSET Sep 1996 (v.197#3) pg. 104

How to lay concrete block.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1963 (v.19#4) pg. 28

Proportions for mixing your own concrete.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1966 (v.22#2) pg. 48

Toy concrete block machine. This hand-operated machine makes miniature concrete blocks 3" long.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1967 (v.23#1) pg. 46

How to use the "dry-pack" method for backyard concrete, brick and stone projects. Includes step-by-step instructions for using ready-mix concrete poured dry into forms and then wet down afterward.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1973 (v.29#4) pg. 28

The basics of working masonry. Emphasis is on the tools needed and how each is used.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1977 (v.33#5) pg. 88

Ready-mix concrete versus mix-it-yourself. Ready-mix may turn out to be cheaper. Some tips.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1980 (v.36#2) pg. 56