Concrete Construction

Craftsman Book Co
Ken Nolan
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Concrete Construction is a comprehensive reference that contains both tried-and-tested methods and materials, as well as more recent innovations. It covers everything needed to know about concrete, Styrofoam forming systems and fiber reinforcing adjuncts, as well as recent architectural innovations like architectural foam elements, that can help readers expand their concrete businesses. Every chapter provides detailed, step-by-step instructions for each task, with hundreds of photographs and drawings that show exactly how the work is done. Topics include:

  • How to select the right concrete material for the job
  • Laying out foundations and footings
  • Footing forms, including Form-A-Drain and stepped footings
  • Prefabricated building forms -- plywood, corrugated-paper, and STEEL-PLY forming systems
  • Insulated polystyrene concrete forms (ICFs), including ARXX and OUTSULATION systems
  • Planning the pour and pre-pour inspections
  • Concrete reinforcement
  • Pouring, testing, installing joints, finishing and curing the concrete
  • Hot and cold weather pours
  • Constructing and pouring foundation walls, slabs, sidewalks, driveways, curbs and steps
  • Shotcrete and gunite
  • Special concrete finishes and textures
  • Estimating concrete quantities for large and small projects
  • OSHA requirements for working with concrete.