Masonry Industry Resources
A list of masonry industry associations that provide free technical information on their websites.
Brick Sizes and Shapes
Brick sizes and shapes for standard brick types, including information on the specified size, actual size, and nominal size. Also covers brick types and grades to help architects select the best brick for different applications.
Typical Brick Bonds
Provides descriptions and diagrams of the different types of brick bonds that are typically used in construction: Running, Common, American, English, Finish, and Stack.
Concrete Block (CMU) Sizes, Shapes, and Finishes
Concrete masonry Unit (CMU) sizes for standard CMUs - includes both nominal and actual dimensions. Also covers the various CMU shapes and finishes as well as the common ASTM manufacturing standards.
Describes the difference between mortar and grout used with masonry like brick or CMU.
Description of the various types of mortar including characteristics and when to use each type.
Describes and depicts masonry mortar joints and how well they stand up to weather.
An overview of the various types of grout used in masonry construction including specification options and admixtures.
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