Earl Brothers Masonry was brought to you with 20 years of experience by three men born and built in Santa Maria, California. We may not be the largest company at the moment but our eyes are open to the bigger and greater futures of our customers and our company. Do you need retaining walls or perhaps a block wall? Maybe a stone fire pit or a stone barbecue to make your friends jealous? We'll throw in a free estimate for brick to show you we mean business! We guarantee the quality and integrity of our jobs well done. We'll have local competitors shaking in their boots work boots. We believe that our quality of work will lead to a successful masonry company honored to service the central coast for years to come!
Brick masonry is a highly durable form of construction. It is built by placing bricks in mortar in a systematic manner to construct solid mass that withstand exerted loads. There are several types of bricks and number of mortars which can be used to construct brick masonry. The bond in brick masonry, which adheres bricks together, is produced by filling joints between bricks with suitable mortar. Special cautions shall be practiced while mortar is mixed and placed since it greatly affect the performance and durability of masonry structure.
Masonry block is an important component in construction and building materials in many parts of the world. The binder is usually based on Portland cement, which substantially contributes to the emission of greenhouse gas. To reduce the use of Portland cement in this application, the incorporation of high-pozzolanic industrial by-product content for making concrete masonry blocks is a preferred choice. In this chapter, the types of pozzolanic industrial by-products used for making concrete masonry block are discussed. The fresh and hardened concrete properties, especially strength and durability of mortar, concrete, and, in particular, concrete masonry blocks, are highlighted.
Stonemasonry or stonecraft is the creation of buildings, structures, and sculpture using stone as the primary material. It is one of the oldest activities and professions in human history. Many of the long-lasting, ancient shelters, temples, monuments, artifacts, fortifications, roads, bridges, and entire cities were built of stone. Famous works of stonemasonry include the Egyptian pyramids, the Taj Mahal, Cusco's Incan Wall, Easter Island's statues, Angkor Wat, Borobudur, Tihuanaco, Tenochtitlan, Persepolis, the Parthenon, Stonehenge, the Great Wall of China, and Chartres Cathedral.