Masonry construction involves creating a building, wall, floor or other structure with bricks, concrete blocks or stone. Cement mortar or grout holds the masonry units together. Masonry construction is affordable, durabl... More »

The best way to install caps on retaining walls is to use a masonry saw to cut the blocks for a tight fit, ensuring a smooth surface, especially if there are curves in the wall. A properly capped retaining wall provides ... More »

Some commonly found types of building materials at Habitat for Humanity ReStores are bricks, blocks, pavers and lumber. Many of the building materials that are carried by the ReStores are donated material or come from Ha... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance Building Materials

Viewing sample construction contracts helps educate parties interested in building, renovating or demolishing a structure about the legal obligations that such documents entail. Sample construction contracts can be viewe... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance Building Materials

In the construction trade, a nib is a short section of a wall that juts out from a building's framework. The projection is typically used in the building of brick walls. In some architectural designs, a jib is used to ta... More »

Use 8-by-16-inch concrete masonry unit blocks for foundation walls, basement walls, partition walls, exterior walls or cavity walls. Also known as cinder blocks, the versatile building concrete is also suitable for plant... More » Home & Garden Home Maintenance Building Materials

Concrete blocks, also known as concrete masonry units, cinder blocks and breeze blocks, come in a number of sizes, depending on the country of origin. Standard U.S. blocks, used throughout most of the world, are 16 inche... More »