Lesson Category: Book 1


Proper planning prior to starting a concrete job will help prevent wasted materials and effort. There are several ways you can estimate the cubic yards of concrete needed for a job, the number of rolls of welded wire fabric, the lineal feet of form lumber, and the number of form stakes needed for a job. …

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Placing & Leveling Concrete

Placing concrete involves delivering the concrete from the supply and placing it at the established area inside the forms. Leveling involves leveling the concrete to a specific grade. Leveling may also be called rodding, screeding and straight-edging, or dragging-off. Read Book 1 / Unit 14 Review “Words You Should Know”  Watch the videos below:  Complete …

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Measuring is one of the first basic skills that a cement mason should master. Accurate measurements are very important. Cement masons should learn to use the correct tools and use them properly. When doing layout work there is no such thing as “good enough” or “close enough.” It should be accurate. Read Book 1 / …

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Surface Defects

Grinding, rubbing, and sacking are just a few of the ways concrete masons correct defects in concrete walls, floors, and ceilings. Concrete repairs are inevitably necessary in nearly every concrete structure. This unit offers hands-on experience in surface defects and treatments. Read Book 1 / Unit 13 Review “Words You Should Know”  Watch the videos …

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Fundamental Math

Being able to calculate area, volume, and proportions is a valuable skill in the concrete industry. Calculating area allows you to estimate materials.  Volume measurements help you to estimate concrete for walls, steps, and floor slabs, for example. Ratios and proportions are required for mixing ingredients properly and for understanding relationships such as heat loss …

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Blueprint Reading

Building plans consist of drawings and writing material needed to communicate information of the construction process. This information must be presented in a consistent and reliable formso as to serve people involved in all aspects of building construction. Read Book 1 / Unit 6 Review “Words You Should Know”  Watch the videos below:  Complete the …

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