This US Department of Army Concrete and Masonry Field Manual does a great job explaining Concrete and Masonry basics. It's 323 pages of figures, basic explanations and instructions of how to do the work. If you are somewhat new to construction, take some time and review this excellent resource. The official name is US Army FM 5-428.
Another great all around great construction introductory guide that covers some masonry work is the US Navy Builder Training Course Volume #1. The official name of this 332 page resource is Builder 3 and 2, Volume #1, NAVEDTRA 14043.
The US Dept of Defense Masonry Structural Design for Buildings is a mostly engineering design handbook, but has some great simple design guides in the appendix. The official name of this 169 page handbook is UFC 3-310-05A, 1 March 2005.
The US Dept of Defense Cold-Formed Load Bearing Steel Systems and Masonry Veneer/Steel Stud Walls is a design handbook that has information regarding masonry veneer walls. The official name of this 148 page handbook is UFC 3-310-07A, 19 June 2006.
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