This session of Masonry 101 provides a comprehensive introduction to mortar for masonry construction, especially for those who have little to no experience with masonry but find themselves needing to design or review projects. It describes the purpose of mortar joining masonry units and the desirable properties of fresh and hardened mortar. It describes the materials that comprise mortar and explains how mortars are specified, batched, and mixed. Mixing considerations necessarily include good practices for hot and cold weather construction and the additional care required for colored mortar, both for materials and mixing requirements. This session briefly describes quality assurance and quality control for mortar, the difference between QA and QC, and typical reporting requirements related to that. Specialty mortars and ingredients will be briefly discussed to note differences with traditional mortars complying with ASTM C270.
- Describe fresh and hardened mortar properties for masonry construction and describe the materials used to produce plain or colored masonry mortar
- Explain the two methods for specifying mortar for masonry construction and reporting requirements (submittals)
- Overview the proper construction practices for mixing and placing, and review quality assessment procedures
- Review specialty mortars and ingredients and discuss differences with more traditional mortars.
About the Presenter
Jamie Farny, Director, Building Marketing at the Portland Cement Association
Jamie Farny is director of building marketing for the Portland Cement Association. He focuses on promoting the use of concrete and masonry systems for low- and midrise buildings, including cast-in-place, precast, tilt-up, insulating concrete forms (ICFs), and concrete masonry. Farny is also involved in promoting white cement, plaster, and architectural and decorative concrete.
He participates in several industry groups: The Masonry Society, the American Concrete Institute, and ASTM International. He is a voting member of several committees of TMS, including TMS 402/602, which is responsible for developing the building code requirements and specification for masonry structures. He serves as the current chair of ACI’s Residential Concrete Work Committee, ACI 332, and is a voting member of ACI committees on ICFs, plastering, and decorative concrete. He is PCA’s voting member of ASTM’s committees on mortar and grout (C12), plastering (C11), and masonry units (C15).
Farny has experience developing technical and promotional materials on a wide variety of cement-based materials, as well as background testing concrete and other construction materials. He holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.