Glossary of Masonry Terms

Abutment Joints

1. A joint where two successive placements of concrete meet.
2. A separation provided in a building which allows its component parts to move with respect to each other. The cause of such movement may be thermal, seismic or wind loading.*

American Bond

A bond in which every fifth or sixth course consists of headers, the other course being stretchers. Widely used because such brick work can be laid quickly.*


* Dictionary of Architecture & Construction, by Cyril M. Harris

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