A masonry contractor installs concrete units and baked clay products; concrete, glass and clay block; natural and manufactured stone; terra cotta; and fire brick or other material for refractory work. This classification includes the fabrication and installation of masonry component units for structural load bearing and non-load bearing walls for structures and fences installed with or without mortar; ceramic veneer (not tile) and thin brick that resembles full brick for facing; paving; and clear waterproofing, cleaning and caulking incidental to masonry construction.
Authority cited: Sections 7008 and 7059, Reference: Sections 7058 and 7059 (Business and Professions Code)
Content of the Examination
The Masonry (C-29) Examination is divided into five major sections. These sections are:
1. Job Planning and Estimating (42%)
Scope of work
Quantity and cost calculations for masonry, mortar, and grout
Quantity and cost calculations for reinforcements and embedments
Labor cost calculations
Equipment identification and cost
2. Site Preparation and Reinforcement (13%)
Installation of footings and foundations
Drainage and waterproofing
3. Installation of Masonry Materials (26%)
Control and expansion joints
Installation of CMUs
Pre-cast concrete installation
Fabrication and installation of stone slabs
Glass block installation
4. Fireplaces, Chimneys, and Barbecues (8%)
Fireplace construction requirements
Barbecue and fire pit construction requirements
5. Job Site Safety (11%)
Cal/OSHA safety requirements
Handling and fabrication of stone slabs
Disposal of contaminated materials
*Percentages are approximate*
The following questions are typical of the types of items that are on the examination. The correct answer is highlighted.
1. How many 4” x 3” x 8” bricks (including joint) are needed for an 8’ x 30’ brick veneer wall?
2. When the opening of a single face fireplace is 30” high x 42” wide, what should be the minimum area of a rectangular or oval flue?
104 square inches
126 square inches
142 square inches
184 square inches
3. Several units of the highest course of brick wall have shifted out of position after the mortar set partially. Which of the following procedures should be used to remedy the problem?
Point the loose joints.
Slush the loose joints.
Reset the units with fresh mud.
Plumb the units with the flat side of a trowel blade.
*All questions are written and reviewed by licensed contractors who are actively working in the field*