<< I am basically looking for a step by step guide >>
There are racks of books at two places: 1) your local library and 2) the
nearest box store. You've got to get up out of your computer chair and go find
these tomes because online books/guides/whatever are still unprofitable for
publishers. If your Google search was barren, then the above suggestions are a
good start. Might also ask some of the folks at the Bricklayers' Union office.
They may have apprentice books you could buy. Good luck.
Have you bothered to get any estimates on having a Professional do the
You might find that it is not so expensive.
For what it is worth, my take on jobs like this that I am only ever
likely to perform once in my life is that it is usually not worth the
time and trouble to master the skill. Far better to have someone who
has made it his life's work do it and get it done right the first
time, while I do what I do best to earn money.
Whatever way you decide to go, best of luck with it.
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