Sophia, Author at Pro Masonry Guide
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I Agreed to Do What?

By Timothy R. Hughes Subcontractors often sign agreements without having a full idea of what they are signing.  Incorporated documents, standards and codes can present increased risk. Seeing only a portion of the overall design documents and then bidding on a subcontract scope is risky and can open you up to liability. Incorporated prime agreement [...]

General Shale Wins Industry Awards for Brick in Architecture Projects

Two projects featuring General Shale products have been recognized by the Brick Industry Association (BIA) as winners in the 2017 Brick in Architecture awards competition. General Shale received a Gold Award in the Municipal/Government category for the Beardsley Community Farm Education Center, a nonprofit urban farm located in Knoxville, Tenn. Completed in 2016, the education [...]

Driwall™ Rainscreen Application Animation Video

Driwall™ Rainscreen is a drainage mat for exterior wall systems. Here is a new animation video from construction instruction on how to install the full-wall product on your exterior walls. The airspace that this product creates increases airflow through the wall cavity, allowing the wall to breath and stay dry.

Proper Flashing of Cavity Walls

Hundreds of conditions affect moisture-management product installation, and one size does not fit all. By Steven Fechino Flashing is an important part of many masonry projects. Architects are designing moisture management products into walls from Arizona to Florida, and the ability to properly install the products is paramount to every mason contactor. With the shortage [...]

Inspiring Masonry Projects

Masonry Preservation Service showcases its unique approach to masonry preservation and building diagnostics.   Masonry Preservation Services (MPS) has a unique approach to masonry preservation, building envelope diagnostics, repointing, historic restoration, and new buildings. The company has been specializing in architectural maintenance and restoration since 1985. This deep experience gives MPS the ability to react and adapt to varied field conditions and resolve concerns quickly. [...]

MIA+BSI Releases Quartzite Technical Bulletin

Quartzite has been known to cause confusion within the natural stone industry. Some people say it etches. Some say it doesn’t. Sometimes you hear it’s a hybrid between marble and granite. Yet, others report that it’s harder than granite. Which is it? Why are there such conflicting reports about quartzite? A new technical bulletin about [...]

Brick Wall Breakdown: Cost-Effective Ways to Build with Masonry

Many builders consider brick to be too expensive as an exterior cladding, but this misconception couldn’t be further from the truth. By Jim Bryja When considering exterior cladding options for a project, too many builders automatically discount brick. It’s a common misconception that construction of a brick wall costs more than building with non-masonry materials. [...]

ASTM International Presents Erdly with Award of Merit

Masonry Preservation Services CEO Jeffrey L. Erdly received an award recognizing outstanding contributions to the building restoration industry. ASTM International’s Committee on Performance of Buildings (E06) recently presented the Award of Merit to Jeffrey L. Erdly, CEO and co-founder of Bloomsburg, Pa.-based Masonry Preservation Services Inc. The award includes the accompanying title of Fellow and [...]

The Remedy for ‘Sunken Step Syndrome’

The ugly sunken step affects millions of households, but it can be fixed, step by step. Here is the remedy for ‘sunken step syndrome’. By Brian Estill  It’s a common problem here in Louisville, Ky. I see it all the time, and it can prevent you from selling a house or, worse, get you sued […]

The 5 Most Common Thin Veneer Install Mistakes

 Proper professional installation of thin veneer stone is crucial for the stone to work accurately. Find out what are the most common thin veneer install mistakes. By Jim O’Neill Thin veneer stone is extremely common in the building of new homes. There are many advantages to using thin veneer stone on a home, such as, [...]
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