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How to Install Flashing and Weeps

Moisture penetrating the walls of a masonry structure may lie in the installations of the flashing and weeps.  By Gary Porter In the spring of 2017, Chicago had a damp period that was cooler than normal. Our office received several calls related to moisture penetration. The cause for moisture penetrating the walls of our masonry [...]

2017 Hardscaping Trends

Pergolas, gazebos and pavilions are popular in today’s outdoor living. These are the 2017 hardscaping trends. By Dawn Henning  With the arrival of warmer weather comes the urge to flock to home and garden shows and home improvement stores. Visitation to blogs and social bookmarking sites, such as Pinterest, skyrockets from those seeking  the 2017 hardscaping [...]

No Payment for Unlicensed Contractors

By Timothy R. Hughes Getting paid for your work is critical to your  home improvement business success and even survival. Failing to obtain proper licensing can end your ability to get paid even for remodeling or construction work that is properly performed. The range of impact for unlicensed contractors varies from state to state. States [...]

Siggard was named Fellow of The Masonry Society

CMACN Executive Director Kurt Siggard is the latest to be named fellow of The Masonry Society. Kurtis K. Siggard was named fellow of The Masonry Society (TMS), a professional and technical society for people who work with masonry. Kurtis K. Siggard is executive director of the Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada (CMACN). The distinction of [...]

Preventing Contaminants during Hospital Renovation

Potentially harmful particles can be all around you when hospital construction is underway. Here is how to prevent harmful contaminants during hospital renovation or construction. By Dave Branch The last time you were in the hospital, either as a patient or as visitor, did you stop to consider that the air you were breathing or [...]

Gifts for Mason Contractors this Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner. So, by now, you’ve probably been asked what gift you’d like. If you answered, “Anything is fine with me,” you will likely end up with another classic necktie. Luckily, Pro Masonry Guide is here to help. With the click of your mouse, you can forward this list of [...]

Atlanta’s Suntrust Park Uses Precast Double-Tees

Home of the Atlanta Braves, SunTrust Park incorporates structural precast double-tees components from Metromont. The Cumberland District of Cobb County, Ga., is home to Atlanta’s new SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves and playground for families to experience America’s Pastime. As expected, finding a place for all those fans to park their cars was a [...]

Replacing Spalled Bricks on a Chimney

Chimney bricks experience the wrath of all seasons, so replacing spalled bricks on a chimney is a worthy skill to have. By Brian Estill Bricks are like sponges. We all know that. So why do we think it’s not important to waterproof bricks with a sealant? Equally troublesome is the belief that masonry is maintenance free [...]

Risk of wage claims in the construction industry

Understanding the risk of wage claims in the construction industry under the Fair Labor Standards Act and how it affects you. By Timothy R. Hughes Wage claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) have exploded during the last several years. Between more aggressive enforcement by the U.S. Department of Labor and private lawsuits pursued [...]

Debunking Actual Cost of Brick Homes

Debunking actual cost of brick homes and common misperceptions of  building a brick home versus competing exteriors. RSMeans, North America's leading supplier of construction cost information, developed "The Installed Cost of Residential Siding" study for the Brick Industry Association (BIA).The October 2015 study compares RSMean's estimated construction cost of homes with brick veneer over wood framing with stone veneer, [...]
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