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Designing an Adhered Masonry Veneer – Part Three

Consider the requirements associated with continuous rigid insulation, extruded wire lath and the scratch and top coat options for the materials and installation methods available for the construction of your wall. By Steven Fechino During the last few months, we have looked the design of an adhered masonry veneer wall that could be found in […]

Look at Every Option When Cleaning Masonry

Hank Johnson HJ’s Stone Artistry Restorations When cleaning masonry, how much water is too much water? That’s the question many masons find themselves asking when cleaning masonry platforms. The dicey part is that water, and how you use it, can have a huge effect on the outcome. If your platform is not sealed tightly or […]

Restoring a Legacy in Missouri

Lightweight block was the material of choice to rebuild the historic Fulton State Hospital. By Anderson Williams Designers of the new Fulton State Hospital in Fulton, Mo., faced a critical deadline. The oldest psychiatric care facility in the state was woefully out of date and urgently needed replacement. For a time, it appeared the new […]

A Guide to Renting Versus Buying Masonry Equipment

As a mason, knowing when to fully invest or to rent can save you money now and in the long run. By Maureen Upchurch As a mason, the decision between renting versus buying masonry equipment has a direct impact on your bottom line, which is greatly impacted by purchasing equipment. When equipment needs arise, you […]

Designing an Adhered Masonry Veneer

A look at weather resistant barriers Last month we covered several of the components of the structural substrate. Focusing on a stud wall construction, Oriented Strand Board (OSB), plywood, gypsum and bituminous sheathing, we discussed the performance of each product and how it is related to the wall. In part two of this series on […]

Building a Safe Culture in the Masonry Industry

By Zach Everett When we talk about building a safe culture in the masonry industry, it is necessary to know what is all this rhetoric about “safety culture” anyway? I think most people get the general idea, but let’s make certain of what we’re talking about when we use the word “culture” in reference to [...]

Designing an Adhered Masonry Veneer

By Steven Fechino Walls today offer better technology and water protection than in years past. Adhered masonry veneers are better designed and perform more efficiently when the entire wall system is considered before and during installations. Many of the improvements are a result of changes in materials, improvements based on testing, higher performance by design [...]

The art of adding brick veneer around an arched alcove

The archway. Nothing gives your room a dramatic look quite like an arched alcove. The design works on doorways, walkways, bookshelves (enter your project here). Now, think about what this archway will look like after adding brick veneer around an arched alcove. If you don't want all of the work and cost that comes with real [...]

How to Install Faux Brick Paneling

Character and style without all of the cost? That's a question that faces people when they approach their home improvement projects. If you’re dealing with brick, the answer is simple – install faux brick paneling to have the look and feel of brick without all of the real brick that goes with it. Depending on the manufacturer, [...]

How to Install a Brick Veneer on an Exterior Wall

Brick veneer. The popular wall finish not only provides a distinct aesthetic appeal, but also offers a variety layout options. Much like facing brick, the only exception is that it is approximately 1/2-inch to 2 inches thick. And there are other benefits, too. For example, installing brick veneer, usually produced from shale or clay and kiln-fired, provides [...]
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