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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 [...]

Get It in Writing

Award-winning mason contractor Fred Campbell has learned a lot during his long career in masonry, including one lesson he learned the hard way. By Jennifer Morrell If you’ve paid attention, you probably already know about Fred Campbell, a two-time winner of the Spec Mix BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship (2013 and 2015), which is held annually […]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Tile Installation at the Dean Smith Center at UNC

University of North Carolina Tar Heels’ locker room renovation turns heads and tile installation at the Dean Smith Center was a prominent part of the overall project. For the University of North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels men’s basketball team, the Dean Smith Center isn’t just an arena where games are played. The venue, and its locker rooms, [...]
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