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New Industry Insights from Mortar Net

This Pro Masonry Guide Product Showcase is brought to you by Mortar Net Solutions, the industry leader in moisture management solutions for masonry walls. Importance of a Well-Drained Masonry Wall No masonry is truly waterproof. Drainage in the cavity of a masonry veneer wall is necessary to minimize moisture damage and create a long-lasting, low-maintenance […]

Introducing Adair® Georgian Blend

This Pro Masonry Guide Product Showcase is brought to you by Arriscraft. Introducing Adair® Georgian Blend We’re pleased to introduce a new full-bed Adair product in a classic ashlar configuration – ideal for residential projects! Adair Georgian Blend is an equal mix of Blue-Grey and Sepia and includes three face rises in random lengths up […]

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 […]

Determining a Unit Price for Masonry

Most masons will likely need to figure real costs for work to be done. Here’s how to determine a unit price for masonry. By Steven Fechino Being a mason contractor requires many skills. You have to estimate projects, maintain equipment, provide material and labor, and collect your money. Estimating, for some masons, has become easy. […]

Locating structural concrete foundation problems

Before you begin a remodeling project on a basement, carefully inspect the foundation for any sign of structural concrete foundation problems. Look at a concrete foundation from inside and outside to tell if it’s plumb and level. Slight variations are normal, but foundation walls should not be visibly bowed or leaning.  Check all doors and windows; [...]

How to lay a brick patio

Lay all full brick sections first, saving the cuts until last. Lavish outdoor living spaces are very popular with homeowners, and many of them begin with a brick patio, often large and multi-leveled. To ensure these outdoor additions deliver the luxury and quality homeowners want, many are having the work done by professionals. Here's how [...]

Working with wet cement

Cement contains lime, silicates, aluminum, iron, magnesium and other additives that are corrosive to human tissue. Prolonged contact can cause burns or skin ulcers that take months to heal and may require hospitalization. More than 1 million American workers in 30 occupations are exposed to the dangers of wet cement, a component in concrete, mortar, [...]

How to install brick veneer

Brick veneer provides the same beauty and appearance as traditional bricks, but it is actually more durable, is easier to repair and provides better insulation. Plus, brick veneer generally costs far less than solid brick. Brick veneer provides the same beauty and appearance as traditional bricks, but it is actually more durable, is easier to [...]

How to remove efflorescence stains from brick

Efflorescence, that white stain that appears on brick, is caused as salt and lime dissolve in the water in the brick, particularly in new bricks. Here is how to remove efflorescence stains from brick. Moisture leaches out of the brick and leaves a powdery, white stain on the surface. Efflorescence occurs over time and the extent [...]

Tips for replacing spalling bricks

Spalling brick is brick that is deteriorating because moisture has penetrated the brick. When the water is too much for the brick to handle, the brick breaks apart or spalls. Here are some tips for replacing spalling bricks. There are several causes for spalling brick. If you live in a cold area the porous surface of […]