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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 […]

The Silica Saga

What does OSHA’s delay of the enforcement of the crystalline silica standard mean to the masonry industry? By Jennifer Morrell On April 6, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a delay in enforcement of the crystalline silica standard, citing a need for more time to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and […]

Flashing for Adhered Masonry Veneer

The adhered masonry veneer market offers additional opportunities for masons, with quality products that provide superior drainage performance for thin veneers By Steven Fechino Adhered masonry veneers are a popular cladding choice today as adhered masonry materials have improved significantly during the last few years. The texture of cultured stone is more durable and realistic, […]

The 2016 TMS 402/602 Masonry Code and Specification

  By Richard M. Bennett The 2016 edition of the TMS 402 Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures and the TMS 602 Specification for Masonry Structures were recently published. The 2018 International Building Code (IBC) will adopt this code and specification. It typically takes several years for jurisdictions to adopt the latest edition of the […]

The Move to Pre-Blended Mortar

Less labor, more choices: The growing dominance of pre-blended mortar is changing the mason’s business model. By Jim Cook Images courtesy of Spec Mix When Jim Doane began work as a mason, big sand piles necessary for mixing traditional mortar were a given on just about any jobsite. Today, Doane sees fewer of those sand […]