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Expand Your Skillset

A mason lends advice on selecting the right job, bidding and obtaining help. Jason Peek, Peek Masonry It was the fall of 2009, right before the bottom officially fell out of the economy. In a time when construction projects on both sides of the line – residential and commercial – were taking a hit, Jason [...]

Rebuilding a Labor Force

By Jim Cook Good wages. Excellent job prospects. Opportunities to earn while you’re in training. Masonry jobs offer a quick ticket to the middle class for workers and the opportunity to see real, tangible results from laboring each day. Employers are struggling to find bricklayers, and a growing demand for new construction is putting even [...]

Innovations in Masonry Saws

Power meets function as masonry saw designs continue to evolve, while meeting the requirements of OSHA’s recently enforced silica regulation. By Jennifer Morrell One might assume that the masonry industry was turned on its head upon the enforcement of OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule in September, but that assumption isn’t entirely correct. While mason contractors around [...]

World of Concrete to Bring Innovative New Products

By Jennifer Morrell The 2018 World of Concrete/World of Masonry show will take place Jan. 23-26 in Las Vegas, with seminars beginning Jan. 22. It’s the largest annual international event dedicated to concrete and masonry professionals, and the best opportunity to view the latest equipment and tools available to the mason contractor. World of Concrete [...]

6 Things to Look for in a Mixer

Grout Hog owner Damian Lang gives advice on what to look for in a mixer, and provides other mixer guidance for the mason contractor. Pro Masonry Guide recently spoke with one of the masonry industry’s true veteran masons and innovators, Damian Lang, to learn what the mason contractor should really look for in and know [...]

Masonry Material Production and Delivery: The Chain

The big white silo and orange mortar mixer are a classic combo, but by no means is this the only possible configuration. By Todd Ferguson Driving past or working on just about any construction site in the United States, what will you usually see on the other side of the fence? If the project involves […]

4 Things to Consider for Continuous Climbers

By Jennifer Morrell Whether you are using a mast climber, continuous climber or telehandler, you should be aware of safety aspects that come along with the job. To learn more about the correct usage and safety considerations of continuous climbers, Pro Masonry Guide sat down with Jerry Castle, president and owner of Elk Grove Village, […]

New Policy Change for Mast Climber Materials Hoists

OSHA’s policy change contains regulatory requirements important to users and owners of mast climbing work platforms. By Kevin O’Shea On July 3, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a policy change on Monorail Hoists in Construction, which excludes monorail hoists from the requirements of Subpart CC – Cranes and Derricks in Construction, [...]

Mentoring: My Path to Masonry

I was never supposed to be a mason. Through my high school years, I wanted to become an architect. I excelled in drafting classes and was accepted to the University of Florida through an architectural scholarship. Halfway through my senior year in high school, I found myself with family problems at home and needed an [...]