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Battling Summer-Related Weather Issues

From extreme heat and sun exposure to lightning, the summer months can bring challenges to outdoor workers. Properly preventing the effects of these issues can help keep you safe as you work outside. By Maureen Upchurch Summer is the prime time for completing long-term construction projects or catching up on projects that were delayed in [...]

Tips for how to mix mortar with colors

Experienced masons know that the procedures for how to mix mortar with colors (or pigments) is a precise science of combining mortar mix, cement, pigment and water in the right proportions.

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, [...]

6 Solid Reasons to Choose Brick

Masonry is the way to go, but can you argue that point easily? The Brick Industry Association lays out six ironclad reasons for choosing brick.

Fire Safety Through Brick

The brick: It wraps itself around your most prized possessions – unless, of course, you live in a house clad with lesser materials. And those prized possessions? You and your loved ones who dwell inside those four walls. It just makes sense to protect them with the exceptional fire resistance and durability of brick and […]

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. 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. When a project […]

World of Concrete 2017: A Smashing Success

Tens of thousands embarked on Las Vegas as concrete and masonry stole the World of Concrete 2017 show. Crowded aisles and packed outdoor lots: The World of Concrete/World of Masonry 2017  show was held in Las Vegas in January, and it did not disappoint. From the latest technologies and scientific advancements in materials to the toughest […]

Brickmatching Basics

Old brick is something to treasure, but matching it for an expansion or repair may seem a daunting task. With these helpful brickmatching basics, you can match older brick successfully. By Don Foster The goal when repairing or expanding a masonry structure is to have it look just like the pre-existing masonry. That means matching size, […]

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