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Don’t Be Afraid to Take a Chance

Donald E. McCauley, Jr. Do you ever get so caught up with life that you feel like you just ended up where you are without realizing what you did to get there? One of the biggest things I have learned is not to be afraid to take a chance or to cut against the grain […]

Masonry Training Programs: Building a Future

Johnathon Crouch applied for one of the masonry training programs four years ago and is well on his way to completing his apprenticeship. By James Lally At 17, Johnathon Crouch enlisted in the Connecticut Army National Guard as an infantryman. It was 2012, and in the summer between his junior and senior years of high […]

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. […]

Making Buildings Safer Through Masonry

Tornado season underscores the importance of reinforced masonry wall systems. By Dawn Henning Tornado season typically peaks in April through June. But in January 2017, violent outbursts struck, featuring one of the largest tornado events to ever occur in winter. A spate of storms produced 79 confirmed tornadoes across the Deep South from Texas to [...]

Spreading the Word About Masonry

By Paul Cantarella A few weeks ago, I got a message from a former neighbor who lived a few streets away when we were growing up. Sometimes, when I see that out-of-town area code appear that late in the day on my work cell phone, I know there’s a 50-50 shot it’s a salesman. I [...]