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Read Between the Lines

A mason lends advice on selecting the right job, bidding and obtaining help. By Michael J. Pallerino Read between the lines.” Sounds like pretty simple advice, right? Ask Brian Estill, and he’ll tell you it’s the kind of recommendation every mason should take to heart. On a recent job, Estill began hearing those four little […]

Tool Review: 6 Concrete and Masonry Cutting Systems

A review of six concrete cutting tools that help answer the OSHA Silica Standard rule requirements By Michael Springer By now, anyone who cuts or drills into concrete or masonry knows that the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard has changed the way this work must be done. OSHA’s silica standard aims to […]

Gaining Control of Masonry Wall Systems

Expand your bid package by looking for opportunities beyond brick and mortar By Jeremy Douglas Are you missing out on providing a critical component of masonry wall systems? The specific application of a building’s air barrier system seems often to remain a mystery to many mason contractors. Understanding wall systems’ purposes and their critical interfaces to […]

Do You Have a Succession Plan?

By Damian Lang You’ve worked hard your entire life, and maybe retirement is on the horizon. But how will you make that transition? I can tell you this: Building a successful construction company isn’t enough. You have to have a succession (continuation) plan to keep it prospering without you. With no succession plan, you may […]

Crank-Up Scaffolding Safety

Crank-up scaffolding safety reaches new levels, when a few simple rules are applied. By Jim Cook Crank-up scaffolding gives masons a game-changing opportunity to work more efficiently, but you should always practice safety to avoid accidents and OSHA fines. Crank-up scaffolding may be the perfect scaffold solution for masons. Because crank-up scaffolding doesn’t require masons […]

Code Requirements for Anchoring Masonry Veneers

Add quality and prevent failure by recognizing errors. By Jeremy Douglas Last week, on a project site, I was asked to look over air barrier detailing and flashing installations. As I glanced across the wall, it was obvious that the anchorage fastened into the steel stud backing was too far apart. My initial reaction, thinking […]