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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 [...]

ESCSI Honors Contributors to Lightweight Aggregate Industry

ESCSI Honors Contributors to Lightweight Aggregate Industry at its midyear meeting in Park City, Utah. The Expanded Shale, Clay and Slate Institute (ESCSI)  honored two individuals based on their significant contributions to the lightweight aggregate industry. Frank G. Erskine Award: Col. Fred Meyer The Frank G. Erskine Award is presented to individuals, companies, associations or partnerships [...]

2017 Brick Industry Association Award Winners Announced

The 2017 Brick Industry Association award winners were announced shining light on the country’s most beautiful brick structures The 2017 Brick in Architecture Awards competition honor 35 winners in 19 states for outstanding and resilient design that incorporates clay brick. Judged by independent design professionals, the Brick Industry Association’s (BIA) premier design competition generated 91 entries this year [...]

2017 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional Series Rolls On

The 2017 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional Series of qualifying competitions kicked off July 22 in Tennessee. The regional competitions establish the final roster of teams competing in the 2018 World Championship in Las Vegas at the World of Concrete tradeshow. The winners of each regional competition earn a spot to compete in the 2018 [...]

Safety concerns for temporary construction workers

A contractor is awarded a great remodeling project but its crews are already working overtime hours. Not quite ready to hire full time employees, it turns to a staffing agency for the additional temporary construction workers they need. Hiring temporary construction labor is a solution that’s on the upswing. Analysts believe the penetration rate for temporary and […]

Winners in the 2017 Brick in Architecture awards competition

Two projects featuring General Shale products have been recognized by the Brick Industry Association (BIA) as winners in the 2017 Brick in Architecture awards competition. General Shale received a Gold Award in the Municipal/Government category for the Beardsley Community Farm Education Center, a nonprofit urban farm located in Knoxville, Tenn. Completed in 2016, the education [...]

Driwall Rainscreen Installation Video

Here is a new Driwall™ Rainscreen installation video from construction instruction on how to install the full-wall product on your exterior walls. Driwall™ Rainscreen is a drainage mat for exterior wall systems. The airspace that this product creates increases airflow through the wall cavity, allowing the wall to breath and stay dry.

MIA+BSI Releases Quartzite Technical Bulletin

Because quartzite has been known to cause confusion within the natural stone industry, MIA+BSI releases a new quartzite technical bulletin. Some people say it etches. Some say it doesn’t. Sometimes you hear it’s a hybrid between marble and granite. Yet, others report that it’s harder than granite. Which is it? Why are there such conflicting [...]

How to Install Flashing and Weeps

Moisture penetrating the walls of a masonry structure may lie in the installations of the flashing and weeps.  By Gary Porter In the spring of 2017, Chicago had a damp period that was cooler than normal. Our office received several calls related to moisture penetration. The cause for moisture penetrating the walls of our masonry [...]

Gifts for Mason Contractors this Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner. So, by now, you’ve probably been asked what gift you’d like. If you answered, “Anything is fine with me,” you will likely end up with another classic necktie. Luckily, Pro Masonry Guide is here to help. With the click of your mouse, you can forward this list of [...]
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