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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 […]

General Shale Wins Industry Awards for Brick in Architecture Projects

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 Application Animation Video

Driwall™ Rainscreen is a drainage mat for exterior wall systems. Here is a new animation video from construction instruction on how to install the full-wall product on your exterior walls. 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

Quartzite has been known to cause confusion within the natural stone industry. 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 reports about quartzite? A new technical bulletin about [...]

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 [...]

Risk of wage claims in the construction industry

Understanding the risk of wage claims in the construction industry under the Fair Labor Standards Act and how it affects you. By Timothy R. Hughes Wage claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) have exploded during the last several years. Between more aggressive enforcement by the U.S. Department of Labor and private lawsuits pursued [...]

Debunking Actual Cost of Brick Homes

Debunking actual cost of brick homes and common misperceptions of  building a brick home versus competing exteriors. RSMeans, North America's leading supplier of construction cost information, developed "The Installed Cost of Residential Siding" study for the Brick Industry Association (BIA).The October 2015 study compares RSMean's estimated construction cost of homes with brick veneer over wood framing with stone veneer, [...]

5 Considerations to Step up Your Fastener Game

A guide for fastener decision making By Mike Dill If you’re like most masons, you continue to perfect your craft and work smarter each day. One way of doing this is to review the types of decisions you make for each project and determine if you could or should make them differently. One such example [...]

Selecting Manufactured Stone Veneers for Any Application

Manufactured stone veneers are offering cost savings, speed of installation and great looks for light commercial building such as hospitals, retail buildings and senior living facilities. By Jim Cooper Rather than having a painted block building, communities are demanding – often through government-approved ordinances – that buildings blend in to local surroundings and have better [...]
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