April 2007 Table of Contents

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Apprentice of the Month: Mike Grafton Apprentice of the Month: Mike Grafton

Mike Grafton's honors include placement on the Dean's list for two semesters at Kirkwood Community College and his first place award in the Iowa State SkillsUSA Masonry Contest. Read more

Apprentice of the Month: Brandon Campanaro Apprentice of the Month: Brandon Campanaro

Young Man Overcomes Hurdles; Becomes Accomplished Mason. Read more

Apprentice of the Month: Austin Rising Apprentice of the Month: Austin Rising

At just twenty-four years of age, Austin Rising is already known by many people in Central Kansas as both a fine young man and a fine young mason. Read more

Blast Cleaning

Various forms of blast cleaning are commonly used on masonry surfaces to remove contaminants Read more

Develop a Business plan

A business plan doesn't need to be complicated. Read more

Grout Pumps

Masonry Construction staff picks the best grout pumps. Read more

The Mason's Tool Bag Mortar

Product serves decorative/architectural applications, Patching and repairing quickly, Mortar handles several jobs, Cementitious version sets fast, Product handles cold temperatures, Fiber-reinforced mortar aids in building walls. Read more

New Products

Give yourself an edge by staying on top of the latest masonry materials, tools, equipment, and services. Read more

Residential Masonry Details

A free 14-page guide provides details and descriptions of sound residential building practices that meet and/or exceed local, state, and national building codes. Read more

Becoming a National Organization

The Board of Directors of the Residential Masonry Contractors Association (RMCA) spent many hours formulating an idea about how to structure an organization that solely addressed the issues and inherent problems associated with residential masons. Read more

Maintenance Crucial for Brick Liners Maintenance Crucial for Brick Liners

Deflection eventually develops because of constant attacks by wet flue gases. Read more

Laser Scanning Masonry Walls Laser Scanning Masonry Walls

Laser scanning is a relatively new technology (less than ten years) while masonry has been around for centuries; however, scanning and masonry construction are in reality a natural combination. Read more

Restoring and Renovating the Baltimore Basilica

In the heart of downtown Baltimore sat a faded, yet priceless, piece of American history. After decades of neglect, “America's First Cathedral,” the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was in need of a major restoration and renovation effort. The architectural firm John G. Waite Associates, Albany and New York City, designed the $32 million project, which took 30 months to complete.More than two centuries ago, Baltimore's central role in American history included having the first Catholic diocese. The Basilica “became known as a symbol of religious freedom,” said Mark Potter, executive director of the Basilica of the Assumption Historic Trust Inc., who was the overseer of the meticulous restoration. Read more

We're Number One! Shouts North Carolina High School We're Number One! Shouts North Carolina High School

Doug Drye's program has produced nine national masonry contest champions. Read more

Bond Beam and Lintel Block Differences Bond Beam and Lintel Block Differences

Bond Beam and Lintel Block Differences Read more

Lateral Bracing Walls to Sloped Roofs Lateral Bracing Walls to Sloped Roofs

Some designs require that sloped open web joist roof systems be laterally braced to a concrete masonry fire wall Read more

There's Money in Masonry

The new Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas proves that a high-security building need not look like an armor Read more

Brick Bats: News

PCA expects slow start, better finish; Acme lays first brick for new headquarters; Natural Stone Council Launches Web site; Arizona Masonry Guild announces contest winners Read more

Sending the Right Message Sending the Right Message

An explosion of options has hit our industry. Architects now have an ever-increasing selection of structural systems and claddings to consider when designing a building. Read more

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