January 2007 Table of Contents

Construction Market Not Looking Good

According to experts, concrete construction is in for a rough ride over the next year. At the Concrete Producers Economic Summit Luncheon on Tuesday, opening speaker Ed Sullivan, chief economist with the Portland Cement Association, suggested that attendees "eat quickly, because you may not have much of an appetite when we're done." Read more

Contract Considerations

Don't give up control of the business by subtle compromises in the documents you sign. Read more

Battery-Powered Tools

New products allow for more work per charge. Read more

The Mason's Tool Bag Sealers

Consider these 10 questions when protecting concrete masonry. Read more

Masonry Fireplaces

Numerous factors must be considered to create a beautiful, yet efficient and safe, installation. Read more

Most Innovative Products

Check out the industry's best on the World of Masonry/World of Concrete show floor and then vote for your favorites. Read more

Splicing Options for Masonry Construction

Lap and mechanical versions are available. Read more

Operator's Precision Challenge Operator's Precision Challenge

A new competition sponsored by Mustang Manufacturing and CE Attachments will debut at the World of Masonry. Read more

Residential Projects Call for Smaller Machines

Equipment trends have changed, moving from large earthmoving and lifting equipment to smaller, more compact machines, as jobsites become smaller. Read more

World of Masonry Show Preview

The expected 70,000-plus contractors traveling to the upcoming World of Masonry/World of Concrete in Las Vegas, Jan. 22 -26, will have the opportunity to check out the products and services of more than 1700 exhibiting companies. Indoor/outdoor booths, specialty product pavilions, several competitive contests, numerous product demonstrations, and many social activities are among the highlights of the 33rd annual show and conference, which is billed as the "industry's largest international event." Read more

Raked mortar joints Raked mortar joints

Exposed head joints can be a problem Read more

Parapet Walls Parapet Walls

The top of a parapet wall is vulnerable to moisture penetration problems. Choosing an appropriate cap is an effective way to eliminate this condition. Read more

Proof is in the Building

The Kuhlman Corp. transforms its new corporate headquarters office into a shocase of regional building products. Read more

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