July 2007 Table of Contents

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National Contest Supports Masonry Skills Training and Development National Contest Supports Masonry Skills Training and Development

Companies and organizations of the masonry industry joined together June 25-29, 2007, to support the 43rd annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference and the National Masonry Contest. Read more

Troubleshooting: Hot Weather Wall Work

A portion of masonry work performed during hot weather seems to have hairline cracks at the bond line between the mortar and brick, especially at the top of the joint. It seems like the mortar dried too quickly and had excessive shrinkage. How can this type of problem be avoided? Read more

Be a Good Listener

The ability to listen is by far the greatest tool in your bag of tricks for being able to communicate with others Read more

Mortar and Mortar Mixers

The latest mortar and mortar mixers. Read more

The Mason's Tool Bag Flashing

More and more masonry contractors, builders, and architects are realizing the importance of simplifying flashing installation. Read more

New Products

Give yourself an edge by staying on top of the latest masonry materials, tools, equipment, and services. Take a look at our latest selections including pins, breakers, clips and more. Read more

Fireplace Codes Fireplace Codes

New IRC regulations make compliance much easier. Read more

Masonry Skills National Contest Supports Masonry Skills

Companies and organizations of the masonry industry joined together June 25 - 29 to support the 43rd annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference and the National Masonry Contest in Kansas City, Mo. Read more

Inspecting Smoke Chambers Inspecting Smoke Chambers

Most house fires related to chimneys are due to an installation error, or problems not discovered by someone doing an inspection, maintenance, or repair work. Read more

Flashing Training

Chicago company uses IMI programs to expand the knowledge base of its staff. Read more

Playing the Masonry Game Playing the Masonry Game

Al Crutchfield has been a masonry instructor for 18 years, and joined the building construction technology program at Pedro Menendez High School, St. Augustine, Fla., in 2003. Read more

Shear Keys Shear Keys

Why are grouted shear keys used at control joints in concrete masonry units? Read more

Structural Steel Tube at the Base of a Wall--Mid Span Structural Steel Tube at the Base of a Wall--Mid Span

An engineer should consider using structural steel tubes when the concrete masonry spans from column to column. Read more

From Boxes to Blocks From Boxes to Blocks

When most people go home from work, they don't head for a manufacturing facility. But in Ybor City, a National Historic Landmark District of Tampa, Fla., it's trendy to live in such a place, like the Tampa Box Factory. The facility, originally built by hand in 1915, has been restored and converted into the Box Factory Lofts, with 53 two-story loft homes. Concrete block proved to be the ideal building material for the "adaptive reuse" project, providing both historic continuity and modern practicality. Read more

Bricklayer 500 Regional Schedule Announced

Regional winners go on to compete in the national competition held during the World of Masonry/World of Concrete in Las Vegas next January. Read more

Breaking Bread

Unlike other industries where learning can be accomplished through computers and/ or textbooks, masonry instruction requires a hands-on, even personal, approach. Read more

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