April 2008 Table of Contents

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If the industry's sustainability efforts were represented in color, the palette would range from sage to forest green. Most of us seem to be in the same spectrum, but as a group, we tend to get caught up in disagreements over our own favorite hues. The Strategic Development Council (SDC), part of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Foundation, is hoping to change our way of thinking as it works toward publishing a Concrete Sustainability Vision Document. Read more

New Products

Give yourself an edge by staying on top of the latest masonry materials, tools, equipment, and services. Always use the reader service card, even if you call or visit the company's Web site. It's a guarantee you'll receive all product information updates. Read more

Sustainability: Seeing Green Sustainability: Seeing Green

If the industry's sustainability efforts were represented in color, the palette would range from sage to forest green. Most of us seem to be in the same spectrum, but as a group, we tend to get caught up in disagreements over our own favorite hues. The Strategic Development Council (SDC), part of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Foundation, is hoping to change our way of thinking as it works toward publishing a Concrete Sustainability Vision Document. Read more

Brick Bats Brick Bats

Contractors, bricklayers, masons, tile setters, and other masonry workers have a new tool to find practical ways for reducing injuries and illnesses on construction sites. Construction Solutions, a free online database, describes specific hazards in construction work, along with various solutions that can reduce or eliminate those problems. The Web site also houses a database that offers a place for users to share comments and tips for handling jobsite situations. Read more

The Mason's Tool Bag Mason's Toolbag

A number of companies introduced new products during the World of Masonry. Here are a few of those that hit the market during the Las Vegas show. Read more

New Regulations: Impact Masonry Fireplace/Heater Emissions

Where do masonry products stand regarding the EPA and the new regulations that are about to be implemented? Read more

Ideas for Outdoor Living Ideas for Outdoor Living

From mansions to ranches, homeowners are investing in outdoor living areas in record numbers, for new and existing homes alike. This trend is challenging masonry contractors to provide creative guidance, in addition to high quality craftsmanship. As a result, masons with an artistic flair are finding a profitable niche. Read more

Picture Perfect Pavers

The “green” movement has focused more attention on storm water runoff and the environmental effects of impervious surfaces. Increasingly, permeable systems that incorporate brick pavers in the installation are what both commercial and residential customers want: a filtration system without losing the aesthetic appeal of genuine clay pavers. Read more

Workforce: Experience is the Best Teacher Workforce: Experience is the Best Teacher

When we started the masonry program at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC), Rice Lake, I relied on my own training from Hennepin Technical College, Glen Prairie, Minn., and my 14 years as a full-time bricklayer in Minneapolis,” remembered instructor Todd A. Larson. For 14 more years, Larson has been growing the masonry program that exclusively serves 11 counties in Northwest Wisconsin. Read more

Estimating: Is the Bid Just an Estimate?

You know what I really hate? It's negotiating an easy project to build, with a great customer, who doesn't question our costs, and gives us the job at our fair price. Then, several months later, discovering the estimator didn't have enough in the budget for labor to complete the work. This scenario is my worst nightmare. Read more

Hot Weather Work Hot Weather Work

My company is about to begin a project that will be built during very hot, dry, windy weather. We are concerned that there may be problems with the masonry that are associated with installation during these extreme weather conditions. Read more

Transforming the Landscape

Barry and Linda Engelstad know they have something special in the hardscape design created by paviours+scapes at their Orinda, Calif., home. Although the project required the homeowners to take more than one leap of faith, it resulted in a stunning new landscape, completed in time to welcome their daughter's wedding guests. Read more

Overcoming the Tyranny of Distance and Time Overcoming the Tyranny of Distance and Time

I was recently told that when Samuel Morse spoke about his part in the implementation of the telegraph, he often began his presentation with a line something like, “Our invention [the telegraph] is helping to end the tyranny of distance.” Read more

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