The Brick Industry Association's annual meeting is the only national trade show and conference for the clay brick industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to check out the product offerings of brick manufacturers and suppliers, take in three educational sessions, tour local attractions, and network at the opening reception, golf tournament, and annual banquet.
Brick Show 2007 is scheduled for the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Orlando, Fla., March 29 - 31.
For more information, visit www.bia.org.
Coating creates stucco look on masonry
Transform existing masonry by spraying or brushing on ReCote. This brick-finishing system creates the mat-textured, monolithic look of stucco with the durability of brick, and is formulated for stone, block, brick, and other masonry products. The coating, available in more than 30 colors, won't flake or peel.
- Boral Bricks Inc., 800-526-7255, www.boralbricks.com
Lines inspired by prairie landscape
The Cantera and Sedona lines of cultured limestone brick are available with rich, earthy colors and textured faces. The cored, king-sized bricks are manufactured using fine, mesh-filtered, crushed limestone. Inspired by the prairie landscape, their distinct look is achieved by marbling two colors together.
- Hanson Brick, 877-426-7668, www.hansonbrick.com
Stainless steel trowels don't rust
The 9-in. Narrow London masonry trowels are available with four handle styles. The blade, manufactured from a modified stainless steel that has high chrome content, is stronger and more durable than carbon steel versions. The trowels don't rust so there is no risk of leaving dark spots on finished mortar joints.
- Bon Tool Co., 800-444-7060, www.bontool.com
New color palette available
The Utility brick line includes nine new colors, ranging from Red Smooth to Chocolate Wirecut to 2.0 Greystone. This expanded palette offers a variety of colors and textures that complement each other to allow for blending within a project. The brick size is 3 5/8 in. x 3 5/8 in. x 11 5/8 in.
- Palmetto Brick Co., 800-922-4423, www.palmettobrick.com
Protect hands while chiseling
This brick chisel increases comfort while decreasing fatigue. Its 3½-in. x 3½-in. guard protects hands from miss-hits, and the tool's plastic handle is grooved to prevent slippage. Designed for cutting, trimming, and cleaning brick, the chisel is forged from hardened, tempered tool steel.
- Marshalltown Co., 800-987-6935, www.marshalltown.com
Textured brick offered in several sizes
A line of textured brick comes in varying thicknesses and sizes with rough and worn edges. The brick are available with 14 different colors and four profiles: RomaBrick, TundraBrick, ViaBrick, and ModenaBrick. Available accents include column caps, wall caps, trim molding, and half rounds.
- Eldorado Stone Operations LLC, 800-925-1491, www.eldoradostone.com
Tool makes perfect arches
The B.A.T. bricklayers arching tool saves contractors time and money while ensuring that arches are always correct. This versatile, adjustable tool can create a number of standard sized arches, ovals, elliptical arches, and gothic arches. It is easy to use, portable, lightweight, and sturdy.
- Knerr Masonry Ltd., 866-374-4228, www.bricklayersarchingtool.com