Absorption Rates

Hot Weather Work
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Hot Weather Work

My company is about to begin a project that will be built during very hot, dry,... More

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Understanding Collar Joints

Collar joints are one of the most misunderstood components in a masonry wall. Architects typically specify collar joints to act as a water barrier; in contrast, engineers specify them exclusively for structural purposes. More

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Predicting brick durability

I am an architect in the north central United States where freeze/thaw conditions are severe. What should I ask brick suppliers in order to ensure that my clients obtain durable brick? More

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Mortar, Brick, and IRA

Masonry mortar must bond well to the masonry units in the wall. Brick absorption, including initial rate of absorption (IRA), is an important property affecting the bond. More

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How to Choose Brick

To confidently specify brick, consider color, texture, size, shape, type, grade, availability, and absorption characteristics. More

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Salvaging Brick

In some cases, architects sometimes specify old, salvaged brick. Salvaged brick can create an authentic old-time appearance. More

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Laying Masonry in Hot Weather

Higher air temperatures increase the temperature of sand, cement, lime, water, masonry units, and equipment, all of which result in hot mortar. More

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