Marvelous Masonry Turkey

Last issue we visited Iraq. This time we’ll travel west to Turkey, a country created in the aftermath of World War I. Steeped in history from...
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Spanish Translation: Por Que Las Licitaciones Por Concurso Afectan La Industria De La Mampostería

Las licitaciones por concurso son una práctica poco ética que se define como “el método que los contratistas usan para asegurar que las ofertas de...
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Why Bid Shopping Hurts The Masonry Industry

Bid shopping is an unethical practice that is defined as “the methods that contractors use to secure subcontractor bids that are lower than those...
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The History And Innovation Of Masonry Saws and Blades

Masonry has been around for thousands of years. The last 80 years, however, have seen the greatest innovations in the trade. In this part of the...
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Shaping The Future Of Masonry: The Center Of Applied Technology-North

Everyone who is familiar with the field of masonry knows that the industry has undergone a significant amount of change in recent years. The...
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Implementing OSHA’s Final Rule On Crystalline Silica Exposure

On March 25, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) issued its final rule on exposure to crystalline silica in the...
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Marvelous Masonry Turkey

Last issue we visited Iraq. This time we’ll travel west to Turkey, a country created in the aftermath of World War I. Steeped in history from ancient cultures through the Ottoman Empire, Turkey has a wealth of historic sites. It should be no surprise that nearly all...

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Why Bid Shopping Hurts The Masonry Industry

Bid shopping is an unethical practice that is defined as “the methods that contractors use to secure subcontractor bids that are lower than those noted in the bid that was originally submitted.” Bid shopping typically occurs in one of three distinct ways: before the...

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Software Detailed: PlanGrid

Despite being one of the oldest industries, mason contractors still face common job site challenges: availability of current plans, coordination between teams, and communication with the general contractor. When a firm is working on multiple job sites, schedule...

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Recent Developments In Saw Technology

  As a masonry professional, you may have a favorite make or model of saw, but oftentimes new innovations and updates can be overlooked in favor of “old reliable.” With a look out for the upcoming silica rule implementation in June, we take a look at some of the...

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MCAA Gateway: February 2017

Access Every MCAA Webinar In 2017 For Free The Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA) is proud to an- nounce the 2017 Live Webinar Season will feature over fty free webinars to all attendees. The 2017 season will kick off on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at...

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Chairman’s Message: Looking Forward

Looking Forward Michael Sutter, MCAA Chairman   I hope everyone had a great and productive time at World of Concrete/World of Masonry. Beginning with the Foreman Development program taught by Dave Jaykins on Sunday to the closing banquet on Thursday evening with the...

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Let’s All Work To Make America Great

Let's All Work To Make America Great Dan Kamys, Editor - dkamys@masonrymagazine.com For most of those involved with masonry, I’m sure January has proven to be a very interesting month. With the 2017 World Of Concrete, I got my second look at just how dedicated this...

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Get Ready for World of Concrete and the 2017 MCAA Annual Convention

The 2017 World of Concrete (WOC)/World of Masonry exposition will be held Jan. 16–20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This annual international event, dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries, will feature indoor and outdoor exhibits, an extensive education program, and exciting competitions like MCAA’s Fastest Trowel on the Block. It’s a can’t-miss event for every masonry professional.

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What’s in a Grade?

One of the most durable and cost-effective choices for scaffold plank by mason contractors is solid sawn scaffold plank. The two main choices these days are MSR (Machine Stress Rated) and DI 65 (Dense Industrial 65), both made from Southern yellow pine species, manufactured mostly in the Southern United States. Before the very first load of “Scaffold Grade” plank was made in 1972, mason contractors and other trades used solid lumber boards of whatever species they could find.

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