The Natural Stone Council’s Development of ANSI/NSC-373

The Natural Stone Council’s Development Of ANSI/NSC-373 The Natural Stone Council is a collaboration of business and trade associations that have...
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Job Safety: Not to be Forgotten!

Job safety is as important on a 10 story commercial building as it is on a residential remodel.  Every mason deserves to go home just like he came...
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Marvelous Masonry Egypt

Thank you for the positive comments we’ve received about these articles. It’s great to see how many enjoy our masonry heritage. This month we’ll be...
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2017 World Of Concrete Competition Wrap Up

One of the highlights at every year’s World of Concrete is the day spent in the Gold Lot watching as novice and polished masonry professionals put...
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NCMA’s Unit Design Competition For Architectural Students — A Win-Win For All Involved

The NCMA Unit Design Competition involves the conceptual design of innovative concrete masonry or hardscape units that can be economically...
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Honoring The Legacy: The Masonry Hall Of Fame’s 2017 Inductees

Masonry is not only responsible for building long-lasting and beautiful structures; it’s the reason for so many legacies. On January 19 during the...
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Laundering Buildings: Part I, Cleaning New Construction Words: Joanne M. Anderson Photos: PROSOCO and Masonry Magazine You may not be able to fold a building and toss it into a washing machine, but the motivation for cleaning has striking similarities to the two top...

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Tech Talk: Morter Field Testing

Mortar is an important part of any masonry project, but designers and inspectors place too much emphasis on jobsite testing to determine mortar strength. The reality is that mortar plays a very small role in defining the structural capacity of a masonry wall system....

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Job Safety: Not to be Forgotten!

Job safety is as important on a 10 story commercial building as it is on a residential remodel.  Every mason deserves to go home just like he came to work.  Too many times, accidents happen that can seriously injure a mason, causing lost time, medical costs, or...

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Marvelous Masonry Egypt

Thank you for the positive comments we’ve received about these articles. It’s great to see how many enjoy our masonry heritage. This month we’ll be visiting Egypt. Even if you’ve never visited Egypt, you probably recognize the pyramids and the Sphinx. We will go there...

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Get Your Team on the Same Page to Increase Productivity as Much as 70%! Have you ever had two people on your team who can’t get along? Maybe they have different personalities. Or different visions. Or maybe they just refuse to work together as a part of the team....

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MCAA Gateway: March 2017

MCAA Annual South of 40 Event Held At Señor Frog’s  The MCAA held it’s annual South of 40 event at Señor Frog’s Restaurant & Bar at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. As a networking and fundraising event for the association, the space was packed and...

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Full Contact Project Manager: It’s The Mortar

It's The Mortar "Coach" Gary Micheloni This past month, the TV networks seemed to constantly be featuring Washington D.C., and that coverage really showcased our national monuments present there. Especially so, I noticed, during the presidential inauguration...

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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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