Category: Features

Blast From The Past: Bill Dentinger

Publisher’s Note: One of my favorite features in Masonry has always been the Chairman’s Message. The sad thing is, readers hear from the MCAA Chairman for 24 issues of Masonry. Come the 25th issue, they are gone and for the most part not heard from again. In this new feature, we have asked our Past Chairmen to write a piece for us on what has happened since they were Chairman. It is a nice follow-up to what happened to them. This first run will feature Bill Dentinger, who served as MCAA President from 1984-1986. We hope you enjoy hearing...

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Tech Talk: How To Look At A Brick Wall

On some projects it just seems that nobody can agree on wall appearance, and what looks right to one person can be unacceptable to another. There may be complaints about mortar color, joint width, or cracks and chips in the brick. Some architects like to get up close with a straightedge or a magnifying glass when evaluating a wall – but both of these approaches are wrong! Luckily there is guidance within the building code and ASTM on how to judge masonry wall appearance. Construction tolerances. Masonry design and construction is covered in the TMS 402 Building Code and...

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A Bundle of Productivity: Grinders + Vacuums + Safety

  You make a mess ~ you clean it up. That’s a simple discipline that follows us throughout life, from the playroom, kitchen or classroom to the backyard, office, laboratory, workplace and construction job site. Grinding can be especially messy, and masonry grinders and vacuums go together like a ticker tape parade and a street sweeper. There are many instances of grinding that require great skill, human protection and the ubiquitous clean-up – like dental procedures, woodworking, metal grinding in a machine shop or auto body shop and masonry tasks. Varying levels of precision are involved, and there’s an...

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Case Study: Levine Residence

Creating contemporary homes with a classic design in mind is a current trend for masonry. In Scottsdale, Arizona a family was inspired by classic Pueblo architecture and Drewett+Brenden Architecture worked with the couple to design the house of their dreams. Located near Pinnacle Peak in the desert, and surrounded by stacked formations of boulders, the site had a proximity issue. In addition to the home being built on a slight incline, there needed to be a secure foundation to ensure the house stayed in place. Manship Builders and Sutter Masonry combated these issues head on by importing materials that...

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Build More Than a Career. Build a Life.

When we were young, we built entire cities and neighborhoods from Legos and Lincoln Logs. Then, somewhere between childhood and adulthood, we were taught that it is more desirable to go to college, earn a degree and sit in cubicles for 40 hours a week than it is to build and fix things with our hands. Fortunately for many of us, there are still careers where builders thrive and earn more money than their cubicle counterparts and NCCER’s Build Your Future (BYF) initiative is committed to sharing the many opportunities for successful, lucrative careers in the construction industry with...

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