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Contractor Q&A: Rain Days

Words: MASONRY MagazinePhoto: shih-wei Editor’s Note: Weather can be the determining factor between having a productive workday or not. Rain can be the potential cause of slip hazards on a jobsite so we decided to get more information on days when it rains from industry professionals. We sat down with Kent Bounds, the President of …

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The New Sustainability: Why Everything We Do Matters

Words: Cari May  When the green building movement first came into the limelight decades ago, the focus for materials was primarily on recycled content and renewable resources. But today the sustainability of products has evolved based on changes in green building programs and also based on the quality of information and documentation now available. Project teams are now looking at the sustainability of the entire process of how a …

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The Importance of Brick Veneer in Limiting Moisture Issues

Words: Andrew W. Wagner, P.E. Senior Engineer, Division Manager, WDP & Associates    Photos: Breedfoto,  Moisture is an overwhelming post-occupancy issue faced by the construction industry. In recent years, studies have indicated that over 80% of all building insurance claims are related to moisture issues, and of those claims over 80% result from building envelope issues¹.      While brick …

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GEN NXT: Julie Rainville

Words: MASONRY Magazine  Photos: Julie Rainville   Editor’s Note: We had the opportunity to chat with Julie Rainville of FRACO for this month’s special edition of GEN NXT. Julie is the Co-President at FRACO in Canada, her and her sister run the company. She grew up in the masonry industry as her father was a mason contractor and was immersed in …

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Manufactured Stone Maintenance: Keeping Stones Pristine

Words: Lynneice McNutt  After a new structure is built, the last impression any stonemason intends to leave behind is messy and unprofessional work. However, when masonry is cleaned incorrectly, or worse, not cleaned at all, it can make a brand-new structure look old and worn, and hide serious defects that should be addressed sooner than later.  Cleaning …

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