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Exploring BELGARD DESIGN STUDIO

Words: Uma BassoPhoto: Belgard Technology continues to open doors for the construction industry. It can provide a valuable resource for contractors seeking an effective tool to improve efficiency while controlling costs.  Belgard Design Studio is an option that contractors can use to potentially bring ordinary drawings to life with advanced technology features such as fly-through …

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Masonry Today: Perfecting a Classic-Craft with Instant Moisture Measurement

Masons can enhance construction quality and speed using a hand-held moisture measurement device to prevent errors due to seasonal or environmental variability Words: Del WilliamsPhotos Kett For hundreds of years masons have been the craftsmen responsible for creating strong, beautiful structures from homes to cathedrals using mortar with brick, marble, granite, limestone, cast stone, concrete …

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Delay of Project

Words: Paul PottsPhoto: noname Introduction When I started in the construction industry in the eighties I was as an owner’s representative building jails, juvenile homes, and office buildings for a central Michigan county.  All projects of a million dollars or larger in outstate Michigan were general contracting projects where the owner negotiated agreements with a …

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Iowa’s Professional Development In Masonry Give Teachers The Opportunity To Learn Masonry Skills

Words: Stephanie Heckroth, Seedorff Masonry, Inc. Photos: Seedorff Masonry, Inc. and the Masonry Institute of Iowa We need more bricklayers. We all know it. But how do we build this next generation of bricklayers if they’ve never heard of masonry? High school industrial tech classes have made notable progress with the addition of new programs …

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SIX STEPS Widowed or Divorced Baby Boomers Ought to Know to Maximize Their Income from Social Security

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a 2-part column series provided by Artie Bernaducci.  Although most people know that Social Security can be a key component of retirement income, many do not realize that the income doesn’t necessarily have to be based on their work record. For instance, there are four different categories …

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Five Ways To Manage Stress

Words: Vanessa SalviaPhoto: Drazen_ There are few conversations that take place more often than the one about stress management. Most people have no choice but to get a job and then continue showing up for that job day after day. There are 168 hours in a week. If you take away 8 hours a night …

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