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On The Level: Measuring in the USA: Why is the rest of the world using metric and why aren’t we?

“If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all.”  Albert “B.B.” King, Born Under a Bad Sign On a trip to Europe, I arrived at my hotel room and immediately fell asleep from a trying flight. When I awoke, I was struck by how silly and unattractive the electrical plugs of …

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MASONRY MADNESS® 2021: The Best Of The Best Go Head-to-Head

Words and Photos: MASONRY Magazine  Editor’s Note: World of Concrete is less than a month away! So here is the most up-to-date MASONRY MADNESS® schedule and competitor lineup. Don’t miss out on these great competitions and skilled masons next month!  The most action-packed event at the World of Concrete takes place on Wednesday, June 9, …

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Exoskeletons Potentially Protecting and Extending Careers: SuitX

Words: Nick Vaccaro Photos: SuitX There are various reasons why the trades are a specialized field in their rite and not sought after by many. The inclement weather and environmental challenges are not for the weak of heart. For masonry workers, bending, stooping, and climbing while handling considerable weight is just another day at the office. …

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Prairie View A&M University’s Agriculture and Business Multipurpose Building

Words: Carrie Snider Photos: Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd. About 45 minutes outside of Houston is the second-oldest public institution of higher learning in Texas—Prairie View A&M University. Established after the Civil War during the reconstruction era, it became the first college for African Americans supported by the state.  Even from its beginnings in 1876, Prairie View A&M …

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Air + Moisture Control

Words: Steven Fechino, Engineering and Construction Manager, Mortar Net Solutions Photos: Mortar Net Solutions  New technology in the masonry industry is everywhere, from the handles on trowels, mortar mixes with additives, clamps to hold the string line in place to polymer modified membranes for flashing and drainage. The traditional methods still work when you stay completely …

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May 2021: Full Contact Project Management

Contractors have unique abilities, equipment and training to “see” things that almost no one else can. You can merely look at a set of plans and see, right then and there, if a proposed project will not work – even though it was designed by the expert architect or engineer.

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