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Translation: Contractor Tip of the Month

¡Lo barato sale caro! This originally ran in the 2017 October issue Recientemente leí una historia publicada por CNN sobre United Airlines sacando por la fuerza a un pasajero que había pagado por su boleto de un vuelo con la intención de hacer lugar para un miembro de la tripulación sin boleto pagado.  Para colmo, cada pasajero tuvo que bajar del avión mientras el equipo de hazmat abordó para limpiar del …

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Brick to the Future: Thin Brick in 2019

Words: Chris Rodermond  Photos: Glen-Gery, Omega International  Thin brick applications have been a staple in commercial construction for the past few decades, providing long-lasting solutions, excellent aesthetics, and less expensive project costs when compared to traditional brick construction.   Now, with advances in the materials providing more product choice and availability, both commercial and consumer sectors are seeing growth of these materials …

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Home is Where the Hearth is

Words: Cassandra Stern Photo Credit: Krukowski Stone  Ever heard of hygge? This oddly spelled word of Dutch and Norwegian origin perfectly describes a feeling we all share, regardless of our culture. In both Danish and Norwegian, hygge refers to “a form of everyday togetherness”, and “a pleasant and highly valued everyday experience of safety, equality, personal wholeness and a spontaneous social flow.” In other words, hygge means …

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The MCAA Midyear Meeting 2019: Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

Words: MASONRY Magazine  Photos: MASONRY Magazine, Aimintang, Denis Tangney Jr., Maudi B   The annual Mid-Year Meeting of the MCAA took place from September 8-11, 2019 in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, at the historic Omni Mount Washington Resort. This Midyear meeting marked the second and final meeting during Chairman Paul Odom’s term.   The Omni Mount Washington Resort  Bretton Woods is part of …

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Height Safety

Words: Cassandra Stern   Photos: Pakorn_Khantiyaporn, vm  According to the Center for Construction Research and Training’s recent analysis of data from the NIOSH’s Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program, nearly 42% of construction worker fatalities that occurred between 1982 and 2015 involved a fall. Of those, 54% had no access to a personal fall arrest system (PFAS), and …

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Don’t Let One Bad Labor Estimate Ruin Your Business

Words: Danielle Higley   Accurate cost estimates in masonry aren’t just helpful—they’re essential. According to Carnegie Mellon University, “Cost estimating is one of the most important steps in project management.” Write a bad estimate, and the entire project may go off the rails.   But what components go into an estimate, and what parts might be problematic? According …

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Constructible BIM for Masonry: Estimate, Plan and Build

Words: Guy Erickson, Trimble Concrete Segment Business Manager N.A. and Jarod Beaman, Trimble Application SpecialistPhotos: Trimble Solutions  The Problem  What is the problem with construction information?  Information is lost as it passes from one person to another for drawings, traditional quantity take-offs, schedules and reports to communicate project progress.  For example, when we study a set of drawings, it …

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Designing An Adhered Masonry Veneer

Words: Steven Fechino  Photo: Banks Photo   Today we will conclude this series on design of adhered masonry veneers. We have looked the design of an adhered masonry veneer based on the structural substrate as a stud type wall. In this article will wrap up the wall with the discussion on types of veneer units, the use of a weep …

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