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The World of Concrete 2019: MCAA Events Recap

Words: MASONRY Magazine Photos: Bruce Starrenburg  World of Concrete is the home of action-packed masonry competitions, beneficial meetings, informative classes, annual events, and an honor-filled night for the newly inducted members of the Mason Contractors Association of America’s Masonry Hall of Fame. Take a look at our recap of the events that took place during World of Concrete.   …

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Kayleen McCabe: First Experience At World of Concrete

Words: MASONRY Magazine Photos: NCCER, Kayleen McCabe  Editor’s note: Licensed contractor and former DIY Network T.V. Host Kayleen McCabe attended World of Concrete for the very first time. Kayleen is passionate about improving and supporting workforce development and the construction industry overall. We took some time to chat with her about her experiences in Las Vegas at the World of Concrete 2019. We’d like to …

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MCAA Masonry Hall of Fame 2019: A Sit Down With Four Inductees

Words: Cassandra Stern and MASONRY Magazine Photos: Bruce Starrenburg  On Thursday, January 24, 2019, during the World of Concrete and MCAA Annual Convention 2019, MASONRY was able to sit down and conduct some face-to-face interviews with four of the six pillars of the masonry community being honored: Alonza “AC” Lewis, Angelo Tedesco, Kenny Foeste, and Mike Sutter. These four men are powerhouses in the …

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Controlling the Wall System

Look beyond brick and mortar for opportunities to expand your bid package   Words: Jeremy Douglas  The specific application of a building’s air barrier system can be confusing. As a mason contractor, understanding the purposes of these systems and how they critically interface to adjacent materials reveals how simple they actually are. In short, you may be missing out on providing a critical component of the masonry wall system.   First, it is important …

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Tech Talk: Veneer Anchors For New Construction

Words and Photo Courtesy of the MCAA Figure 1. Left: Typical adjustable veneer anchor (Heckmann), center: typical corrugated sheet-metal anchor (Simpson Strong-Tie), and right: ladder-type joint reinforcing with side rod for anchoring veneer (Hohmann & Barnard).  Veneer anchors or wall ties are pretty much taken for granted on most jobsites. However, they have a critical function …

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Building Codes: The Foundation for a Resilient Nation

The devastation brought by natural disasters is all too prominent in today’s media. Deaths, injuries and property loss demonstrate the fragility of communities in the face of these events. Increased community resilience provides a mechanism to lessen the impact of these events and assure that communities can continue to thrive.   The Alliance for National & Community …

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Tech Talk: Determining Strength Of In Place Masonry Materials

Insert fig. 1  Caption: Figure 1. Laboratory compressive strength testing of a concrete block coupon.  Why would you ever need to know the strength of materials in a building that is already constructed and has been standing for years? Sometimes building use changes, and the structure is retrofitted to accommodate new tenants. This change in use may …

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