Category: Spotlight

Marvelous Masonry-Czech Republic- Celebrating Masonry’s Heritage

From Egypt last month, we now move up to the Czech Republic in Central Europe.  As with most European countries, it has an amazing history including being part of various empires. During World War II, it was part of Czechoslovakia. However, Czechoslovakia was peacefully dissolved in 1993 and the independent states of the Czech Republic and Slovakia were formed.  In the past year, the country has adopted the short name of Czechia in addition to the formal name of Czech Republic. Czechia is one of Europe’s 16 land-locked countries (Figure 1).    In size, it is slightly smaller than...

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Field Purchasing of Specified Products

Words: Steven Fechino, Engineering and Construction Manager at Mortar Net Solutions Photos: PROSOCO, Mortar Net Solutions, Spec Mix, Masonry Magazine Purchasing the materials for a project is not intended to be complicated, but with all of the products to choose from, it can become a bit of an education many superintendents do not think they have time. Specifications and submittals should answer many of the questions, but once in a while the mason can feel like he is guessing. One thing about the products we use is that they have improved in their chemistry and performance over the past...

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The Natural Stone Council’s Development of ANSI/NSC-373

The Natural Stone Council’s Development Of ANSI/NSC-373 The Natural Stone Council is a collaboration of business and trade associations that have joined forces to promote the interior and exterior use of natural stone in residential, commercial, government, institutional, and educational applications. Its new standard, known as the ANSI/NSC 373 Natural Dimension Stone Standard, puts criteria into place for the industry to measure the sustainability of natural stone production. While the sustainability of natural stone remains unquestioned with regard to longevity and durability of structures, this new standard expands the meaning. How the stone is quarried, processed, and transported is...

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Job Safety: Not to be Forgotten!

Job safety is as important on a 10 story commercial building as it is on a residential remodel.  Every mason deserves to go home just like he came to work.  Too many times, accidents happen that can seriously injure a mason, causing lost time, medical costs, or worse.  Many of these are reported to management and injury reports are filed and the mason is medically treated.  However, there are probably more that do get reported.  Either the contractor does not have insurance, or perhaps is just a side job putting up a mailbox or a retaining wall.  No matter...

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Marvelous Masonry Egypt

Thank you for the positive comments we’ve received about these articles. It’s great to see how many enjoy our masonry heritage. This month we’ll be visiting Egypt. Even if you’ve never visited Egypt, you probably recognize the pyramids and the Sphinx. We will go there and visit many more. Egypt was a center of modern civilization beginning from about 3,000 BC. It was conquered by Alexander the Great, the ruler of Macedonia in 332 BC and was ruled by the Greeks until it was taken over by the Roman Empire approximately 30 BC. Roman control lasted until c. 640...

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