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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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NCMA’s Unit Design Competition For Architectural Students — A Win-Win For All Involved

The NCMA Unit Design Competition involves the conceptual design of innovative concrete masonry or hardscape units that can be economically manufactured on a block machine (concrete masonry and segmental retaining wall units) or big board machine (concrete pavers). The competition is incorporated into the architectural program at major universities and in many cases is virtually …

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Honoring The Legacy: The Masonry Hall Of Fame’s 2017 Inductees

Masonry is not only responsible for building long-lasting and beautiful structures; it’s the reason for so many legacies. On January 19 during the MCAA Convention at the World of Concrete, the Mason Contactors Association of America honored five of the industry’s finest. During the closing dinner held at Fogo de Chão in Las Vegas, Robert …

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