Category: Regulars

Past, Present And Future: April

Past, Present And Future Dan Kamys, Editor – dkamys@masonrymagazine.com What a whirlwind of a year it’s been. As I’m writing this, I’m currently attending the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 Conference in Las Vegas. I thought the World of Concrete was a large show, but this one makes it look small! From the cranes that look like they’re touching the sky to the gigantic dump trucks that could probably hold all the contents of my house, the construction industry looks like it’s certainly on the way up. It was a pleasure to meet all of the new companies dedicated to the same...

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Charla Técnica: Pruebas de campo del Mortero

El mortero es una parte importante en cualquier proyecto de mampostería, pero los diseñadores e inspectores hacen mucho énfasis en las pruebas en el sitio de trabajo para determinar su fuerza. Pero la realidad es que el mortero juega un papel relativamente pequeño determinando la capacidad estructural de un sistema de pared de mampostería. No es trabajo del albañil probar el mortero, pero cada albañil debe conocer los fundamentos de las pruebas del mortero para asegurarse que su trabajo no se detenga o sea retrasado por los laboratorios que no siguen el método de pruebas. A continuación algunas cosas que debemos tomar en cuenta. ¿Las especificaciones del proyecto requieren más pruebas al mortero? Las pruebas del mortero no son un requeridas por el código – tampoco por el Código internacional de construcción (IBC por sus siglas en ingles) ni tampoco el Código de construcción de mampostería (TMS 402) requieren que el mortero del sitio de trabajo sea evaluado. De acuerdo al Código (IBC y TMS 402), la garantía de calidad del mortero no se logra evaluando sino revisando la presentación y observando como la mezcla es proporcionada en el sitio. Si el mortero es procesado en el sitio, el inspector puede solicitar que se mida la arena para cada lote usando cubetas o una medida de un pie cúbico. El cemento y la cal vienen en bolsas de 1...

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Contractor Tip of the Month

Get Your Team on the Same Page to Increase Productivity as Much as 70%! Have you ever had two people on your team who can’t get along? Maybe they have different personalities. Or different visions. Or maybe they just refuse to work together as a part of the team. Whatever the case, as hard as you’ve tried you can’t seem to bring them together. One option many business leaders consider is keeping the two team members separated so they don’t make a scene in front of other employees or customers. After all, these two people are both really good at what they do. And they’d hate to lose them… As good as those individuals may be at their jobs, the truth is when two people reside at an organization – without working together as a team – results of the organization can suffer as much as 70%. A couple of years ago, I decided to purchase a safety equipment and supply company, Malta Dynamics. Since my expertise lies in construction instead of the safety industry, I set out to find and build a team of top safety industry experts, whom I dubbed “my starting lineup.” I.e. the five players who would be my starters if I were the coach of an undefeated basketball team. It wasn’t long until I discovered these experts couldn’t be found in the small town...

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Chairman’s Message: Spring 2017: Silica, Auctions and Policy

Spring 2017: Silica, Auctions and Policy Michael Sutter, MCAA Chairman I hope your backlog is full, you’re equipment is serviced, your manpower is geared up and you are ready to roll from Spring into Summer. Hopefully this will be a great summer for all of us as our industry is healthy and growing. I know here at MCAA we are excited about the goals we have for this year and can’t wait to share them with all of you. I know I mentioned this in my last article but I feel a need to mention it again. As much as the new OSHA silica rule has been discussed, I still run into contractors that don’t know anything about it. I don’t want them to find out about it the day the OSHA compliance officer shows up on their jobsite and writes up a violation that results in a big old fine. Silica is going to be easy money for OSHA because too few contractors are knowledgeable and prepared for the rule implementation on June 23rd of this year. You must have a competent person on the jobsite, all your employees must have received training and you need a job specific written plan on site as well. The good news is that MCAA is helping with each and every step. We are traveling around the country, currently having 15 cities...

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MCAA Gateway: March 2017

MCAA Annual South of 40 Event Held At Señor Frog’s  The MCAA held it’s annual South of 40 event at Señor Frog’s Restaurant & Bar at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. As a networking and fundraising event for the association, the space was packed and filled with food drinks, and great conversation. Additionally, guests could try out the Oculus Rift virtual reality games and be immersed in other worlds. The mission of the South of 40 Committee is to provide members the opportunity to learn, to become more involved, and introduce a youthful voice into the...

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