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5 Tips for Managing Materials on the Jobsite

When you’re headed out to a job site, managing materials is critical. You want all of your materials to show up at the right time, in the right amounts. You need to inventory them; you need to store them properly. Sometimes, it may feel as though material management is half of your job! These five More Info »

, July 14, 2017
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Jul

5 Tips for Marketing Your Architecture Business

If you’re an architect, you’re probably not a marketer too. You’re focused on designing beautiful and functional buildings. But effective marketing is the only way to grow your business. The following five simple steps are easy to implement and can help you attract and retain more clients. 1) Know Your Audience Any marketing plan, regardless More Info »

, July 7, 2017
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Jul

Seeing is Understanding

As all people that have an interest in masonry, it is important for us to realize that we often need help understanding new technologies, old traditions and why the architect drew such a thing.  All information shared is only as good as the person communicating the concern.  Now, I know I am not the world’s More Info »

, July 10, 2016
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Jun

Mortar Net Products Help With Labor Shortage

According to a recent survey from the Associated General Contractors of America, 83% of construction firms struggle to fill positions for qualified craftworkers.  TotalFlash, LathNet and BlockFlash, MortarNet, CompleteFlash, and DriPlane are all products that provide superior performance while being quick to install. They are specifically designed to save labor time and costs, and to More Info »

, June 23, 2016
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Jun

NAHB – Homebuilder Sentiment Rises To Best Level This Year

From the online news source, “Business Insider “: According to the NAHB, homebuilder sentiment rose more than expected in June and to the best level since January after holding steady during the four months in between. The National Association of Homebuilders’ housing market index for June climbed to 60 from 58, topping the forecast for a More Info »

, June 17, 2016
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May

Construction Employment Increases in 244 Metro Regions

According to federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America, construction employment increased in 244 out of 358 metropolitan areas in the USA and was unchanged in 44 areas. 70 areas saw a decline between March, 2015 and March, 2016. AGCA data shows that the building recovery continues to be broad-based geographically More Info »

, May 25, 2016
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Mar

IMI Position on Wall Systems Reinforces CavityComplete

The International Masonry Institute (IMI) position on the value of designing sustainable masonry cavity walls as systems rather than as a grouping of individual components reinforces the value of designing and building with CavityComplete. CavityComplete is the first and only tested and warrantied total cavity wall system.  www.cavitycomplete.com CavityComplete includes Mortar Net Solutions products MortarNet, More Info »

, March 21, 2016
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Mar

Lack of Skilled Workers Still a Major Bottleneck for New Construction

A lack of skilled workers in the masonry industry and construction in general continues to make it difficult or impossible for contractors to keep up with building demand.  Ironically, according to this article from the Associated General Contractors of America, hiring has actually slowed recently.  The question is, has hiring slowed because demand is falling More Info »

, March 1, 2016
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Feb

Jose Martinez Wins World of Concrete Fastest Trowel Competition

Jose Noe Martinez won the 2016 Fastest Trowel on the Block Contest at this year’s World of Concrete.  The contest pitted journemen masons and their tenders against one another to see who could build the best 30 foot-long 8″ CMU wall in twenty minutes.  Contestants were judged on both the number of block they laid More Info »

, February 11, 2016
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Jan

What The Heck Is A WUFI?

WUFI sounds like a Star Wars character, but it’s actually an extremely useful software suite that calculates simultaneous heat and moisture transport in multi-layer building components.  It can account for literally hundreds of variables, from insulation size and type to window and door sizes and types to siding to typical weather conditions for the building More Info »

, January 21, 2016
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