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Jun

No Masonry is Truly Waterproof

By Gary Johnson No masonry is truly waterproof, whether the result of capillary action, absorption or construction error. During the multi-decade life spans of typical high-quality structures, drainage in the cavity of a masonry veneer wall is necessary to minimize moisture damage and create a long-lasting, low-maintenance wall. Drying of the wall by promoting ventilation More Info »

, June 30, 2021
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Mar

Ventilating the top and bottom of a cavity wall

By: Steven Fechino Weep Vents are commonly placed directly on the flashing at the bottom of the wall, below finished floor and above finished grade.   What may be new to some is that now, it is becoming more common to also place weep vents at the top of the wall, either just below the shelf More Info »

, March 17, 2021
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Mar

The Fechino Files: Arch, Step down, Counterflash

By Steven Fechino Step Down The Arch Flashing: Arches can range in size; they can be tall, and they can be wide or a combination of both. Flashing an arch can typically be performed using straight pieces of flashing that begin at the lower corners of the arch and extend to a top piece that More Info »

, March 11, 2021
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Feb

The Fechino Files: Lipped Brick Detail

Lipped brick details are common when replacing brick shelf or relieving angles and at many loose-laid lintel replacements. The lipped brick has a section of the brick removed on the bed section of the brick, typically, ½ to ¾ inch by 2-7/8 inch on a standard modular brick. The section that is removed historically has More Info »

, February 26, 2021
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Feb

Restoration & Remediation: Restoration Flashing Costs to Consider

By Steven Fechino There are a few ways restoration contractors provide labor to their projects; they can hire unit price subcontractors, or a mason can use company employees. In both cases, a company earns the money to pay for all expenses based on work invoiced from field productivity. In restoration, flashings are done every day. More Info »

, February 9, 2021
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Jan

The Fechino Files: I Just Need To Make It To The End Of The Season

Even with this crazy year, time seems to be at a premium, and spare time is tough to find. However, it is the time of year where many of us are putting it into a higher gear, getting our projects wrapped up, and sending the billings out before the cold weather sets in. This is More Info »

, January 14, 2021
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Oct

The Fechino Files: Masonry tool modifications on a tight budget

Written by Steven Fechino When you work long enough in masonry two things are going to occur: your body is going to be less tolerant of the physical abuse that the job can produce, and your thinking about doing it smarter and more economically will begin to become a normal mindset. Years ago, we did More Info »

, October 1, 2020
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Oct

The Fechino Files: The perfect bologna sandwich

Written by Steven Fechino So, I was talking with Jerry Painter the other day, it was hot outside and I was taking a break to call Jerry to ask him a question, it seemed like the right thing to do. Our discussion, as usual, was about a masonry issue but since it was 11:50 am More Info »

, October 1, 2020
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Sep

The Fechino Files: Bricklaying with a twist

Written by Steven Fechino Brick columns are typically slow to build when each course is plumbed and leveled as you go.  When you set up jack lines, it is much easier to notice when you get a bit off here and there, but you still need to plumb and level.  A twisted brick column is More Info »

, September 30, 2020
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Sep

The Fechino Files: Ethanol – What is it all about?

Written by Steven Fechino Ethanol. What do you know about the chemical that has been mixed with the fuel you put into your trucks and small engines? Ethanol, in a pure form, is alcohol: an organic composition typically made from either wood mill waste or corn. Sound like moonshine? Well, it basically is. From the More Info »

, September 29, 2020
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