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The Move to Certification
One way to increase the legitimacy of an industry's craftsmanship and services is to create a viable, accepted certification program that raises the bar and singles out the best from the rest. David Hill, chairman of the MCAA Education Committee, joins us to discuss the creation of the National Mason Contractor Certification program, its implications both within and outside the industry, and what is expected to transpire over the next two years.
New Technologies Define Latest Masonry Tools
With the introduction of new technologies, such as lithium ion, vibration reduction, faster speeds and quieter action, power tools are once again revolutionizing the way contractors get the job done. We'll check out some of the new power tools on the market and review what options are available.
What Works Above, Doesn't Below
Any foundation type can be waterproofed and drained properly. The two important aspects of moisture control below grade are proper drainage and a moisture barrier or membrane.
Brick Valued in Public Safety and Eco-Design
Demand is high for energy-efficient, "green" construction with sustainable designs, and it continues to rise. But now, the focus from businesses and homeowners is on safe, durable structures that also have low environmental impact. As a versatile building material, brick provides all this and more.
MCAA's Year in Masonry
2006 was a very successful and memorable year for the masonry industry. The Mason Contractors Association of America's (MCAA) staff and board have continued to provide strong leadership for the industry and achieved many accomplishments in several key areas.
COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS
From the Editor
Making The Grade
Contractor to Contractor
MISL Excellence in Masonry Awards
Full Contact Project Management