September 2010: For The Record

Words: Dan Kamys For The Record Finally, Fall?Ķ

Do you think sorting through the ever-changing sea of masonry codes and standards can be a daunting task? If so, you aren’t alone. Our codes and standards demand strict adherence and your undivided attention as a mason contractor. It can be a thorn in your side at times, but we have to remember that, ultimately, codes and standards are in place for reasons that benefit you. Dr. Richard Klingner, a professor of civil engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, wrote about the origin of many codes and standards in this issue of Masonry (see “Our Masonry Code and Specification: Where Do They Come From?” on p. 34). Dr. Klingner reviews the process used to produce our masonry design code and specification in the United States, with emphasis on how that process affects mason contractors.

Also in this issue, we are focusing on anchoring systems, specifically the relationship between the anchor and the air/vapor barrier (see “Masonry Anchoring Systems: Today and Beyond,” p. 30). We’re also examining whether all masonry construction is best suited for the use of mortar through a collection of hands-on examples (see “Masonry Adhesive for Specialty Masonry Applications” on p. 22). On p. 18, you can learn how mast climber companies are coping with current industry realities through the firsthand account of one of the largest mast climber manufacturers in the world.

Through a special report, you can gain insight to the many MCAA committees and their current activities, missions and goals. The MCAA Mid-Year Meeting took place this summer in Chicago, with a mix of work and planning, and a little evening fun, keeping attendees busy and engaged (see p. 14). The Mid-Year Meeting was successful and included time spent meeting with the National Concrete Masonry Association, which was convening in Chicago as well.

It’s been a long, hot summer. I am ready for some cooler temperatures, some action on the gridiron, and an up-tick (or huge increase!) in business in our market. It can only get better from here!

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