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Brett Martin

Brett Martin is a freelance writer located in Shakopee, Minn. with several years of construction and writing experience.

49 articles by Brett Martin:

Fremont Tactical Training Facility
masonry

Fremont Tactical Training Facility

The Fremont Tactical Training Facility needed to be constructed with materials able to live up to high demands. Concrete block masonry is such a material. Full story

Caring for hardscapes in cold climates
masonry

Caring for hardscapes in cold climates

While deicing salts can effectively eliminate slippery conditions, they also may adversely affect landscaping and hardscaping pavers. Full story

Sustainability Through Natural Stone
masonry

Sustainability Through Natural Stone

NSC Co-Chairman and Chair of the NSC’s Sustainability Committee, John Mattke, provided Masonry with an update on the organization’s green efforts. Full story

Providing Value During the Recession
masonry

Providing Value During the Recession

In these tough economic times, mason contractors need every advantage to stay profitable. Mast climber companies may have just the thing. Full story

The Adjustable Scaffolding Advantage
masonry

The Adjustable Scaffolding Advantage

Mason contractors looking to reign in costs during this recession should take a new look at adjustable scaffolding. Full story

The Cutting Edge
masonry

The Cutting Edge

All-purpose diamond blades are designed to cut almost anything, so masonry contractors don't have to waste time changing blades. Full story

Masonry Saws and Cutting Machines
masonry

Masonry Saws and Cutting Machines

Cutting-edge technology and better designs are changing the landscape for masonry saws. Full story

Tools of the Trade
masonry

Tools of the Trade

An inside look at the eclectic range of bricklayer’s tools hitting the market. Full story

Indispensable Telehandlers
masonry

Indispensable Telehandlers

New telehandler models increase jobsite productivity, have improved safety features, and offer more benefits. Full story

New Masonry Block Systems
masonry

New Masonry Block Systems

New masonry products and techniques provide the same classic look in less time and new opportunities for masonry contractors. Full story

Mix It, Pump It, Deliver It
masonry

Mix It, Pump It, Deliver It

Masonry contractors looking to improve the way they mix, pump or deliver mortar or grout will find a range of new and upgraded machines. Full story

Managing Moisture in Masonry
masonry

Managing Moisture in Masonry

Several new systems that keep moisture out of wall cavities have hit the market during the last couple of years, and they may have arrived at just the right time. Full story

The Mast Climber Advantage
masonry

The Mast Climber Advantage

Mast climbers are becoming indispensible to the commercial masonry industry. 40 percent of masonry contractors working on commercial jobs use mast climbers. Full story

An Inside Look at Scaffold Accessories
mcaa

An Inside Look at Scaffold Accessories

Masonry takes a look at scaffolding products that help masons work safer, faster and stay OSHA compliant. Full story

Power Tools That Pack a Punch
masonry

Power Tools That Pack a Punch

New tools for the masonry industry continue the trend of lighter, faster and more comfortable. Full story

Hot Trends in Fireplaces
masonry

Hot Trends in Fireplaces

Nothing complements a home and adds warmth like a fireplace. Surround it with a hand-carved mantel, and it becomes the focal point of a room. Full story

The Skinny on Scaffolding
masonry

The Skinny on Scaffolding

Scaffolding companies strive to make innovative new products for their scaffolding systems. New safety products and even hands-on training are being offered. Full story

Tuckpointing and Repointing Tools
masonry

Tuckpointing and Repointing Tools

To cut, clean and refill a mortar joint with fresh mortar, known as tuckpointing, is part of a standard maintenance package for brick and block buildings. Full story

Trends in Telehandlers
masonry

Trends in Telehandlers

From specialized, larger and smaller machines, to new attachments, remote control systems and GPS, telehandlers evolve from year to year. Full story

Eliminating Moisture in Walls
masonry

Eliminating Moisture in Walls

Air barriers come in a wide range of materials. Sometimes known as "building wraps," they can eliminate moisture in walls. We take a look at effective installation, purpose and function of air barriers. Full story



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