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:

masonry

Mixers, Pumps and Delivery Systems

Mixers, Pumps and Delivery Systems

An increasing number of mixers, pumps and delivery systems have been designed to simplify the process of getting mortar and grout from powder to placement on masonry job sites. Full story

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Planning Scaffolding Layout on Paper

Planning Scaffolding Layout on Paper

Shreveport, La.-based Non-Stop Scaffolding Inc. is taking an innovative approach to setting up scaffolding. Full story

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New and Improved: Adjustable Scaffolding

New and Improved: Adjustable Scaffolding

A look at what's new in the world of adjustable scaffolding, as well as improvements and enhancements made to existing products, methods and safety standards. Full story

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Concrete Block Trends

Concrete Block Trends

New looks, recycled materials and fast installation systems define today's block. Full story

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New Saws for Changing Needs

New Saws for Changing Needs

Advanced technology, dust collection and portability define the next generation of masonry saws. Full story

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Tools for the Hardscaping Season

Tools for the Hardscaping Season

Masonry contractors who specialize in hardscaping can anticipate a broad range of new tools this year. Full story

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New Heights

New Heights

Mast climbing work platforms have long been popular with large masonry companies, allowing them to do big jobs more quickly, easily and safely. Full story

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Benefits of Masonry Industry Software

Benefits of Masonry Industry Software

Technology is a fast-paced area that can give contractors who are in the know an extreme advantage. Whether in the office or out in the field, a software package is available to make tasks faster, safer and more productive. Full story

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Keep on Truckin’

Keep on Truckin’

Masonry takes a look at 2007 and 2008 trucks for hauling tools, materials and trailers to masonry jobsites. Full story

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Burning Opportunities

Burning Opportunities

Trends in masonry fireplaces and mantel installs are fueling growth in niche areas. Full story

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Simplifying Grout and Mortar Delivery

Simplifying Grout and Mortar Delivery

From residential homes to massive commercial projects, silos, mixers, pumps and delivery systems offer time, money and labor savings - and provide a glimpse into masonrys future. Full story

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The Three R's: Repairs, Restorations and Rehabs

The Three R's: Repairs, Restorations and Rehabs

There's a broad niche of masonry repairs, restorations and rehabs available for the right contractors. We highlight a few companies offering these services and get their thoughts on this competitive market. Full story

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Masonry Training in Prisons Reaps Successes

Masonry Training in Prisons Reaps Successes

Vocational prison programs offer the potential for a win-win situation for both inmates and mason contractors. We discuss some programs currently being offered. Full story

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Getting the Most for Your Crane Time

Getting the Most for Your Crane Time

Cranes are a critical component on masonry job sites. In metropolitan areas or tight working environments, they provide essential assistance in moving materials from ground level to the workers. Full story

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Labor Crunch

Labor Crunch

The masonry industry is facing a hurdle with replacing its retiring workforce. We discuss what the masonry industry and its members are doing to overcome this hurdle. Full story

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The Technology Behind Bricks

The Technology Behind Bricks

The masonry industry steadily makes advances in its manufacturing techniques. We discuss some of these new innovations and what they mean for mason contractors. Full story

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A Green Look at Masonry

A Green Look at Masonry

Construction waste is the most common garbage going into landfills. Recycling and salvaging construction materials is great for the environment and great for business. Full story

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Getting the Most from Admixtures

Getting the Most from Admixtures

We explore what you need to know about various admixtures for masonry mortar, and how these materials may affect mixing, brick and block laying, and the cleaning process. Full story

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Coming Up to Speed on Mast Climbers

Coming Up to Speed on Mast Climbers

As mason contractors realize the benefits of using mast climbers, such as convenience and faster installation, mast climber use continues to soar across North America. Full story

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Building Better Communities

Building Better Communities

Masons, mason contractors and masonry organizations volunteer their time and talents to help others. Full story



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