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Masonry Materials

Provider: Mason Contractors Association of America
Discipline: Masonry Products
Credits: 2.00

The Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada and the Masonry Institute of America are presenting a short but important seminar on masonry materials. This seminar is designed to inform contractors, designers and suppliers on the nuances of masonry units, mortar and grout.

Building codes and material standards are constantly updated and technology may change the components of material which may positively or negatively affect how materials interact with each other.

Masonry is unique with masonry and grout are often likened to concrete, yet masonry and grout have significant differences.

Recent changes in the state building code take into account unique properties of masonry materials and this presentation vill provide a short history of these code improvements. When the material producers and contractors understand how the different components interact, then the end result is better quality masonry, which, in turn, gives masonry a better reputation among designers and regulators.

Topics include:

  • A new standard for concrete block
  • The myth about mortar testing
  • Why grout needs water more than water-reducing additives
  • How to beat the competition with environmental friendly grout
The presentation will also review recent design changes in masonry. The familiar 1,500 psi design has been increased to 2,000 psi which is a huge benefit for masonry. To verify the increased design strength, Unit Strength tables have been modified to reflect increased verification strengths while using the same materials.

We will also talk about masonry coring and give some insight on causes of masonry core failures. Interested in possible coring alternatives? Come and see what's new.

For more information please visit www.masoncontractors.org or contact Mason Contractors Association of America at 800-536-2225.

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“The MCAA keeps my company competitive with other building materials.”

John Smith
John J. Smith Masonry Company
MCAA member since 1990

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