I’ve been a stone mason since college which puts me at almost 7 years. I worked by myself until this year when demand caused me to start an s Corp and hire 3 employees. I’m the guy who genuinely wants to help clients and give them the cheapest price so we were not making it well after august of 2020. Demand completely jumped the cliff for my field of work. I had to skip meals and ask for extra time on loans I had. I was barely scrapping by and it was hurting my new marriage. But I decided to call around the area to see if any larger masonry companies might need help. As it would turn out, the biggest company in town read my resume and called me into an interview. The saw my work and hired me and my employees on the spot. We’re now going to be our own division in a custom homes masonry company and I couldn’t be happier. They are buying all my leads from me and getting us journeymen cards to be federally credited masons on top of a pay raise. Some things that look bad are supposed to move us to where we are supposed to be.
As the title says, I got a quote to fix two rows of brick + a new crown of my chimney for $2,800 does this seem high or reasonable to anyone who’s done similar work in the area?
Hello! I’m in the process of designing a new home and I’m possibly looking at having a masonry heater next to the kitchen. It would have a small oven built into it for when the power goes out or we just want a wood fired pizza. Open floor plan and the living room and dining area would have vaulted ceilings.
Do you think it will get too hot in the kitchen?
This is to people in seismically inactive regions. What resources do you use to design unreinforced masonry structures? Guides, Specifications, textbooks, softwares etc.
Thanks a lot!
I'm really interested in Masonry and this interest was peaked even more by me having to deal with a long going case at my work involving a Mason's building (I work for a utility company). The way the gentleman conducted him self made me want to learn more, I did not ask him anything about it because I thought it to be inappropriate.
How do I get involved and learn more. I am based in Scotland.
I have a bit of an interesting situation. I'm working on an old 1970s building with steel framing; we do have original drawings for it. There are a few dispersed moment frames in both major directions without much pattern as to where they exist. We are performing renovations on a floor that is removing 4" and 6" CMU partitions and replacing them with stud wall partitions to layout a different space. The partition walls only show up on the architectural drawings and do not appear to be anything more than slab-to-slab or slab-to-ceiling masonry partitions.
Is there any reason to believe these partitions affect the lateral load system other than "bonus" stiffness/dampening?
I know being a Mason is a brotherhood however, I’ve been obsessing over Masonry since I can remember. My great grandfather was a high ranking mason and I was super close to him my whole life. I believe I’m on this path to either continue my great grandfathers tradition and livelihood since he’s passed away but I’m a girl ... Even when my great grandfather passed I wasn’t allowed to go to the funeral for weird reasons, I was probably 12 at the time. But the excuse for me to not go was because I was to young..... however I’ve been to funerals and such before. I believe my grandma was hiding me from the ceremony. I’ve tried to ask my grandma about it (his daughter) but of course she was secretive and didn’t know much. She did mention a group that is out there, something the daughters of something???
I just know I have this calling upon me to do something. Side note- my mom was 8 months pregnant with me while she married my dad in a Mason hall. The wedding was planned by my grandma... So I’ve always felt like a naturally born Mason baby lol.
Any advice would be great :)
Need some residential work done and would appreciate any good recommendations. TIA!
Edit: Thanks everyone, reached out to Hank!
Our basement has leaked over the years during long term/heavy rains only. Problem got better with rain barrels to divert standing water outside. But hasn't completely solved the problem. No major flooding inside, but some pooling.
The walls are likely cinder blocks with concrete layered over top. Can't see the blocks so not sure. The floor is unfinished concrete. We're finally sprucing up the space. Caulking was super old so I've removed it all. Scraping off small patches of concrete wall sloughing.
Questions: Should I first fill the crevasses where the wall and floor meets with concrete and then use concrete caulk over that to prevent seepage? I will also use lock tight paint over all of that but wondering about the crevasses first.
Next: Midway on the problematic wall, you can see a point of small seepage. Should I put a layer of concrete over that and then the lock tight as well?
We're just going to paint the walls and not put up finishing walls. We're going to paint the floor last with garage paint.
Thoughts? Thanks in advance!
Brothers, Please understand before you read this, that I'm asking out of complete ignorance, I am in no way wanting to stir some kind of pot. So..is Af&AM white only? Is Prince Hall black only? Am I wrong? Is this ok? I'm under the inclination that all men are Brothers, and I accept everyone. I'm just new to Freemasonry and I noticed this..and I don't know how else to ask.
This is one of the reasons I love Masonry and Masons, There is a lot of history here and thank you for sharing your knowledge. I've got more things to read about now.
We’re looking for a good company to renovate our kitchen. We’d gotten a quote from Jericho but their reviews were either great or pretty scary, nothing in between.
We’re also looking for a mason to tuck point some areas around the house. We thought we had a guy but he’s ghosted us a bunch of times.
I'm trying to get some walls built/modified on my property and don't know who to call. Does anyone know any reputable masonry companies here?
Those nails are left by previous owners and seem like glued to the wall. We are afraid to damage the wall by forcefully pulling them. Photos are here
Any advice is appreciated. Thank you.
We're redoing a bathroom and the tile beneath it is a bitch to get up. Currently smashing it caveman style which works but man is it a workout.
Anyone have tips to get up possibly larger chunks or make this smoother? I'm thinking of getting a chisel and going after the grout or getting a heavier hammer. The shower is porcelain and comes up sooooo much easier.
https://i.imgur.com/eZrA6zV.jpg - the offending tile
Interested in going to a trade school for stone masonry or getting a masonry apprenticeship. My question are: is there some sort of certificate or document you get at the end of an apprenticeship to prove to prospective employers that you are a certified and capable stonemason? Also, how much of a hassle is transferring apprenticeships? My wife is in the military and it’s likely that she will have to change duty stations at some point during my apprenticeship.
I'm trying to find cheap source for tool steels, since most of my local suppliers will either only trade B2B or have a minimum order size of 10 x 6 meters (which is a bit beyond my budget and needs). And I haven't gotten around to talking to my local mechanic about old springs yet (and won't in the near future due to lockdown...).
I found out even rather large masonry chisels are dirt cheap, but I can't find any info on the alloy they're made from. Some of them are labelled chrome-vanadium, and since this is something I often see on other tools, I recon most of them are made from this.
The question is, can these chisels be reforged and more importantly, will the release toxic vapours if heated to forging heat?