Older masonry structures from many eras, including libraries, town halls, commercial blocks, and school buildings stand at the geographic center of many communities, holding symbolic meaning and serving varied needs and purposes. As they age, many begin to show the effects of neglect, weather and deferred maintenance on their façades, foundations, and roof assemblies.
Each project is unique, but there are some common mistakes, problems, and inefficiencies that occur on a regular basis, affecting the cost, schedule, or performance of building enclosures. Understanding material qualities and resultant performance is the core of good masonry construction.
Electric-powered lift-assist devices are designed to reduce the strain of masonry work. These machines—essentially miniaturized ‘smart’ cranes—are capable of hoisting up to 61 kg (135 lb), allowing masons to lift, move, and place blocks with ease.
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