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Crane goes higher, longer, and lower

Crane goes higher, longer, and lower – new products Jenni Spinner The RT800E rough terrain crane offers a higher lift capacity, longer boom, and lower overall height than previous models. The boom is a 38-142-foot unit in five sections, with sequenced, synchronized full power. The maximum tip height is 150 feet with a standard boom, […]

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Skidsteer tracks include steel traction cleats

Skidsteer tracks include steel traction cleats Jenni Spinner Z-Track MS Skidsteer traces have hammer-forged steel traction cleats that offer a high degree of wear resistance. The cleats are self-cleaning and give exceptional machine control. The tracks also provide a smoother ride and reduced operator fatigue, compared to other products. The tracks attach quickly and easily […]

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take a historical journey of this building design concept’s application in the commercial market from the 1930s to today

Cavity wall construction: take a historical journey of this building design concept’s application in the commercial market from the 1930s to today David G. Koch Cavity walls designed and specified for the commercial market in the last 43+ years of my experience in the architectural profession are one of the most misunderstood areas of the […]

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Scaffold planks meet OSHA standard

Scaffold planks meet OSHA standard – Product Preview The D165 Southern yellow pine scaffold plank is precision mitered on all four corners, rodded at each end to reduce end splits, continuously branded on both edges to show OSHA standard conformance, and proof loaded. Each plank has 1-inch-wide grip strips on one face that run the […]

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Scaffolding systems serve small jobs

Scaffolding systems serve small jobs – new products Jim Camillo A line of portable and lightweight brackets can be hung on either side of a wall (8-inch CMU, stud, etc.) or over a beam to serve as the frame of a scaffolding system designed for small jobs. Each bracket holds up to 250 pounds of […]

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The Jefferson Hotel Richmond, Virginia

The Jefferson Hotel Richmond, Virginia – project of the year Diana Granitto When the Jefferson Hotel was designed in 1895, incorporating a motor court wasn’t a consideration. More than a century later, the Richmond, Va., hotel has added a grand entry featuring a six-car porte-cochere in the ornate, neoclassical style of the original building. The […]

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The masonry trade is like no other

The masonry trade is like no other Ron Willis It seems that “masonry bond” and “masonry dimensions” are two of the hardest terms for people in the design stage of our business to understand. Modular masonry is designed to work in 8-inch increments with a joint, which is why a typical block is 7 5/8 […]

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Preventing chimney cap failure: author offers one approach for making the cap durable and attractive

Preventing chimney cap failure: author offers one approach for making the cap durable and attractive John Carrol Whether running up along an exterior wall or emerging through the roof, the last few feet of chimneys are completely exposed to the wrath of Mother Nature. These positions mean that chimneys are regularly subjected to intense heat, […]

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Are walls water damaged?

Are walls water damaged? – troubleshooting Norbert V. Krogstad Q Our firm designed an insulated masonry cavity wall system using 4-inch split-face concrete masonry veneer with an 8-inch reinforced concrete masonry backup. The veneer wythe contained an integral water-repellent admixture in both the concrete units and mortar. The interior wythe was conventional concrete masonry. The […]

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Buggy handles adverse soil conditions

Buggy handles adverse soil conditions – Moving Mortar and Grout at the Jobsite Jim Camillo The WPB-16AWD is the industry’s first all-wheel-drive power buggy and is capable of handling adverse soil conditions. It has a 16-cubic-foot capacity, carries a maximum load of 2500 pounds on dual wheels, and is ideal for transporting mortar around the […]