Fly Ash? Fly ash is the fraction of combusted coal that becomes suspended in plant flue gases. The fly ash available for beneficial use is captured primarily by mechanical particulate collection devices, such as an electrostatic precipitator or baghouse. The remaining fly ash that passes through these particulate collection devices either escapes into the atmosphere […]
The Importance of Clean Sand Sand generally composes 80 percent of a stucco wall, and because it is the primary ingredient, it is vital that the quality of the sand be controlled. Imagine a bucket filled with tennis balls and different sized marbles. The marbles are filling in the spaces between the tennis balls. Cement […]
Throughout history, those in the building trades have built structures that would last a lifetime. This is apparent from a large number of buildings and houses that are well over 50 years old and remain occupied. In today’s building industry, it is essential that members of all the various trades strive for this kind of […]
History Plasterwork is one of the most ancient of handicrafts employed in connection with building operations, the earliest evidence showing that the dwellings of primitive man were erected in a simple fashion with sticks and plastered with mud. Soon a more lasting and sightly material was found and employed to take the place of mud or slime, […]
HOW TO MAKE CONTINUOUS INSULATION WORK PREFACE Energy code regulations, particularly California’s Title 24, require a more prevalent use of continuous insulation (CI) overall framed walls. The CI design approach is intended to prevent or minimize the thermal transfer often referred to as “thermal short-circuiting” or “thermal bridging.” This is related to the natural […]
Have you ever wondered how things are made? Like Cement, find out how many of the objects we use become the things they are. Watch as “How It’s Made” reveals the methods and materials of Cement.
It was springtime in Phoenix, Ronald Reagan was our president. I was on my way, really going places. I was no longer just a journeyman fireproofer/plasterer working for a buck but was now a bonafide, fireproofing, plaster-pumping, money-making contractor. I had financed my first Spray Force plaster pump, ownership was now a reality. I headed […]