Nothing stands the test of time in the building industry better or with more beauty than masonry. When we look at ruins of ancient Arizona civilizations, it’s not the sticks and stucco we marvel over; it’s the timeless works of master masons and their countless creations spanning centuries of building. For the best Tucson-area masonry contractors, manufacturers and suppliers for your house, home, castle or cabin, trust the Rosie on the House Referral Network. (Even Rosie's cabin is built from masonry.)
What is the correct Mortar Mix ratio for Masonry?Clem Hellmann of Quality Block and I agree that with pre-mix bags available, unless you are on a major jobsite with at least a dozen masons it's just not worth mixing yourself. However, if you are inclined to do so our friends at Superlite Block have provided the industry standard directions.
How can I prevent water damage on my masonry walls?It rains so little in Arizona that it seems our homes would be immune from water damage. But if you live in a home with stucco, brick or block walls, you know that’s not true. Get Rosie's tips on preventing efflorescence.
What do I need to consider when choosing brick for my home?When you’re selecting brick for the face of your home, judge it by more than its beauty. See our five suggestions for selecting brick veneer.
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The Integra Wall SystemThe patented insulation method is one of three distinguishing differences in the Integra Wall system over standard 8x8x16 masonry wall construction. View some of the pictures Romey took at his house when he had it insulated in our See How it's Done section of the website.
Regular Saturday morning listeners know the Cajun Carpenters love building with masonry materials, be it C.M.U.'s, slump block, burnt red brick, adobe or anything else made from the earth's dirt materials. If you're not a regular listener, just listen to a few of the conversations they've had on air. If you were not a believer in masonry before, you will be just as block headed about masonry as Rosie & Romey are after listening to these audio archives.
The Integra Wall System (special compilation of show archives) Rosie & Romey talking about the benefits of the Integra Wall System followed up by a testimonial from Susan, a call-in listeners who lives in an Integra home.
Jay (3:03 into segment) of Superlite Block interviewed by Rosie & Romey at the Masonry Makes a Village competition on the history of Superlite Block, the event competition and a carrier in masonry construction October 15, 2008 Archive Page
Desert people were building "green" centuries agoBefore anyone ever heard of air conditioning, before the railroads let us import materials from far away, and before we figured out that sealing a house up tight and venting it mechanically could save us money on our electric bills, generations of Arizonians managed to live comfortably in their homes.
Arizona’s earliest denizens, from the ancient Hohokam Indians with their pit houses to the cliff-dwelling Sinagua Indians to the Anasazis and their pueblos, figured out how to use the materials they could dig up and carry themselves to build homes that would fend off the desert heat and endure the monsoon storms.
Centuries later, we still know how to do that, but so few of us bother.
Read the original green building wall system, masonry wall.
Every year masons from all over the state compete for the Fastest Trowel or Masonry Makes a Village titles, which challenge them in various areas of masonry skills, including speed, precision, creativity and teamwork. Often you can find Rosie and Romey broadcasting at the event in support of masonry and the quality of life a masonry home can bring you.
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