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Silicosis and Stonemasons

Silicosis and Stonemasons

After the death of stonemason Anthony White from silicosis, the disease has received much media attention, and finally this week, government action.  The Queensland Government has just announced a public register where: “all instances of pneumoconiosis, silicosis and...

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Bricklaying Skill Shortage Australia 2019

Bricklaying Skill Shortage Australia 2019

Did you know there is a skill shortage in bricklaying in Australia? According to the Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation  (ABBTF) 47% of bricklayers are over 40 24% of bricklayers are over 50 Apprentice numbers are only half the number that will be...

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Interesting Facts About Bricks

Interesting Facts About Bricks

As a bricklayer and stonemason, we are passionate about everything to do with brick and stone. Here are three interesting facts about bricks you may not have known. NOT ALL BRICKS ARE THE SAME Did you know there are different types of bricks? Most are made from a mix...

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Salt Damp, Salt Attack & Rising Damp

Salt Damp, Salt Attack & Rising Damp

One of our most requested services is repairing salt damaged walls and bathrooms. Salt attack and rising damp is an issue that is becoming more common as buildings get older and the soil becomes more saline. First, let’s clarify the terms. Salt attack and rising...

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What Does a Stonemason Do?

As the name suggests, a stonemason is a person who works with stone. “Stonemasons cut and shape hard and soft stone blocks and masonry slabs for the construction and renovation of stone structures and monumental masonry (stonework for cemeteries).” Stonemasonry is one...

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Ideas for Your Exposed Brick Wall

While brick walls are usually covered with plaster for added strength, durability, and beauty, some people like to just leave the bricks underneath exposed. After all, an exposed brick wall has a charm of its own. It makes a great wall accent, plus it adds a more...

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Repointing Explained

One of the challenges of owning a brick home is getting it back in good shape after the bricks have started showing signs of old age and wear and tear. Over time, the mortar in between the bricks will deteriorate and suffer from erosion, compromising the wall's...

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How To Become a Bricklayer

Are you thinking of joining the building and construction industry? If you are, you might want to consider becoming a bricklayer. Bricklayers are responsible for constructing and repairing a number of structures such as walls, arches, partitions, and foundations. They...

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What Is Underpinning?

Underpinning stone and concrete foundations is one of our most requested services. However, unless you are in the industry, underpinning is not a term most people are familiar with. As Brick and Stone professionals, we thought we’d write our first blog post about this...

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Looking For An Experienced Stonemason in Kadina & Yorke Peninsula?

J&W Pring can help with repointing, underpinning, restorations, repair work and new constructions.