Where Chicago Contractors Go to Buy Supplies &Materials

A lot of time and work go into the making of a business. Here’s what turned us into the premier source for Chicago construction supplies and masonry needs. The contractors go to Elston. Continue reading

6 Construction Facts to Win Friends & Influence Others With

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Concrete as a material and construction as a business go back quite a ways. You might say they’re old friends, even. We’ve got some fun concrete and construction facts for anyone who asks, any time. This stuff is our specialty. And it sounds like you’re asking. Continue reading

Brick Tongs: What They Are & How to Use Them Properly

Brick tongs are very important to construction and masonry work. One good tool can last you a very long time. Here we explain what you use them for, and how you can to use them. Continue reading

Water Repellents for Masonry: Different Uses, Different Materials

Water repellents are not actually necessary to set masonry, but we do use them and sell them. We find that some masons (and their clients) depend on these incorrectly. People like to think that they don’t need to maintain their brick and concrete work as much if it’s “protected” with water repellents. But this is not the case. Continue reading

Planning the Patio of Your Dreams

Concrete patios are trending right now. Whether you’re looking to install a brand-new patio or refurbish an old one, here’s a little inspiration to get you started.  Continue reading

What Is Masonry?

We provide thousands of tools, products, and materials for use in masonry. Whether you’re working with a general contractor or an architect, “masonry” may come into conversation. This can confuse the uninitiated. We decided to break down this trade and explain more about our work and the work of our clients, for anyone out there unfamiliar with or new to it. Continue reading

5 Decorative Concrete Projects to Inspire You (Or Just Dream About)

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When you’re constantly working with and supplying materials like concrete to general contractors, masons, and other clients, it’s exciting to see what decorative projects others are working on. Sure, we’ve got skin in the game here. We’ve got the concrete and the blocks. But who’s to deny us some possible inspiration? Continue reading

A 21st-Century Concrete Supply House

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Concrete is incredibly versatile and durable. It’s the most widely used man-made material in the world. Sure, we’re a concrete supply house, and we have a vested interest in supplying it. We wanted to explain some of the benefits and the role of concrete in 2017. Continue reading

How to Cut And Bend Rebar

Using rebar can be a vital part of any construction project, whether it be a huge building or a backyard remodel. Figuring out the best way to cut or bend rebar is just as important as laying it out, otherwise, you’ll be stuck with only one length and no way to change the direction.

Here’s How to Cut and Bend Rebar

Bolt Cutter Can Go A Long Way

Using a bolt cutter isn’t only for cutting locks and chains. This tool is very effective at cutting rebar as well and doesn’t require hulk-like strength to do so. This is good for situations when you have to trim the rebar to match a certain length or size.

Circular Saw Is the Go-To Machine

While a bolt cutter is good to use in a pinch, a circular saw is most people’s preferred choice. Using a diamond blade, a circular saw can cut through rebar much more efficiently and consistently, allowing for better cuts.

Using A Torch Is Another Option

While we you can most certainly melt the rebar using a plasma torch, we wouldn’t recommend it as your go-to method. Due to the fact that the torch melts the rebar instead of cuts it, the material is left uneven. Not only that, but it often takes longer and is less cost friendly, so only use it if you have to.

When In Doubt, Use Your Hands

As the final straw and no other options available, a manual saw can be used to cut the rebar. Make sure you’re using a good blade that isn’t dull. Regardless, this process will obviously be arduous work and require time and patience.

A Steel Pipe and Hickey Bar Makes Bending Easy

Using the rebar and inserting it into the slot of a hickey bar, you can use a steel pipe to bend the protruding part. This is a simple way to correct or change the direction in which you want the rebar to go.