Making the Right Bid on a Project

Bidding too low, or thinking you can get by with making shortcuts will get you into trouble FAST. For example, reinforced block masonry.  Let’s say the plans say to grout everything solid below grade, and you skip it.  Guess what? That house or project will settle and you’ll get caught and you’ll get sued and put out of business. And that’s the best scenario. If someone was hurt because of it, you could go to jail.

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When you bid a job, you had better put in your bid what you exclude doing, otherwise you can go out of business on your first job.  It happens all the time, even with ole pros.

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Know how to bid. Do not do anything too cheap. Get half your money up front, or when the material is placed on the job—-YOU MUST KNOW HOW TO WRITE THE CONTRACT—YOU WRITE IT———–IF THE OWNER OR GENERAL WRITE IT, you better have your exclusions wrote into their contract.

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How to become a bricklayer in the United States?

This is the the most common question I get asked by anyone who wants to become a bricklayer, block layer, or stone mason. To give the bottom-line, straight-no-BS answer, there are only 3 ways you can get into this Great Trade.

1. Contact a Bricklayers Union in your area if you can find one. Ask if they have a training, apprenticeship program. Then ask what their qualifications are to be accepted. If you can find the above, it will be a 3 or 4 year apprenticeship, and you start at 50% of Journeyman/Master Mason scale.

Now, do not be discouraged when you find out that it is easier to become an Astronaut than to become a Union Bricklayer. The reason I say do not give up, is because the Union Bricklayers lay less than 3% of the brick, block, and stone that is laid in the United States of America.


In order to be accepted as a Journeyman/ Master Mason in any Union, and receive Top Scale on a Union Project, (remember Union Members do less than 3% of the projects in the USA) all you have to know is how to lay brick, block, and stone.

Now I know you are thinking: WHICH COMES FIRST, THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG? Please bear with me, as I am about to tell you the SECRET.

2. Find a Union, or Non Union Contractor who will train you on the job. Sorry to say, this is a more difficult route than going with #1 above. The reason is simple. The Bricklaying/ Masonry Trade is the only trade that I can think of where it is next to impossible to learn as a helper, or apprentice. Let me give you some examples. You can go to work as a carpenter, plumber, electrician, roofer, sheet rocker, you-name-it (AS A HELPER) and you are pretty much guaranteed to learn the trade within 6 months. You can actually learn those trades by being an apprentice or helper. NOT TRUE WITH A BRICKLAYER. You can be the best mason helper/Hod Carrier in the world, and in 20 years, you will still not be able to lay a brick. It has been this way for thousands of years.

3. Go to, and either take the Home Study hands-on training course in the comfort of your own home, or call me at [link_obfuscate_telephone tel=”602-692-1896″]

and I will train you personally for 80% less than it will cost you to go to a Culinary trade school. I can also set you up to be a Contractor.

Once trained to be a professional bricklayer, your job will never be outsourced. They still can’t build a brick or block building in China and ship it to the USA, and they aren’t likely to.

Once you learn it, you are done! No more schooling required. They have been laying brick the same way for thousands of years, unlike the auto, or computer industry, to name two jobs that require constant schooling just to keep up with the demands of technology.


How To Become A Bricklayer

The Master Mason Course will turn you in to a brick and block laying machine. It will give you the skills and ability to work anywhere in the world. You will be in demand, and Earn a High Hourly Rate of Pay anywhere you choose to live and work. The Master Mason Course, when YOU are certified, comes with a MONEY BACK GUARANTEED JOB, and is available as a download for PC or Mac, or on a DVD set – it has been perfected through years of experience and used to train thousands around the World.


Follow the instructions on the easy-to-follow lesson plans. Practice each part of the Questionscourse until it flows easily and it looks just like I do it on the DVD. It is extremely important not to jump around! Stick to the lesson plans and you’ll be a success.


QUESTION: How can I learn to lay brick, by watching someone do it on a DVD?


ANSWER: This is a hands-on, home study course. You watch a lesson, then practice doing that lesson until you master it. Then you go to the next lesson, watch it, then practice that lesson until you master it. It works.


QUESTION: How long will it take me to finish this hands-on home study course?


ANSWER: We have certified many people in less than thirty (30) days. You move at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home or surroundings.


QUESTION: How big a space do I need to take this hands-on home study course?


ANSWER: You need an area 5′-0″ (five feet) X 5′-0″ (feet) minimum. I have had students take the course in their basement, garage, carport, back yard, or in a spare room in their house or apartment.


QUESTION: Do you certify everyone who takes the Master Mason Course?


ANSWER: No! A large number of people who take the Master Mason Course do not wish to work for others. They want to be contractors themselves. I have created a separate website to cater to these individuals. I have had many students create planter boxes, repair chimneys, brick in mailboxes, build barbecue pits and fences with only 3 days of hands-on training (see some of our testimonials!). You don’t have to be a Certified Master Mason in order to be the boss of your own contracting company: BE THE BOSS. All you need to know is the basics, have a little business sense, and hire good, certified masons.


QUESTION: When I meet the requirements to become certified, how do you come test me?


ANSWER: Sometimes we send an affiliate to test you, sometimes we send you down to the local job site, certificate in hand. The certification states what you are able to do, and when you present it to the hiring personnel, they will give you a job. If you cannot do what the certificate states you can do, you may well be terminated. But that part is up to you. Practice, practice, practice. Bricklaying is like riding a bike: you either do it often or you’ll never do it at all!


You will learn the proper way to hold a trowel in your hand.


You will learn how to properly spread mud, (mortar) for brick, then block (this is for the bed joint, or the horizontal joints on a brick wall.)


You will learn how to place full head joints on brick, and block (these are the joints that go up and down on a brick wall.)


You will learn how to lay brick, then block to the line


You will learn how to joint (finish) tool your brick and block Wall.


You will learn how to build brick, and block corners with a 4′-0″ level.

Why Be The Boss?

Anyone that we train or meet my qualifications to be certified by, we can also train to be a contractor.


1. Number one reason I believe is the GUARANTEE. Simply said, in 6 months or 20 years if you decide you do not want to do it anymore, we will buy back everything we sold you for your contracting business, all tools and equipment. See if you can find a better deal anywhere else!

2. We have leasing companies that will finance A,B,C,and D Credit applicants (because of our guarantee). Our backing ensures that you will get financed.

3. You also will get trained by me. I will show you how to use everything we sell you efficiently and safely. SPECIAL NOTE: this is not a 3-day how-to-put-a-curb-in-someone’s-backyard training plan. If you qualify and are Certified by us, you will be here for 1 week to several months plus, depending on if you want to contract to build mailboxes, repair chimneys, do repair work, or build sky scrapers.