Monday, January 23, 2017

HearthMasters to Open a Masonry School June 2017

Press Release 

HearthMasters is opening a masonry training school in Independence, Missouri in June in answer to requests for masonry skills courses in the Midwest region. Gene Padgitt, an award-winning master mason, will be heading up the workshops.

Kansas City, Missouri January 23, 2017

The first course offering is Introduction to Masonry. This hands—on workshop is geared towards chimney professionals who want to learn how to do basic masonry repairs that are commonly needed when doing chimney relining, minor masonry repair, and repairing or rebuilding a firebox, however, anyone wanting to learn basic masonry is welcome to attend.

Participants will attend classroom courses and get hands-on experience learning how to grind and point brick masonry joints, how to repair a firebox, how to build cement caps/crowns, how to cut out and replace a section of bricks to access a smoke chamber, how to repair a smoke chamber, and rebuild several courses of brick on an exterior chimney. We will also discuss block and stone chimneys, stucco application, and other forms of masonry fireplace restoration using pre-cast kits.

A certificate of completion will be issued to participants who successfully complete the course. A maximum of 10 attendees will be accepted. The cost is $800 per person and includes all lunches, handouts, and a film of the project after it is completed. CEUs for CSIA, NFI, and MHA will be applied for.

Gene Padgitt has 34 years of industry experience. He is a State Certified Private Fire Investigator, CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, NFI Certified Gas Specialist, Licensed Mechanical Contractor, and holds a degree in HVACR Technology. Padgitt has been an instructor for 20 years and he and his wife, Marge, author of The Chimney and Hearth Pro’s Resource Book, decided to open a training center in answer to requests from industry professionals. HearthMasters will offer more classes in the future.

Future classes will include Brick Oven Building, Masonry Heater Construction, business building, marketing, and technical training.

For more information visit or call 816-461-3665.

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