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Chemical Surfactants Can Cut Steps in Concrete Polishing

Chemical surfactants such as Prosoco's Consolideck First Cut and KickStart Clarity Enhancer from Curecrete Distribution's Retroplate System can boost productivity and improve results in the early grind stages of concrete polishing projects.Chemical surfactants such as Prosoco’s Consolideck First Cut and KickStart Clarity Enhancer from Curecrete Distribution’s Retroplate System can boost productivity and improve results in the early grind stages of concrete polishing projects.

David Searls
Aug 16, 2018
Countertop Pioneers Pushing the Boundaries of Kitchen Design

Concrete countertop in a kitchen with bananas on top.Concrete is starting to move toward commercial. We’ve been seeing a huge jump in commercial applications, as far as bars, nightclubs and restaurants being able to appreciate the product. And Reaching Quiet is capitalizing on this trend.

Robert S. Johnson
Aug 8, 2008
A River Colored with Water-based Stain Created on Museum Floor

 these photos of a river he carved through an acid-stained floor using two brands of water-based stain from NewLook International.Dan McCormick of Eagle View Custom Creations, Fort Harrison, Mont., submitted these photos of a river he carved through an acid-stained floor using two brands of water-based stain from NewLook International. He put down the river at ExplorationWorks, an interactive science and culture museum in Helena, Mont.

Editors
Apr 11, 2011
The Secrets of Concrete Countertops

Large kitchen island with a green concrete countertop.Like the structural character of a concrete foundation, concrete countertops are structured as well but with a whole lot more sex-appeal.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Feb 2, 2002
Vinegar Facility Requires Durable, Resistant Concrete Floor

Coating on the floor at a vinegar facilityA vinegar-producing company needed a heat- and chemical-resistant floor for their busy production facility. TNT Resurfacing partnered with Azevedo Concrete to install Westcoat’s premier urethane cement system,Temper-Crete, throughout the 1,450-square-foot processing area.

Editors
Dec 29, 2014
Must Haves in Concrete Stamps and Texture Mats

Concrete Texture mats and Concrete Stamping tools, a compass rose concrete stamp from Increte.Meet a few of the newest in texture mats and stamping tools for concrete.

Editors
Jan 7, 2010
Backyard Amenity Features Concrete Dock

Decked OutAt first glance, the dock looks like it’s floating just above the water. “It turned out exactly how I wanted it,” says Reuben Keim, co-owner of Keim Concrete in Wooster, Ohio, about his concrete platform. The pier and dock, which sit about a foot above the surface of a 2-acre pond in Keim’s backyard, was fashioned with Proline form liners.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 2, 2017
Take Another Look at Form Liners for Concrete

Form liners are essentially molds for giving texture and design to vertical concrete surfaces.As an old technology finds new applications, walls take on shape and texture.

Amy Johnson
Apr 28, 2006
Communicating Standards Through Industry Specifications

Writing on parchment with two pencils and an eraser.Too often we take the written word as gospel, but is that truly smart? Do we know what, or who, stands behind the words we read? After all,  paper will not refuse ink. Our industry is growing, and as the industry grows, so do the misrepresentations and misunderstandings.

Peter Wagner, CSI
May 7, 2008
Dirty Job's Mike Rowe on a Decorative Concrete Job Site for a Day

Mike Row and Richard Smith pose for the camera after a dirty job spreading concrete color hardener.When Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs show called Richard Smith Custom Concrete about sending host Mike Rowe out to a decorative concrete job site for a day, Rick Smith rubbed his hands with glee, thinking to himself, "We're gonna get this guy filthy!"

Editors
Aug 1, 2006
A Breakdown of the Polished Concrete Industry and Where It Is Going

Running a polishing machine on some dyed concrete.Polished concrete has a large learning curve. It is important to know what you are up against and how different techniques can result in different outcomes. This article is a great place to start when learning your craft.

Peter Wagner, CSI
Nov 9, 2007
Awesome Acrylic Stains for Concrete

It's imperative that an applicator knows the ins and outs of the surface that will be stained. Understanding the porosity of the concrete is a good place to begin. The more porous the surface, the deeper the stain will penetrateAcrylic stains are finding new uses among decorative concrete artisans, both on their own and as companions to acids.

John Chandler
Dec 18, 2004
Residential Concrete Project Mimics River Water and Starlight

bright blue colored concrete that mimics a river with brown banksMark Womack of Monster Constructors in Fort Worth, Texas, inadvertently became something of an expert when two back-to-back clients asked him for concrete work that included fiber optic lights.

Editors
Aug 4, 2014
Cracking the Case of Cracks in Overlays and Toppings

Ideas for how to repair cracking overlays that are replicating the cracks from the concrete below.Ideas for what to do — or not to do — with cracks in overlays.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Oct 10, 2005
Shotcrete Design Tips: Getting it Right

There are a number of principles that come into play when designing a landscape, including proportion, unity, balance and rhythm. These principles should also be considered when incorporating faux rock into a landscape setting.There are a number of principles that come into play when designing a landscape, including proportion, unity, balance and rhythm. These principles should also be considered when incorporating faux rock into a landscape setting.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Apr 21, 2006
Eye-catching Concrete Countertop Projects -- The Trout Sink

A trout was carved and colored in this sink by JM Lifestyles.When J&M Lifestyles LLC was contacted to create a hunting-lodge theme in a New Jersey home, product manager Jeff Kudrick figured the creative possibilities were endless.

The trout sink in one project of the bathrooms that leaves the biggest impression.

Editors
Aug 8, 2008
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