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Wine Caves Built with Bridge System

In the heart of northern Michigan wine country near Traverse City, Mari Vineyards opened for business in May 2016.In the heart of northern Michigan wine country near Traverse City, Mari Vineyards opened for business in May 2016. The 31,000-square-foot facility was equipped with the usual amenities of a first-rate winery as well as an extensive underground barrel-aging area that has the qualities of a cave.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 16, 2018
Former Preschool Teacher Now Masters the Trowel

Carved concrete by Cindee LundinAbout 25 years ago, Cindee Lundin took a leave of absence from her job as a preschool teacher and enrolled at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota to work on her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She already had two associate degrees — one in art and the other in child development — but state laws were changing back then and she needed a more advanced degree to continue to teach in public schools.

Vanessa Salvia and Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 16, 2018
How to Use Sponges to Color Concrete

Applying an overlay to concrete with a rollerI’m not a fan of overlays unless they’re necessary, I continually compete against knockdown finish companies that prefer them. Most of my competition uses overlays on pool decks and patios no matter what. This gives me a unique spin to compete against them.

Rick Lobdell
Oct 16, 2018
The Pros and Cons of Taking On Military Concrete Polishing Projects

AAFES (Army & Air Force Exchange Service) showcases polished concrete projects in many of its stores up to 150,000 square feet.

As a polishing consultant I get to wear several different hats, but by far the largest amount of my time is spent managing polished concrete programs for retailers. Polished concrete is an aesthetically beautiful and valuable flooring solution, but it is fairly specialized.

David Stephenson
Feb 27, 2013
Brilliant New Concrete Color from QC Construction Products

QC Cemtint can be used on concrete, brick, plaster, porous limestone, Mexican tile and gypsum products.Here’s a design truth retailers understand: before customers make the decision to purchase, they make the decision to enter the store. This showroom floor has proven irresistible to shoppers, with show-stopping color from QC Construction Products.

Editors
Apr 1, 2002
Metallic Tips From Troy Lemon

Metallic epoxy flooring tips from a proWhen it comes to working with metallics, there few ways you can make the job a better experience. And getting advice from of of the best is a step up.

Troy Lemon
Apr 5, 2015
An Arizona High School Teaches Concrete Skills

Polished concrete in a high school space that has purple walls and lime green accents.A high school teaching students the finer points of polishing? Compass High School has added pouring, finishing and polishing concrete to its vocational programming.

Chris Mayo
Sep 4, 2012
A Peelable Concrete Stain Block

A product that stops the migration of stain and moisture in concrete.LesCoat is a concrete stain block with a surprise ending — it’s peelable.

Editors
Sep 8, 2006
Strong Visuals Add Extra Jolt to Espresso Bar

At the Robusta Espresso Bar in Manhattan's financial district, the dynamism of the high-voltage, high-visibility counter design concept is no caffeine-induced illusion.At the Robusta Espresso Bar in Manhattan’s financial district, the dynamism of the high-voltage, high-visibility counter design concept is no caffeine-induced illusion.

Joe Maty
Jun 15, 2013
Pearl Abrasive Concrete Crack-Chaser Blade

Crack-Chaser Blade from Pearl Abrasive Company was designed for more efficient cleaning, routing and repairing of cracks in concrete.The Crack-Chaser Blade from Pearl Abrasive Company was designed for more efficient cleaning, routing and repairing of cracks in concrete. The diamond segments are sintered to the core in a V-shaped pattern, leaving a clean groove for filling.

Editors
Feb 5, 2001
Three Tips When Using Tape with Decorative Concrete Overlays

Tape marks left on an concrete overlay after coloring with concrete stain and how to removed the tape marks.After painstakingly laying out a grout pattern for your acrylic overlay, meticulously masking and re-masking surrounding areas, and then spraying or troweling in just the right color and texture scheme, you stand back and admire your handiwork, and the job looks great.

Brian Anderson and Cory Christensen
Oct 9, 2011
Marketing and Selling Concrete Countertops

Concrete countertops are countertops. They just happen to be made out of concrete.Concrete countertops are countertops. They just happen to be made out of concrete.

This should affect your marketing and selling techniques. If you understand how countertops are most commonly and most effectively marketed and sold, you will be much more successful at marketing and selling concrete countertops.

Lane Mangum
Apr 1, 2007
High-traffic Polished Concrete Floor at Dave & Buster's

Polished concrete flooring at Dave and BustersThe owner of Dallas’s Dave and Buster’s sports bar wanted the look of a contemporary football field for the floor. After the floor was polished to an 800 grit, Chris Post of Elite Concrete Solutions delivered that and more.

Vanessa Salvia
Aug 13, 2014
Case Studies Anchor a New Approach to Product Training

Almost all manufacturers of decorative concrete systems and equipment offer some sort of training on their products. Almost all manufacturers of decorative concrete systems and equipment offer some sort of training on their products. Whether it is a one-hour watch-and-learn or a three-day hands-on class that people pay to attend, these programs have become mainstream in our industry.

Chris Sullivan
Jun 5, 2012
Climbing Walls Made of Concrete

RiverPlay, Skinner's Butte Park - stone column replicas standing next to a play structure in Eugene Oregon.Skinner Butte Park's 45-foot-tall basalt columns have attracted rock climbers for decades. So when the city of Eugene, Ore., decided to build Riverplay, an innovative playground in another area of the park, a replica of the columns, sized just for kids, was part of the plan.

Editors
Jan 13, 2006
Compass Rose Medallion Table Top Mold from Proline Concrete Tools

Compass rose table by Proline.What if there was a way to take the leftover concrete from a job site and turn it into a moneymaker instead of throwing it away? Thanks to Proline Concrete Tools’ Compass Rose Medallion Table Top Mold, there is.

 

Editors
Oct 9, 2011
How Concrete Hardness Affects Diamond Life

Diamonds, part of an abrasive used to cut through the hardness of concreteHow long is a set of diamonds supposed to last? Or more to the point, what kind of square footage can I expect out of a set of diamonds?

Jennifer A. Faller
Sep 4, 2012
Concrete Overlay Options

Self-leveling products are the most difficult to repair, primarily because it is so hard to blend a repair in to the monolithic surface. Stampable and stencil-grade overlays can be patched back to a joint. And microtoppings and splatter/knock down overlays can be patched relatively easily.As you look at some of the more commonly used overlay products, you can get a better sense of what might work best for your project. Lee Tizard, vice president of Floric Polytech Inc., offers this snapshot look at some overlay options.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Feb 7, 2005
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