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Upgrade to Lavina propane and electric concrete grinders If you're doing anything with polishing, drilling or sawing concrete these days, you're likely already using water in your processes. Those hedging on not using wet processes are staring straight at a mandate from OSHA that requires contractors to reduce the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica.

Lead Generation SaaS: A new method to find customers

Lead Generation SaaS: A new method to find customersFinding potential customers and successfully reaching them is a long and difficult process for most companies. Marketing actions businesses can take to create and build interest in a product or service make up lead-generation strategies.

Mathieu Picard
Oct 9, 2017
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Follow the Duck and You'll Find Lunch

French kindergarten features concrete paths with wayfinding paw printsAs part of a public kindergarten renovation project in Villemomble, France, the town approached Eqiom Bétons to present samples of finishing possibilities for the Joseph Gallieni School’s outside pathways. And, in the end, the project turned out just ducky.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 10, 2017
Concrete Coating Products Continue to Evolve

Concrete Coating Products Continue to EvolveFirst came the revolution. The decorative concrete wave swept the concrete construction trade not so long ago, churning up myriad visual concepts and the materials that made them happen. As the wave receded, decorative concrete concepts, methods and materials entered an evolutionary phase.

Joe Maty
Oct 23, 2017
Xtra-Flex Concrete Forms by Metal Forms Corp.

Xtra-Flex bendable concrete forming materialPeople who work with concrete know that creative forming is essential for a high-quality finished product. It can sometimes be the most arduous part of concrete work, especially when curves and circles are involved.

Jan 11, 2007
Polyurea Floor Coatings: Quick, Tough and Beautiful

Motorcycle sits upon a polyurea coated floor in a showroom.Tough, quick to set, and low in solvents, polyureas require only one coat and get the job done fast.

Loretta Hall
Nov 5, 2005
Charlotte Concrete: 5church

Not so soft concrete seating benches in 5church a restaurant in Charlotte.Inside, decorative concrete that resembles Venetian plaster is troweled on some walls while molded log tiles made out of glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) cover others. Huge columns shaped to look like intricately crafted wooden chair legs were designed with a CAD program, fashioned out of foam and chicken wire, and covered with troweled-on white concrete

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Feb 27, 2013
Concrete Ribbons Beautify Courtyard

Concrete ribbons, benches made of twisted concrete

Gail Elber
Memphis Botanic Garden Memphis, Tenn.

The project originally given Kevin Baltz, president of Memphis, Tenn., company Baltz & Sons Concrete Services, was a lot simpler than the one he ended up with. “I was first approached to do some hardscape and subbase for a network of brick or paver stone terraces,” he recalls. “The connecting walkways were going to be asphalt.” He can’t hide the disdain in his voice when he makes that last statement.

Aug 9, 2011
Tips for Using Water Reducers in Concrete Work

Others agree that for stamped concrete, water reducers improve workability, finishability and strength. But the mix design needs to fit the jobContractors working in decorative concrete can often benefit from the use of water reducers. Here’s a look at two types of decorative concrete work and how water reducers can make the job easier and improve the finished product.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Dec 20, 2004
Layering Color with Acid Stains on Concrete

Rule of thumb that says lighter acid stain colors first, darker colors on top. If you do it the other way around, chances are the darker color will swallow up the lighter one.There are as many techniques for layering stains as there are concrete artisans. Here are tips from some of the best in the trade.

May 11, 2005
Quick Imprint Liners: Reusable Form Liners for Many Concrete Applications

The reusable concrete form liner seen here can be used for a variety of applications, tilt-up, down cast and even vertical precast pours.Quick-Imprint creates a reusable form liners — for tilt-up, downcast, and vertical precast pours — enabling an imprint finish on both sides of the walls.

Jun 29, 2004
Decorative Concrete Fort Worth: A Sound Choice

Decorative concrete use in Dallas Performance Hall

Vanessa Salvia
Precast Concrete Countertops: Forms, Mixes, Tools and Finishes

Precast concrete countertop with a hole for a sink and faucet.Concrete countertop production falls into two general categories: cast-in-place and precast countertops. Here we will explore various techniques used in precasting concrete countertops.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Oct 6, 2004
Digital-Age Synergy: Polished concrete clicks in California's high-tech mecca

Concrete floor that looks like railroad timbersWhat might computer users learn when they google the terms “google” and “polished concrete?”

Joe Maty
Jan 5, 2015
How to Build Concrete Fire Pits Safely

Concrete fire pit displays in front of a smooth as glass swimming pool during a sunset.As a contractor with extensive experience with all types of outdoor fire features, and as an expert witness in situations where something’s gone terribly wrong, I’d like to share some of the basic guidelines I use to maximize both safety and enjoyment of buidling concrete fire pits.

Scott Cohen
Oct 1, 2014
Terrazzo Finds a New Home as Kitchen Countertops

This infinite edge precast terrazzo countertop is stunning in this modern kitchenOn the heels of the concrete countertop trend, terrazzo is making its way into the kitchen. Steve Jarred, a field representative for Mason Supply Co. in Eugene, Ore., says one of the most popular applications for terrazzo in the Pacific Northwest right now is for countertops.

Photo courtesy of TerrazzoCo

Jul 2, 2004
Presenting to Architects? How to Get Their Attention ... and Keep It

A successful presentation requires more than just showing up with lunch and a slide show. A successful presentation requires knowing your audience, offering them value, preparation, passion, focus, visual aids and follow-up.A successful presentation requires more than just showing up with lunch and a slide show. A successful presentation requires knowing your audience, offering them value, preparation, passion, focus, visual aids and follow-up.

Karen Van Heukelem
May 1, 2014
Stained Concrete Floors in a Huntington Beach "Warehouse"

What goes around comes around stenciled stained concrete floor sayingConcrete artisan Shellie Rigsby use decorative concrete for artistic expression. So when installing a decorative concrete floor at a youth center she envited the young people there to put their own stamp on the place.

John Strieder
Jan 19, 2007
Choices in Fiber Reinforcement

You won't find this kind of fiber in bran muffins — learn about the fiber additives that strengthen concrete.

Loretta Hall
Refreshing Pool Decks

When offered the chance to help customers relax with cool pool designs, these veteran design crews dove right in.

Emily Dixon
May 31, 2009
The White Stuff - White Portland Cement

Portland Cement Association, white portland cement has essentially the same properties as gray cement, except for when it comes to color.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Aug 11, 2008