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Saw by the CSDA Code

how to read code marks on saw bladesIf you’re new to sawing concrete, or if your business only requires you to do the work occasionally, you might want to acquaint yourself with the Blade Application Code for Diamond Saw Blades from the Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association based in St. Petersburg, Florida.

K. Schipper
Apr 19, 2018
Concrete Apartment Building Emphasizes 'Square Frame as a Whole'

S ituated in the Otowa district of Tokyo's Bunkyo ward, the Modelia Days apartment building is very close to the Gokokuji temple, which was established in the Edo era (1603-1868) as a place of prayer for members of the shogunate, a feudal regime of Japan.Situated in the Otowa district of Tokyo’s Bunkyo ward, the Modelia Days apartment building is very close to the Gokokuji temple, which was established in the Edo era (1603-1868) as a place of prayer for members of the shogunate, a feudal regime of Japan.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Apr 27, 2018
4 Tips for More Effective Portfolio Images on Your Website

PC showing recent work on the screen and hands on the keyboardLooks are just about everything when it comes to a decorative concrete company’s website, so make sure you have quality images that will help drum up business.

Brandon Farmer
Apr 17, 2018
A Metallic Epoxy Concrete Floor in a Michigan Art Gallery

Metallic Epoxy Concrete Floor

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Concrete to Dye For

Chemical or acid-based reactive stains color concrete by a very different mechanism. The acid catalyzes a chemical reaction with the lime in the concrete, creating a variegated, dappled effect. Pigments in the stain impart color. Colors of reactive stains are similar to colors that occur naturally in stone, so the palette is somewhat limited.Concrete dyes are tailor-made for color adjustment on staining jobs, and on their own, they offer an endless array of colors. So release your inner artist and give 'em a try!

Amy Johnson
Aug 25, 2006
Earth-Centered Projects Pavilion Links to Natural History

embedding fossils and other prehistoric artifacts in decorative strips in the wallsAt Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences in Santa Monica, California, learning sometimes takes the form of a hands-on experience. And there’s no more powerful example of this approach to education than the school’s special projects pavilion, part of the recently completed Science Education and Research Facility.

Joe Maty
Concrete is an Expansive Canvas at Acanthus Inc.

Shellie Rigsby Cordell staining an image on a concrete floor.Shellie Rigsby started by conquering acid stain. Now, the Texas-based artist is setting her sights even higher.

John Strieder
Jan 20, 2007
ACI's Spring 2018 Convention Slated for March 25-29 in Salt Lake City

ACI's Spring 2018 Convention Slated for March 25-29 in Salt Lake CityRegistration is open for the American Concrete Institute’s Spring 2018 Convention and Exposition March 25-29 at the Grand America and Little America hotels in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. This year’s theme is Concrete Elevated.

Editors
Feb 2, 2018
How Asbestos Abatement Affects Polished Concrete

Asbestos is very dangerous when found in tiles and glue on concrete and needs to be professionally abated.Asbestos is very dangerous when found in tiles and glue on concrete and needs to be professionally abated.

David Stephenson
May 26, 2017
5 Ways to Effectively Utilize Your Decorative Concrete Awards

Concrete awards laid out on table

Karen Keyes
Nov 1, 2015
ACI Names Winners of Annual Concrete Construction Awards

ACI names winners of annual concrete construction awardsThe winners of the American Concrete Institute’s 2017 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards were lauded during ACI’s convention in October in Anaheim, California.

Editors
Feb 12, 2018
How to Measure Social Media Success

How to Measure Social Media SuccessBy now, most companies have a presence on social media. Some have comprehensive strategies and believe that social media is effective for their business, while others are using social media simply because they think they should. They have no idea if it’s benefiting their organization.

Lindsey Congeni
Sep 1, 2017
Preventative Concrete Coatings Contractors Can Use to Avoid Graffiti

If graffiti will be a common threat to a decorative wall, a special anti-graffiti sealer will protect the work, both from spray paint and from the removers that dissolve it.Protective coatings may not deter graffiti artists, but they’ll make cleanup a lot easier.

John Strieder
May 4, 2005
Tips from Concrete Contractors who Embrace Customer Service

Emoji for smiling to frowning red, yellow, green, representing customer service. from https://www.keeping.com/customer-service/excellent-customer-service/Contractors share customer-service tips that help make their businesses successful.

Wendy Ardolino
Jun 2, 2006
Concrete Countertop Company Offers Valuable, Intensive Training

Intensive countertop training is second to none in the countertop market.>Countertops were the name of the game at a recent workshop sponsored by the Institute for American Craftsmanship in Eugene, Oregon. Offering its participants valuable experience in making precast and cast-in-place countertops, decorative concrete tiles and even concrete stools.

Rosemary Camozzi
Oct 14, 2004
Create Unique Designs by Seeding Concrete Floors

Place decorative aggregate by hand instead of mixing it in, and beauty is just a stone's throw away.Place decorative aggregate by hand instead of mixing it in, and beauty is just a stone’s throw away.

Sue Marquette Poremba
Apr 9, 2010
When the Customer Wants That "Special" Gray

Our task had been to art-direct the placement of a new natural gray topping slab, and to subsequently patina it to simulate some 20 years of hard use. In other words, we were turning it from gray to “that special gray.”

Michael Miller
Jul 9, 2011
Indoor and Outdoor Radiant Heating for Concrete

Radiant heat elements for a concrete slab to help with snowmelt.Snowmelt technology is, essentially, radiant heat applied to outdoor surfaces. There are few differences between the two heating techniques, and both can be used to heat low- or high-mass concrete surfaces to melt ice and snow, keeping surfaces safe and clear of icy accumulations.

John Vastyan
Aug 9, 2004
Concrete Artisan Reflects on Series Focused On Design Elements

This represents the last column in my design-focused series, “The Elements of Style for Contractors.” Before I bid you all good-bye, I’ll summarize the main points. Concrete Decor posts complete archives of past issues, so you can check out the topics of the previous 10 articles. The series kicked off in January 2015 when I described the five composition ‘tools’ concrete artisans should have in their tool kits — Line, Shape, Value, Color and Texture.

Gaye Goodman
Tips for Polishing Preexisting Concrete Floors Profitably

If I were a contractor I would take “preexisting” projects over new projects every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

David Padgett
Dec 19, 2012
Concrete Streetscapes in Carmel Improve Safety

In 2011, the city of Carmel, Indiana, revamped its major roadway, the Keystone Parkway, as part of a multiphase project to lower the grade under six major intersections. This created new interchanges and no traffic lights for north-south traffic over a five-mile stretch, while six new roundabouts managed east-west traffic.

Vanessa Salvia
Aug 6, 2015
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