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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.

Remediating Moisture in Concrete Doesn't have to be Complicated

Water Problem?Moisture problems in concrete slabs old and new can play havoc with decorative concrete projects and other flooring strata in several ways, including bubbling, blistering and blushing of color. It’s commonly an interior problem because breathable products that reduce the threat are more commonly used in exterior applications.

David Searls
Jul 31, 2017
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Concrete Flooring Restoration Highlights Sanctuary's Conversion

The First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis, University City, MissouriBuilt in Missouri in 1927, the First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis’ sanctuary was recently renovated to modernize its look and feel, while preserving its historic Gothic style. Improvements to the sanctuary’s floor, specifically two rectangular sections under the pews, were vital to this upgrade. 

Erik Pisor
Jul 24, 2017
Why Metallic Floors Continue to be Popular

Why Metallic Floors Continue to be PopularAs metallic coatings grow in popularity, the competition is heating up. Bear in mind that the key to a mesmerizing metallic floor is the artist behind it.

Jon Kopp
Jul 24, 2017
Concrete Countertops: When Are They the Right Choice for your Customer?

Concrete is making a permanent place for itself as a material of choice for countertops across the country.Concrete countertops are more than a trend. As more and more homeowners and designers specify concrete countertops in new homes and in remodeling projects, concrete is making a permanent place for itself as a material of choice for countertops across the country.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Nov 6, 2003
Decorative Concrete Tips: The Inside Scoop on Concrete Countertops

Kitchen concrete countertop creates a unique look around a stoveConcrete countertop tips and tricks shared with you from the experts.

Editors
Oct 13, 2003
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
Quick Release Block Forms for Creating Concrete Landscape Blocks

Creating large landscape blocks has never been easier, create V-Interlock, Landscape, Mid-size landscape and knob style blocks is easier with the quick release tool.Quick Release Block Forms for creating large landscape concrete blocks are available in a variety of sizes. Liners can create various rock and stone patterns and last for a minimum of 100+ uses under normal conditions

Editors
Oct 8, 2001
Manufacturer Profile: Rafco Products, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Laying down ornate stencils on a concrete surfaceIn 1971, Robert Freis was working as a buyer for a California building supply company when a customer asked to buy a set of aluminum stamps for a concrete design application.

Bruce Hackett
Aug 8, 2004
Gore Design Co. Countertop and Sink Molds

Brand Gore modular sink mold When asked how Gore Design Co.'s two (and soon to be three) integral sink molds set themselves apart in the marketplace, Gore Design principal Brandon J. Gore says it's a matter of timeliness.

Editors
Jan 23, 2006
Examples of Snowmelt Concrete Applications

Concrete helipad with a snowmelt system installedHere are a list of places where radiant heat and snowmelt systems can be most effective.

Editors
Oct 2, 2003
Forging A Bond: An Overview of Bonding Agents in Decorative Concrete

Applying a bonding agent to concrete.

Bonding agents are a widely debated family of products. Some concrete contractors will tell you they have a favorite bonding agent, one that they use almost exclusively. Others say they evaluate every job and develop a unique solution, drawing from a wide range of products. And there are some contractors who swear by the oldest bonding agent of them all, simply using a mixture of portland cement and water.

Jennifer G. Prokopy
Nov 7, 2003
Manufacturer Profile: L. M. Scofield Co.

LM Scofield produces specialized decorative concrete products as seen here a fern leaf imprint in concrete.The recognition of the name L. M. Scofield comes from more than 85 years in the industry, creating high standards for products that form a virtually unlimited menu for coloring and texturing concrete.

Editors
Jun 1, 2001
Why Search Engine Algorithms Change and How to Capitalize on the Changes

How Google paved the way for UX-based algorithm changes.In the early days of social media marketing, you could post virtually any piece of content and, realistically, expect to see engagement from about 15 to 20 percent of your followers, fans or friends — depending on the day and just how many were online at that time. 

Stephan Reed
Aug 4, 2017
Uline Distribution Center, Coppell, Texas

D&B Industrial Floor Coatings Inc. is a company that knows a thing or two about retail and commercial floor systems, having polished and sealed floors for some of the largest retail companies in the United States. Three- or four-man crews have the process down almost to a science, capable of delivering projects in a four- to five-week time frame that exceed 500,000 square feet.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Nov 9, 2011
Materials Made for Concrete Color Restoration

Concrete Coloring material for driveway before and after.Just about any coloring material or tool can potentially be useful on a restoration job. However, some manufacturers have targeted this growing niche with specially marketed materials. Here are a few of those products, with some descriptions from their suppliers.

Joe Maty
Aug 2, 2013
Tips and Techniques for Stamping Concrete Overlays

Stamped overlays are a versatile solution for many flooring needs. Experts share their tips for success.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Jan 6, 2004
Decorative Concrete Tips: Need a Tool? Make it yourself!

A six-inch edger was transformed into a customized chamfer tool to provide a clean, straight and more consistent finish on the top edge of retaining walls and precast wall panels.It happens often: A concrete contractor is faced with a project that requires adaptations to an existing form or tool to shape the concrete during that critical hour before it turns hard.

Editors
Aug 1, 2005
Modern Mosaic Artwork Livens San Diego's Landscape

“It was back-breaking work,” says the owner of Brailsford Public Art in San Diego about placing colored aggregate piece by piece into wet concrete on a job site. She was working with Shaw & Sons’ Lithocrete system which incorporates a means to create a scattered aggregate pattern on a concrete surface.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Overlaying Microtoppings on Concrete Floors

It's fun to say but hard to do. Here's when and how to accomplish this feat with the least risk to you or your customer.

Editors
Cement, Aggregate and Reinforcement in Concrete Countertops

Countertop concrete is not your grandfather’s concrete. It requires new approaches to the basic elements of mix design and reinforcement. This in-depth look takes you inside the bag.

Amy Johnson
Sep 17, 2008
Concrete Sealers, Curing Water-based Sealers

What your sealer shouldn't look like and how to fix it.

Richard Smith
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