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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
Stained Concrete Floors with a Sacred Meaning

Bright yellow flower with a red center on a concrete surface using concrete stains.Architects and designers working on the construction of the new Potawatomi Executive Building developed an elaborate stained-concrete floral pattern for the rotunda floor.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Aug 9, 2006
The Illuminator Creates the Magic For Fiber Optics in Concrete

The illuminator is a sort of "magic box" that performs several functions in a fiber-optic concrete installation. The illuminator is a sort of "magic box" that performs several functions in a fiber-optic concrete installation. First, it is the place where the light source illuminates the fibers. Second, it is the matrix that holds the fibers in place in the order required to create a desired effect. Third, it houses the equipment that controls the color, brightness and sequence of the lights.

Amy Johnson
Jan 6, 2010
High-performance Concrete - New Systems For Concrete Countertops

Restoring color in previously installed concreteBag mixes for countertops share some characteristics: They are designed to minimize cracking and shrinking, they are strong enough to be poured in thinner slabs and they are optimized for workability.

Amy Johnson
Aug 8, 2008
Getting the Most Out of Decorative Concrete Educational Opportunities

Group of people learning from Fu-Tung Cheng in a training course.The cold truth is that our industry has seen its share of truly talented decorative concrete individuals fail, and it’s not because they weren’t good at their craft. Today’s artisans must be more than talented — they must be capable of overlaying talent with an entrepreneurial spirit. That's where training and education comes in.

Doug Carlton
Dec 31, 2011
Contractors Show Their Creative Uses with Shotcrete

The final outcome of a shotcrete project in Boatswain's Beach Lagoon.While swimming pools and road construction projects have been the mainstay of many contractors in the shotcrete industry, a number of shotcrete artists are taking the concrete medium to new levels of creativity and usefulness.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Sep 8, 2007
Introducing Rare Earth Labs, Inc.

Hand Engraved concrete stones were individually stained with Rare Earth colors.Making concentrated concrete stains in Arkansas, with these stains water makes them better.

Bob Graham
Feb 8, 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
A Cementitious Dry Wall Mix by Flex-C-Ment

Cementitious dry mix for vertical carving of concrete or a concrete coating wall system by Flex-C-Ment.Flex-C-Ment Wall Mix is a cementitious dry mix designed specifically for deep wall textures, creating the appearance of various stone and brick patterns. It can be applied up to 2"-3" thick without sagging.

Harlan Baldridge
Jun 1, 2003
Tips on Coloring Polished Concrete

Test slab of concrete with different dyes..Learn about the four ways to add color to slabs that are intended for polishing: Integral Color, Dry Shake Hardener, Acid Stain and Dyes

Editors
Nov 8, 2007
Settling on a Design For Your Job Ahead of Time

Coming up with a design idea.You don’t need me to tell you how tough today’s market is for contractors, and few will disagree that the ball is in our customers’ court. Razor-thin margins allow no room for error in one of the many things we used to pay little attention to.

Doug Carlton
Jan 7, 2011
University Facility Gets High Marks Thanks to Innovative Flooring Solution

Urbanest is student accommodation with a difference, where everything is top of the class; is distinctive, interactive and extremely functional. The renowned student hub was founded in 2008 and has expanded to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.Urbanest is student accommodation with a difference, where everything is top of the class; is distinctive, interactive and extremely functional. The renowned student hub was founded in 2008 and has expanded to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Editors
Nov 9, 2015
L. M. Scofield 2011 Decorative Concrete Award Winners

Museum of Discovery & Science in Florida.Decorative concrete product manufacturer L. M. Scofield Co. has announced the winners of its Fourth Annual Decorative Concrete Awards contest. This contest was open to any contractor, architect or designer who uses or specifies Scofield Systems.

Editors
Apr 19, 2012
Crowning the Top Brawler at the Concrete Decor Show

decorative concrete competition winner keefe duhonThe Concrete Decor Show held a Brawl in the Fall competition where seven preselected teams of decorative concrete professionals vied for a chance to win their part of $10,000 in cash and prizes, with the first-place team netting booty worth $5,000.

Vanessa Salvia
Jan 4, 2016
Seamless Floors for Award-winning California Brewery

Stonhard's product used on brewery floor in CaliforniaIn 1996, brothers Ron and Rick Chapman made their long-time dream a reality by opening up a brew pub in Coronado, California. Soon after moving into a new facility they began to face challenges common to breweries with sealed concrete floors: cracking and degradation from wide temperature swings and chemical onslaughts.

Editors
Mar 6, 2015
How an Elegant Radius Staircase Was Created Step by Step

Radial steps leading up to a massive mansion.A play by play on an exquisite set of radius steps that was connected to a 3,000 square foot veranda outside a 21,000 square foot home.

Bart Sacco
Feb 12, 2002
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