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Got Concrete Slurry?

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.

Augmented reality meets concrete

Augmented reality meets concreteOnce upon a time, and not so very long ago, a large segment of business was conducted in person or via a hard-wired telephone, and pencil and paper were the order of the day. An adding machine handled simple math functions, and an electric typewriter in the office was high tech.

K. Schipper
Sep 4, 2017
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Concrete industry slowly incorporating software programs

Concrete industry slowly incorporating software programsLet’s face it. People who go into the trades aren’t the types who want to spend time sitting in an office in front of a computer. It’s no surprise that construction, along with agriculture, has been one of the slowest segments to adopt technological innovations into the workplace.

K. Schipper
Sep 8, 2017
Concrete industry offers lucrative career path for women

Concrete industry offers lucrative career path for womenWomen CEOs of concrete companies are smashing glass ceilings and bucking trends that have emerged for women in other nontraditional occupations. While women CEOs only comprise 2 percent in the basic and infrastructure sectors according to World Economic Forum and Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Sefla Fuhrman, Ph.D.
Advanced Tools for Coating Application

Concrete coatingsA good set of tools goes a long way. When it comes to applying urethanes, epoxies and other concrete coatings, it’s a necessity. In a world where you have to constantly monitor moisture issues, pH, efflorescence, alkali-silica reactivity, surface temperature variants, and constantly changing weather conditions, the last thing you need to worry about is an underperforming tool.

Ted Uram
How To: Installing an Oven Hood Part 3

Jeff Kudrick, Illustrations by Rob Bynum
Jun 5, 2012
Concrete Sealers At-A-Glance

Comparing concrete sealers - man spraying concrete sealer onto a basement floor that has been stained with acid stain.Characteristics of concrete sealers vary depending on the specific formulation, but typically the following applies to these most commonly used concrete sealers:

Editors
Jun 1, 2003
The Journey Home: A legacy of giving back at the Presbyterian Night Shelter

Imprinted concrete and inlayed graphicsA crew of trainers and the people who signed up to take their workshops transformed much of the Presbyterian Night Shelter in Fort Worth, Texas.

Vanessa Salvia
Dec 2, 2014
How To Create Unity When Using Multiple Colors On Concrete

colorful concrete compass rose

Gaye Goodman
Decorative Concrete Tips: Complete Estimates are an Essential Part of the Job

The Importance of EstimatingFor the decorative concrete contractor — or any contractor — the estimating stage of any project is critical. Here at the Renew-Crete Systems training seminars, I stress the importance of a complete and thorough estimate.

Joe Francis
Mar 14, 2003
Broadcast vs. Troweled Quartz Systems

When it comes to resinous quartz flooring, there are two basic ways to approach the installation. You can broadcast the quartz onto a floor coated with wet epoxy, or you can mix the epoxy and quartz together -- making what is often called epoxy mortar -- then trowel it on.When it comes to resinous quartz flooring, there are two basic ways to approach the installation. You can broadcast the quartz onto a floor coated with wet epoxy, or you can mix the epoxy and quartz together -- making what is often called epoxy mortar -- then trowel it on.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
How The Polished Concrete Market is Shifting

grey polished concrete in warehouseOver the last few years, I’ve noticed a shift in the polished concrete market. As the industry has grown, there has always been three sizes of contractors.

David Stephenson
Assymetrical Concrete Designs- Unusual Concrete Compositions

canoe made of concrete

Gaye Goodman
Professor Prefers Water-Based Stains for Concrete Public Art

Southern Arkansas University art professor prefers water-based stains when creating public murals on concrete.Southern Arkansas University art professor prefers water-based stains when creating public murals on concrete.

K. Schipper
Jun 8, 2017
One of a kind Concrete Chandelier & Faux-Bois Furniture

Michael Fogg concrete faux-bois furnitureConnecticut-based faux-bois artisan Michael Fogg spent eight years as a journeyman cabinetmaker and architectural woodworker. He then managed his own cabinetmaking business for six years before feeling stifled.

Vanessa Salvia
Spreading Concrete Color Hardener Cleanly

Lee Levig, a Fairfield, Calif., contractor who purchased the tool, praises its speed and ease of use. Dispersing color hardener is a filthy job. You’re covered from head to toe. It’s in your clothes. It’s on your clothes. If there’s a little bit of wind, it’s that much worse.

Editors
Mar 9, 2005
Concrete Stamping Enjoys a Resurgence of Popularity

stamping concrete walkway

K. Schipper
Sealing the Deal on Waterproofing Solutions

waterproofing concrete installations

Technology advances expand the range of options for concrete projects

Whether the objective is keeping water in — like a pond, tank, pool or reservoir — or keeping it out — such as a foundation or entire building — waterproofing looms large in concrete installations.

Joe Maty
Polished, Stamped And Stained Concrete for Microbrewery Facilities

Polished concrete brewery floor - There's a brew-ha-ha over craft beers these days. And no wonder -- with an average of 1.5 breweries opening daily, according to the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colorado, it's not a stretch to say new ones are popping up faster than a fresh keg can be tapped.There’s a brew-ha-ha over craft beers these days. And no wonder — with an average of 1.5 breweries opening daily, according to the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colorado, it’s not a stretch to say new ones are popping up faster than a fresh keg can be tapped.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Nov 14, 2014
Great Countertops

Our magazine salutes some of the world’s best work in this hot interior design trend.

Rob Spiegel
Feb 13, 2008
Artisan in Concrete: Scott Cohen, The Green Scene, Los Angeles

Have you ever asked potential customers to dress like pirates to make a sale? Outdoor-concrete expert Scott Cohen did — and it worked.

David Searls
Sep 17, 2008
Special Effects

Aggregates that glow and sparkle. Scented concrete. Salted concrete. Cremated ashes in concrete ... Just some of the out-there options that are only offered by this industry.

Amy Johnson
Oct 6, 2010
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