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Vol. 10 No. 8 - November/December 2010

Estimate Thickness of Polishable Overlay Correctly

Correctly estimating the thickness needed to get the job done right is one of the biggest issues a contractor faces when applying a polishable overlay.Correctly estimating the thickness needed to get the job done right is one of the biggest issues a contractor faces when applying a polishable overlay.

By David Stephenson
November 5, 2010
Medical Facilities Turning to Decorative Concrete

A closer look at decorative concrete making its way into medical facilitys across the U.S. and beyond.A closer look at decorative concrete making its way into medical facilitys across the U.S. and beyond.

By Emily Dixon
November 10, 2010
Choosing the Right Vacuum Cleaner

Pulse-bac vacuum cleaner.For many contractors, a shop or industrial vacuum may be an afterthought. At the very least, you may not put a whole lot of time into choosing the vacuum that specifically fits your company's needs.

By Chris Mayo
November 10, 2010
Recipe: Easy Antiquing on Polished Floors

Using this easy antiquing technique is a sure fire way to upgrade any space.Ideal for distressed floors with lots of cracks, pits, chips or gouges, this versatile technique can be used to turn a fixer-upper into a masterpiece.

Editors
November 14, 2010
An Environmentally Friendly Way to Seal and Stain Concrete

C2 Products founder Jim Miller says The Bean is fine enough to get into pervious concrete quickly without clogging its openings, while it is also very stable once it penetrates. "With a carrying agent that's comprised of approximately 60 percent water, its makeup allows for a nice mist on the surface and won't plug the holes of pervious concrete," he says.Indiana-based C2 Products Inc. offers an environmentally friendly, durable way to seal and stain concrete with its flagship products, The Bean and The Jelly Bean.

By Natasha Chilingerian
November 10, 2010
Technology Park in Alabama Turns to Polishable Overlays

Polishing 52,000 square feet of floor is never an easy task, but some jobs can be more demanding than others.Polishing 52,000 square feet of floor is never an easy task, but some jobs can be more demanding than others. This was one of them. It took contractor Darryl White and a crew of five 11 weeks to prep, polish and finesse the artwork for the floors of Alabama Robotics Technology Park.

Editors
November 5, 2010
Utility and Beauty Come Together with Sandscape Texture System by Bomanite

A concrete water feature spouts water to high heights.The Sandscape Texture system manufactured and sold by Bomanite is a happy union of utility and beauty. Its usefulness lies in its slip resistance and high durability. Its beauty lies in its consistency and attractive color possibilities.

By Amy Johnson
November 10, 2010
Mock-ups of Decorative Concrete Jobs Make Sense

Definition of mock-upYou can fine-tune your concrete polishing bid by figuring out before the job begins how the concrete is going to grind, what diamonds you will need and how to prepare. Walk on the slab, pour some water on it, scratch at it and put a diamond on it.

By Jennifer A. Faller
November 10, 2010
Concrete Professionals Gather to Discuss Decorative Concrete Makeover

A group of people listening to a presentation.Concrete professionals, including architects, interior designers, landscape architects, artisans and students from the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) Program came to a day-long session where they envisioned and designed decorative concrete walls, floors, seating, counters and more for the 33,000-square-foot facility, which occupies a former industrial building.

Editors
November 10, 2010
New HEPA Certification and Hazardous Dust Regulations

Filters on vacuums can be the difference between good and really, really bad.Several pages into the Environmental Protection Agency's new Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, there is a statement pertaining to the use of HEPA certified vacuums:

Editors
November 8, 2010
Freehand Designs Mean Freedom for You and Your Customer

Freehand flora design on a concrete floor that is colored with pastel stains.Whether more utilitarian or more exotic, these are forms that every general contractor and every concrete guy is familiar with. We all have the tools and the formulae to produce these lines, angles and shapes.

By Michael Miller
November 10, 2010
Concrete Troubleshooting Stories That Make You Go Hmmm

Putting the pieces of the puzzle together.It's that time of year again - the time when I review the hundreds of questions and situations I dealt with in 2010 looking for those special few that made me pause and just think, "Really?"

By Chris Sullivan
November 10, 2010
A Concrete Tribute to 9/11 at World of Concrete

A group of CIM students work with decorative concrete manufacturer.Under the tutelage of Ed Gruetzner, a decorative concrete practitioner and retired firefighter from New York City, and Michael Eastergard, owner of PreiTech Corp., a concrete form company, students from both MTSU and Chico State created a memorial to members of two companies of firefighters who were lost at the World Trade Center, Sept. 11, 2001.

Editors
November 18, 2010
Recipe: Adventures in Aggregate and Polished Concrete

Mild-mannered, terrazzoesque floor by day, photoluminescent phenomenon by night.Mild-mannered, terrazzoesque floor by day, photoluminescent phenomenon by night. This glow-in-the-dark effect can brighten up any surface.

Editors
November 14, 2010
How to Find the Right Salesperson

Silhouette of two businessmen with brightly colored ties in orange and red.A few in the decorative concrete industry are good at the trade and great salespeople as well, but not many. If sales are not your thing, then now is the time to push ahead of the competition and find the right person.

By Doug Carlton
November 10, 2010
Concrete Industry Management Students Work to Restore Alcatraz

The¬†concrete walkways, railings and other structures are weathered and badly in need of stabilization and repair.As undoubtedly the most colorful and memorable element of the U.S. National Park Service, the infamous Alcatraz Island gets more than a million visitors a year, and it shows.The concrete walkways, railings and other structures are weathered and badly in need of stabilization and repair.

Editors
November 8, 2010
Recipe: Floral Floors with Polishing

For this collection of concrete recipes, we checked in with a few veteran polishers and asked them for creative techniques that add an aesthetic counterpoint to polished concrete floors. From a simple (and highly effective!) antiquing technique to a stained, stenciled and etched method for intricate pattern work, this batch of recipes is sure to have something to fire up your imagination.The technique has been created to add a delicate pattern to an already beautiful floor with the use of stencils.

By Kelly O'Brien
November 10, 2010
New Showroom Features All the Glamour of Polishable Overlays

top the floor with Artera, a polishable polymer-modified fiber-reinforced cementitious overlayment made by LifeTime Floors.When Productivity Inc. built a new showroom in Minneapolis, Minn., more than three years ago, the company chose to top the floor with Artera, a polishable polymer-modified fiber-reinforced cementitious overlayment made by LifeTime Floors.

Editors
November 5, 2010
Teaching Decorative Concrete in Universities

Concrete Industry Management (CIM) Programs are teaching decorative concrete in universities across the country.Concrete Industry Management (CIM) Programs are teaching decorative concrete in universities across the country.

By David Searls
November 10, 2010
Learning the Ins and Outs of Polishable Overlays

he topping is designed to be applied wet on wet between 1/2 inch and 5/8 inch thick on freshly poured concrete slabs. Thin coatings that can be polished work wonders on new and old floors, but applying them requires knowledge and skill.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
November 10, 2010
Recipe: Mottled Look on Polshed Concrete

Dye, butcher paper and creativity are the winning combinationA few colors of dye, some common butcher paper and a little creativity are all it takes to get this handsome mottled finish.

Editors
November 15, 2010
Concrete Contractor Finds True Passion in Decorative Concrete

A concrete wave built by David Pettigrew and his crew.This industry veteran doesn’t much care for the label of "artisan." Just call him a good concrete contractor with an eye for color.

By Natasha Chilingerian
November 10, 2010
Vibrant Epoxy Floors Match this Restaurant's '50s Vibe

The Corvette Diner job involved the application of epoxy that shows off checkerboard, curve and circle patterns in black, white, bubblegum pink and turquoise.The floors at this theme restaurant are alive with eye-popping pinks, blacks and sparkles. But the story about how they were sealed is just as much of a conversation-starter.

By Natasha Chilingerian
November 10, 2010
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