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Vol. 12 No. 4 - May/June 2012

Why Compacting GFRC Matters

GFRC is fairly tolerant when it comes to variations in mix design or manufacture, but it does require some care during design and fabrication. Compaction and fiber orientation are particularly important to realizing the full benefits that GFRC offers.Compaction of each thin layer of backer is a critically important step in the fabrication of GFRC.

By Jeffrey Girard
June 1, 2012
Restoration of a Piece of Magician History

When Steve Moore, a retired escape artist and Harry Houdini historian, went looking for someone to help restore a damaged bust from Houdini's grave, Bart Sacco's was the first name to come up. Sacco, owner of Concrete Texturing Tool and Supply Inc., Kingdom Products and The Concrete Kingdom Decorative Training Center, in Throop, Pa., used his expertise in casting high-detail concrete pieces to help Moore create an identical replica of the 1914 marble sculpture.When Steve Moore, a retired escape artist and Harry Houdini historian, went looking for someone to help restore a damaged bust from Houdini’s grave, Bart Sacco’s was the first name to come up.

By Kelly O'Brien
June 2, 2012
Three Tips for Selecting the Right Molding Compound

The hardness of the rubber compound is what will determine whether the product is right for your project or not. Rubber's hardness is measured in durometers.There are many molding compounds available, so it’s important to get one that’s appropriate for the application at hand.

Editors
June 1, 2012
Case Studies Anchor a New Approach to Product Training

Almost all manufacturers of decorative concrete systems and equipment offer some sort of training on their products. Almost all manufacturers of decorative concrete systems and equipment offer some sort of training on their products. Whether it is a one-hour watch-and-learn or a three-day hands-on class that people pay to attend, these programs have become mainstream in our industry.

By Chris Sullivan
June 5, 2012
Two Types of Business Competitors and How to Beat Them Both

Business people competing in a foot race.Close your eyes. Think of your business. Imagine you operate in a world without competitors. Imagine you’re the only one that customers can hire to install decorative concrete. Visualize yourself winning bid after bid without anything or anyone to stand in your way. Now, open your eyes. Welcome back to reality.

By Jacob Webb
June 5, 2012
Decades of Fine-Tuning Techniques are Key to Amedeo Cilli's Success with Concrete

Concrete Steps that look like natural stone lead up the side of this hilly oasis.Look through Amedeo Cilli’s decorative concrete project photos and you’ll find stone patterns with color complexity and rugged texture that look straight out of nature. Actually, they’re the result of several decades of technique fine-tuning.

By Natasha Chilingerian
June 5, 2012
Seven Steps for Success with Ornamental Casting

The first step to casting a piece is to prepare the model you'll be basing the mold on. Models can be existing pieces or they can be something you sculpt from clay, wood or stone yourself.A How To feature that offers step-by-step instructions for casting statuary and other fine-featured pieces.

By Bart Sacco & Kelly O'Brien
June 5, 2012
How To: Installing a Concrete Range Hood Part 3

Finished cast concrete oven hood.Once you have successfully cast your parts and finished them completely, you are ready to install your cast concrete range hood.

By Jeff Kudrick, Illustrations by Rob Bynum
June 5, 2012
Getting Into Green Building: Trends, Ideas and Challenges

Industry experts predict that the demand for environmentally friendly, green Industry experts predict that the demand for environmentally friendly, “green” building materials and methods will be the most significant driver in construction growth for the next five years and in the foreseeable future.

By Sherry A. Boyd
June 5, 2012
Treating and Preventing Concrete Burns

Todd Rose's wedding-day photo shows his acid-scabbed hand underneath that of his bride, Sarah.If you work with concrete you already know how abrasive, alkaline and caustic it is.

To put it simply, as portland cement dries, it will absorb water from any source in order to harden. That means it will suck the moisture from your skin as well.

By Liz Schick
June 5, 2012
Turn a Connection into a Decorative Concrete Sale

Making good connections with people earn you higher numbers in sales.The decorative concrete industry is driven by fascination. Inspiring this fascination in customers is only possible when you connect first and foremost. Unfortunately, this is the number one aspect I see missing within our talented artisans today. Just like your ability to create with color and concrete, there is an art to connecting with architects, designers and owners.

By Doug Carlton
June 5, 2012
Contemporary Art Deco Decorative Concrete Garage

To achieve the charcoal hue, he combined black quartz granules at a 75 percent ratio and smoke quartz granules at a 25 percent ratio, then added gold metallic flakes (Sulyn Industries' Gold Craft Glitter) at 5 percent of the blend.ick Fischer’s technical knowledge and artistic abilities make him a double threat in the decorative concrete world. He began his career in custom automobile painting and restoration, then moved into decorative paint finishes in commercial and residential spaces.

By Natasha Chilingerian
June 5, 2012
Selecting a Concrete Sealer is as Easy as S.A.P.

A very noticeable trend with decorative concrete over the last decade is that the end users and the design community have become much better educated, not only on the types of finishes and products available, but also on how they are installed and what to expect in terms of long-term performance.A very noticeable trend with decorative concrete over the last decade is that the end users and the design community have become much better educated, not only on the types of finishes and products available, but also on how they are installed and what to expect in terms of long-term performance.

By Chris Sullivan
June 5, 2012
Factors that Affect the Strength of GFRC Pieces

Scrim is being used to strengthen the dropped edges of a 14-foot-long concrete reception desk.The popularity of glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) has grown in the past few years as more and more people discover its versatility, strength and relative ease of manufacture. GFRC makes it possible to create stronger and lighter elements and complex 3-D pieces easily.

By Jeffrey Girard
June 5, 2012
Mesmerizing Concrete Entryway Plaza at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center

The new Exploration Center at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Santa Cruz, Calif., invites visitors to interact with exhibits that explore issues impacting the marine ecosystem. The new Exploration Center at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Santa Cruz, Calif., invites visitors to interact with exhibits that explore issues impacting the marine ecosystem.

By Natasha Chilingerian
June 5, 2012
Using F-Numbers to Measure a Concrete Floor's Flatness

the flatness and levelness of the slab must be measured and documented once a slab is bull-floated, vibrated, pan- troweled and steel troweled.There are two types of F-numbers, which measure floor flatness and levelness respectively. Industry expert Allen Face is the creator of the F-number system, as well as the inventor of several measurement instruments and a principal inventor of superflat floor technology.

By Jennifer A. Faller
June 5, 2012
Taking Your Polishing Business on the Road

When to add traveling to your business model for concrete polishingI went through this transition as a polishing contractor, so I thought that I would give you a few helpful tips and things to think about before you embark on this journey.

By David Stephenson
June 5, 2012
Revamping the Pool Deck at the White House

Delays were par for the course, Krach says. Besides the helicopter encounter, he and his crew had to clear the way so Vice President Joe Biden could accompany a disabled veterans' bicycle-racing group on a tour and again so the first lady could work in the garden.When your country calls you to do a job, how much should you charge? That was the predicament Dick Krach, CEO of Sundek of Washington, came face to face with when his secretary fielded a call from someone at a “white house” concerning a pool deck that needed repair and some sprucing up.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
June 5, 2012
Reactive Stain Effects on Concrete Using Household Items

Ironite is a brand of fertilizer that is composed of primarily iron sulfate in a clay granule.In fact, it was recommended that we avoid promoting this product and, if we had to sell it, that the variegated results should be disguised by buffing with a colored wax.

By Michael Miller
June 5, 2012
Revive Color Refresher from L. M. Scofield Co.

A close up look of control joints on a red concrete patio.It’s a fact we have to face — everything ages. And colored concrete is not immune. Sometimes it fades to a soft, mellow color, but often it just becomes dull and lifeless. Or worse, later repairs and additions don’t match.

By Amy Johnson
June 5, 2012
Installing Fiber Optic Lighting in Stamped Concrete

Fiber optic light glows in this outdoor living space with carved concrete fireplace and a stamped concrete patio.The job’s biggest challenge was figuring out a way to texture the surface without burying or breaking the fibers, Denny says. “The customer was intent on having stamped concrete, so not stamping wasn’t an option.”

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
June 5, 2012
Posh Campus in Los Angeles Chock Full of Decorative Concrete

Lobby of upscale campus gets polished concrete floors.This posh campus of office and parking structures, located in the western Los Angeles neighborhood of Playa Vista about one mile from the Pacific Ocean, contains polished concrete floors and board-formed concrete walls and pillars, but that’s just a taste of what decorative concrete has brought to the 15-acre campus.

By Natasha Chilingerian
June 5, 2012
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