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Vol. 18 No. 3 - April 2018

Church Street Gym Revived with Concrete Overlay

A little-known fact about New Castle, Indiana, (for everyone not a Hoosier) is that it's home to the world's largest high school gymnasium. Basketball fever is so rampant in this small town of 18,000 that the community raised the money needed to build a high school gym that seats 9,325 spectators.A little-known fact about New Castle, Indiana, (for everyone not a Hoosier) is that it’s home to the world’s largest high school gymnasium. Basketball fever is so rampant in this small town of 18,000 that the community raised the money needed to build a high school gym that seats 9,325 spectators.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
April 27, 2018
Concrete: Guaranteed to Crack

concrete does crackConcrete is going to crack and contractors should be prepared to handle certain issues when they happen.

By David Stephenson
April 16, 2018
Saw by the CSDA Code

how to read code marks on saw bladesIf you’re new to sawing concrete, or if your business only requires you to do the work occasionally, you might want to acquaint yourself with the Blade Application Code for Diamond Saw Blades from the Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association based in St. Petersburg, Florida.

By K. Schipper
April 19, 2018
Choosing the Best Blade for the Concrete Task

Engrave a crete saw grooving concreteDiamonds may be forever in jewelry and James Bond movies, but when it comes to the workaday world, not so much. If they were, a good diamond saw blade could be passed on from father to son.

By K. Schipper
April 13, 2018
What Caused this Microtopping to Discolor?

These questions came from a couple who were building a new home and wanted polished concrete floors. The main floor is slab on grade, while the second level is slab on an engineered raised subfloor. There were issues during the concrete finishing, which eliminated polishing as an option.These questions came from a couple who were building a new home and wanted polished concrete floors. The main floor is slab on grade, while the second level is slab on an engineered raised subfloor. There were issues during the concrete finishing, which eliminated polishing as an option.

By Chris Sullivan
April 30, 2018
Contractor Finds Cure for Vintage-Car Studio's Coatings Headache

Contractor finds cure for vintage-car studio's concrete coatings headacheAudiences in France loved the comedy of Jerry Lewis in his Hollywood heyday. Go figure. So, should it be a baffling head-scratcher to learn about a billionaire Italian jewelry and luxury goods magnate being smitten with vintage Buicks?

By Joe Maty
April 28, 2018
Concrete Apartment Building Emphasizes 'Square Frame as a Whole'

S ituated in the Otowa district of Tokyo's Bunkyo ward, the Modelia Days apartment building is very close to the Gokokuji temple, which was established in the Edo era (1603-1868) as a place of prayer for members of the shogunate, a feudal regime of Japan.Situated in the Otowa district of Tokyo’s Bunkyo ward, the Modelia Days apartment building is very close to the Gokokuji temple, which was established in the Edo era (1603-1868) as a place of prayer for members of the shogunate, a feudal regime of Japan.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
April 27, 2018
ICFs Play Big Part in Energy-Efficient Schools' Design

Construction worker moving insulated concrete forms on a construction site.Construction using insulated concrete forms (ICFs) doesn’t instantly turn design and building projects “green” or “sustainable” all by themselves.

By Joe Maty
April 25, 2018
Contractor Finds His Niche with Concrete Countertops

Formed black concrete fireplace brick design.Greyrock Concrete Design owner Steve Gartner has come a long way from when he got into the business “by accident” after fabricating and installing his own countertops.

By Vanessa Salvia
April 25, 2018
What Concrete Sealer Should You Choose?

Acrylic sealers range in quality, price and effectiveness. They won't all produce the same results, so you'll want to consider the look and qualities important to you.Acrylic sealers range in quality, price and effectiveness. They won’t all produce the same results, so you’ll want to consider the look and qualities important to you.

By Craig Coppersmith, P.E.
April 18, 2018
Stripping Concrete Before Resealing Yields the Best Results

There are several common approaches to removing acrylic sealer and none of them are easy. Each of these options will work -- eventually -- but there are pros and cons to weigh.Anything worth doing is worth doing right. Don’t cut corners and expect quality results. These may sound like clichés designed to get folks to toe the line but more often than not, I’ve found them to be absolutely true.

By Craig Coppersmith, P.E.
April 23, 2018
4 Tips for More Effective Portfolio Images on Your Website

PC showing recent work on the screen and hands on the keyboardLooks are just about everything when it comes to a decorative concrete company’s website, so make sure you have quality images that will help drum up business.

By Brandon Farmer
April 17, 2018
Evaporation Retardants and Finishing Aids Can Make Concrete More Workable

Hand holding a hose spraying water.While water should never be added during concrete’s finishing process, products such as evaporation retardants and finishing aids can effectively help promote workability.

By Greg Iannone
April 12, 2018
World of Concrete 2018 Annual Rite of Winter was Ripe with Innovation

Brickform stamp shown at 2018 World of Concrete.World of Concrete 2018 exceeded everyone’s expectations in January by attracting more than 58,000 registered professionals and nearly 1,600 participating companies, including about 300 brand-new exhibitors.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
April 21, 2018
2017 Scofield Decorative Concrete Award Winners

Cresting wave concrete precast to ward off ocean wave power."Innovation" was the word of the day for Scofield’s 10th annual Decorative Concrete Awards which were presented during the 2018 World of Concrete in Las Vegas. Grand prize-winning “Scofie” projects in six categories were unique in their design and execution, with several recipients pushing the limits of their experience to try new things.

Editors
April 28, 2018
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