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Vol. 2 No. 1 - February/March 2002

The Secrets of Concrete Countertops

Large kitchen island with a green concrete countertop.Like the structural character of a concrete foundation, concrete countertops are structured as well but with a whole lot more sex-appeal.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
February 2, 2002
Concrete Recipe for Success: Mix Design

Use only the best ingredients in your concrete mix Creating the right recipes for your concrete mix will ensure high quality installations with a decorative finish every time.

By Cindy Grawl
February 1, 2002
Surmounting the Task of Building Straight and Radial Concrete Steps

Concrete stone step that has a natural edge and is stained with a natural brown color.Today's manufacturers offer contractors a timely, cost effective and decorative treatment for almost any staircase project.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
February 8, 2002
The Pentagon: Concrete Contractors Helped Heal the Country By Getting to Work

The replicated wall of the Pentagon.As the nation came to terms with their grief and outrage of the September 11th attack, others stepped into the debris and began to clear a path for rebirth in hopes that by rebuilding the physical structures that had been destroyed.

By Christianna McCausland
February 4, 2002
Long Range Planning: A Challenging but Essential Task for Business Owners

A man looking through binoculars at a pink skyline.Preparing for one, two or ten years down the road is equally important as your plans for today, tomorrow, or next week's jobs.

By Bruce Hackett
February 5, 2002
Robert J. Harris II, A Hard-Working Man with a Soft Side

Troweling down a decorative concrete overlay with a float.Driven by strong family values, high expectation for himself and those who worked beside him remain the leading role for his personal success as a cement mason and business owner,

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
February 9, 2002
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.

By Bart Sacco
February 12, 2002
Decorative Concrete Systems New Auto Scrubber

A concrete grinder is being worked over a star that has been inlayed into a floor.Decorative Concrete Systems has introduced the Auto Scrubber, a self-contained cleaning machine designed to clean concrete floors after profiling and before coating or sealing.

February 13, 2002
Haivala Concrete Tools Magnesium Beveling Hand Tool

A pile of concrete tools makes the job easier to succeed.On display for the first time at this year's World of Concrete show. The new magnesium "beveling" hand tool is designed to slope the concrete edge under overhead garage doors keeping water from flowing into the building

February 15, 2002
HoverTrowel Power Trowel

Power trowel designed to finish decorative epoxy aggregate mortarsThis patented power trowel designed specifically for finishing decorative epoxy aggregate mortars has proven to be very adaptable and capable of finishing many types of polymer and modified cementitious overlays.

February 16, 2002
Decorative Concrete Tips: How to Prep for a Diving Board Mount on a Pool Deck

Measuring the ground where rebar will be placed before concrete is poured.Did you ever have to install a pool deck with an aggressive pattern and then worry about cracking or breaking the fiberglass diving board mount because you were unable to set the mount on a smooth and level surface?

By Bart Sacco
February 22, 2002
Decorative Concrete Tips: Accounting for Concrete Color Change with Acid Stain Application

A staiend concrete entryway leads to a beautiful homeMany comments, instructions, warnings, and confused looks surround the numerous ways acid stain colors can fluctuate from one concrete slab to another. Even under the tightest quality controls, concrete reacts with chemical stains differently every time. However, the sometimes-unpredictable reactions are exactly what produce the interesting and beautiful results one can achieve from acid stains.

By Marvin Dodson
February 22, 2002
Concrete Furniture Market Expanding Rapidly

Concrete furniture, like this table have taken off in recent years.By now the booming market for concrete countertops is well known. Architects and designers are well versed in concretes ability to contribute to the cool, natural look that is in such demand. What is not as well known is the growing popularity of concrete furniture pieces some of North America’s most creative craftsmen are creating.

By Jim Peterson
February 22, 2002
Concrete Steps Make The First Impression

Step liners can be stripped earlier than other forms because they are made from different materials letting the concrete set up faster.Concrete steps can be the centerpiece of a house's façade and a showpiece of the decorative concrete craft.

February 17, 2002
Secrets of Better Concrete Stenciling

finished product of stenciled concreteTo enhance newly-poured concrete or to rejuvenate existing concrete, stenciling is a decorative application worth considering. It may seem like a simple process, but a few fine points separate nice-looking, profitable stencil jobs from the rest. We’ve asked some experienced stencilers for tips to elevate your stenciling jobs from so-so to spectacular.

By Gail Eber
February 23, 2002
Decorative Concrete Techniques: Stencils and Acid Etching

Close up view of stencil application with Profiler from Surface Gel TekA surface-preparation product called The Profiler from Surface Gel Tek can be used to create an etched effect with stencils. In these photos, Dane Hantz of Dane Concrete Design in Prescott, Arizona, demonstrates the technique. The surface was a steel-troweled concrete floor in a home. Hantz wanted to create a 60-linear-foot border around the room.

February 18, 2002