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Using Spray Equipment Can Be A Speedy Solution For Contractors

applying a stain to a concrete pieceApplying stains and sealers with spray equipment may strike the decorative concrete contractor as a convenient, speedy solution, not terribly complicated.

Orange-Crete Decorative Concrete Brushes from Riviera Brush Co.

Riviera Brush Co. has been a leader in the concrete brush industry since 1989. They started out by developing their line of Orange-Crete wash brushes for the ready-mix industry. The brushes were designed to stand up to the harsh conditions inherent to the industry — lime, abrasives, muriatic acid and other cleaning agents. They were ideal for cleaning trucks and equipment.

Xtra-Flex Concrete Forms by Metal Forms Corp.

Xtra-Flex bendable concrete forming materialPeople who work with concrete know that creative forming is essential for a high-quality finished product. It can sometimes be the most arduous part of concrete work, especially when curves and circles are involved.

How To Make Troweling Easier For The Job

power trowel on concreteLet’s face it, working concrete is a hard job. It’s hard on the hands, the back and especially the knees. Fortunately, for some contractors there’s an option that allows them to stand upright and still complete their jobs.

Pearl Abrasive Concrete Crack-Chaser Blade

Crack-Chaser Blade from Pearl Abrasive Company was designed for more efficient cleaning, routing and repairing of cracks in concrete.The Crack-Chaser Blade from Pearl Abrasive Company was designed for more efficient cleaning, routing and repairing of cracks in concrete. The diamond segments are sintered to the core in a V-shaped pattern, leaving a clean groove for filling.

Soff-Cut X-150D Prowler Decorative Concrete Saw

Decorative cuts -- V-shaped or rounded radius cuts that are ground into existing grooves -- are this Prowler's specialty. Another concrete saw is used to make the rough first cut, and the X-150D follows to make it look good.Soff-Cut International’s X-150 Prowler early-entry concrete saw can be adapted to make decorative V-shaped or radius cuts. Concrete contractors loved that feature. But they found themselves making that adaptation often, and they got frustrated.

How to Select Brushes and Brooms for the Ideal Concrete Finish

Contractors prize the aggressive texturing of a stiffer brush when slip resistance is more important than appearance, such as on a ramp. The stiffer the bristle, the rougher the surface, says Steve Cook, sales and marketing manager for Kraft Tool Co. Concrete contracting doesn’t usually lend itself to sweeping generalizations, but here’s a good one: If a contractor wants to give a curing concrete slab more slip resistance, the easiest, simplest solution is to drag a broom across it.

The Right Mixer and Paddle Can Be The Pairing for Success

The right mixer and paddle can be the pairing for success. Just as a good cook knows when to use a stand mixer with bread hooks and when to get out the hand mixer with a whip, there are a mixer — and a paddle or blade design — for just about every size job in the decorative concrete industry, as well.

Proline Concrete Tools Flexible Concrete Stamps

Proline Concrete Tools Inc. isn't in the winemaking business, but if contractors all over the country want to press its grapes, the company would be more than happy to make that happen.Proline Concrete Tools Inc. isn’t in the winemaking business, but if contractors all over the country want to press its grapes, the company would be more than happy to make that happen.

How to gauge grinders for polished concrete jobs

Before purchasing a grinding/polishing machine, polished concrete contractors must determine what types of jobs they are seeking -- smaller custom-design projects or larger-volume ones.Before purchasing a grinding/polishing machine, polished concrete contractors must determine what types of jobs they are seeking — smaller custom-design projects or larger-volume ones.

Magic Trowel Smooths Concrete Surfaces Without the Trowel Line

Using a Magic Trowel can help you achieve a smooth finish without trowel lines.Originally developed for finishing drywall, this magical tool smooths concrete surfaces without leaving any trowel lines. “We’re getting so many calls from concrete people,” says Joe Torres, president of TexMaster Tools, which makes the Magic Trowel. “The guys in this industry are going crazy!”

Getting the Most out of Your Mohs Hardness Test Kit

Here's some tips for using your Mohs hardness test kit, adapted from material found at WerkMaster.com.Since concrete’s makeup differs from region to region, it will vary in hardness and density. A pick set can be used to test both aggregates and cement paste to determine a concrete surface’s hardness.

Crete Master Concrete Surface Finisher

His invention has four smooth-edged blades of blue spring steel attached to a disc. The disc, with a 5⁄8-inch opening and an 11 thread size, fits onto many variable-speed polishers or angle grinders.Crete Master's smooth-as-glass countertop finish, a hand-held surface finisher that excels in finishing concrete counter tops, horizontal and vertical overlays, colored hardeners, edges on concrete slabs and many other applications that require a smooth finish.

An Introduction to UV Curing Equipment

Concrete contractor using a hand held Ultraviolet (UV) light to cure a sealer on a concrete countertop.An engineer for a manufacturer of machines that use ultraviolet light to cure coatings explains equipment options for contractors.

Tools: Consolidation Tools
Custom decorative concrete developed by Aggregate Industries US brings hockey imagery to life at new Boston Bruins practice facility

With a landmark 68-foot-high hockey stick, the new 75,000-square-foot practice complex of the Boston Bruins hockey team includes an ice rink with seating for 660 fans, a lobby featuring displays of Bruins accomplishments, a modern locker suite and team lounge and expansive training and weight rooms.

Concrete Vibrators the Hard Truth

The UMC-1 bracket mounts easily to any casting table with lag screws and can be easily moved. Concrete countertop contractors can place the vibrator in the best position to provide localized, powerful vibration, and then move it to the next spot for a perfect finished product.Vibrators for concrete can be used to move air out of the mix come in all shapes and sizes from ultra portable to versions for the countertop.

How to Excel at Concrete Countertop Sink and Edge Fabrication

A review of tools and methods for sink polishing and edge profiling concrete countertops.

Plate Compactors and Rammers: Making a Choice before the Concrete Pour

The most important factor in making that choice is the type of soil to be compacted. A rammer, which uses a piston set and springs to generate force, works best on cohesive soils, which are composed of clay and silts. Vibratory plates, on the other hand, are low-amplitude, high-frequency machines. They are most effective compacting granular soils, which are made up of sand and gravel.When raw soil or aggregate needs to be compacted before a pour, what do decorative concrete contractors use to pound the ground? Rollers are too much machine for smaller jobs. So generally, the choice is between rammers and vibratory plate compactors.

Tools: Grinders
What Considerations To Make When Purchasing A Vacuum

large vacuum with dust collecting featureThe philosophy behind purchasing industrial vacuums for controlling airborne dust is changing in the concrete industry, especially with new federal rules now in place concerning worker exposure to these particles. 

A Look at Concrete Power Trowels

The 24-inch Stone Smooth Operator Trowel is an edger trowel that features a Reader Service 47 rotating edger ring to finish along walls or other obstructions without scuffing or gouging.Learn how walk-behind trowels can improve an operator's comfort, control and flat finishes.

Which Portable Concrete Mixer is Right for You?

Whiteman plaster/mortar and concrete mixers are heavy-duty mixers from Multiquip that are reliable, easy to maintain, and offered in a full range of sizes and engine configurations for virtually any application.Modular, compact and sturdy in design; portable concrete mixers come in designs to fit all construction needs.

Pneumatic Chip-broadcast Hopper Gun

mica chip broadcasting hand held tool. Pneumatic chip broadcasting tool.Traditionally, when decorative or specialty flooring contractors wanted to broadcast decorative vinyl color chips or colored quartz onto a horizontal or vertical surface, they preferred doing it by hand.

Tools: Dust Containment Equipment
Diamond Blades Are a Guy's Best Friend

Diamond blades are essential for cutting grooves, lines and control joints.Cutting lines, grooves and control joints with diamond blades is nothing new for concrete contractors, but enterprising craftsmen have been putting their creativity to the test by using the blades to produce decorative borders, graphic designs or V-shaped grooves that look like they were hand-tooled.

A Picture's Worth a Thousand Concrete Pours

Large scaled eagle engraved and colored in concrete.Engrave-A-Crete, which manufactures tools and templates to engrave concrete, has come up with a state-of-the-art solution to help contractors help clients envision designs for their decorative concrete projects.

Veto Pro Pac Launches Tech OT-MC

Veto Pro Pac Launches Tech OT-MC: A Compact Open Top Tool Bag with an Innovative Central Box and Customizable Injection Molded Insert Boxes

Trimtape Inc., Tapes Help With Concrete Layout, Cutting, Blasting

Trimtape Inc., Tapes help with concrete layout, cutting, blastingTrimtape Inc., a Georgia company, is unspooling several sticky options for concrete contractors. Trimtape’s grout line tapes, which range in width from 1⁄4 inch to 1 inch, are laced with strands of fiberglass for strength. Layout marker lines appear every four inches of tape.

Protecting your Concrete Finishing Brush or Broom

The shallow, grooved texture left on the surface by a concrete broom or brush will help keep shoes and tires from slipping or skidding on a wet or icy concrete slab.A concrete finishing broom is an artist’s tool, and like any important tool, it needs to be treated with care.

11 Proven Concrete Color Recipes

Step-by-step instructions and useful tips from people in the industry who have experimented enough to know what works.

Automated spray system from Fas-Trak Industries
Midwest Rake Flexible Blade Smoother

Flexible Blade Smoother from Midwest Rake is designed to work with cementitious and viscous materials, the smoother is a steel blade with round corners, angled to maximize surface impact and attached to an aluminum handle.Designed to work with cementitious and viscous materials, the smoother is a steel blade with round corners, angled to maximize surface impact and attached to an aluminum handle.

A Prepper's Best Friend

The word "diamonds" is inevitably associated with the concept of "big bucks," but like many other things about diamond grinding, this is something of a misconception.The word "diamonds" is inevitably associated with the concept of "big bucks," but like many other things about diamond grinding, this is something of a misconception.

Tools: Vacuums
New Mongoose Air unveiled
7 Tips to Take Your Concrete Countertops to the Next Level

Decorative concrete countertops - Clay caulk from an extruder will bring your edges to the next level. With silicone caulk, the clock starts ticking as soon as the caulk hits the open air.Turn your little concrete countertop shop into a that big business by getting your projects out the door sooner.

How to Choose Abrasives for Polishing Concrete

The processes used for polishing concrete are quite possibly the most misunderstood piece of the business. A tremendous amount of sales propaganda is available that can either provide some clarity or add serious confusion.

Ekocrete, from Ekocrete Inc.
Compact Concrete Engraving Blade

Three 2 inch diamond blades by DCI for engraving concrete more detailed work.Bob Harris, president of the Decorative Concrete Institute in Temple, Ga., is offering an innovative product to make decorative contractors’ lives a little easier.

Patriot Spraysafe System by Patriot Sprayer Systems Inc.

Patriot Spraysafe sprayer that uses carbon dioxide as the propulsion agent for the sprayer. What sets Patriot Spraysafe apart is carbon dioxide. The system uses carbon dioxide cartridges to propel liquid through its nozzle.

Tools: Specialty Cutting Blades
Product Focus: SpiderLath from SpiderLath Inc.
Concrete Calculator
Concrete Countertop Polishing Tips and Tricks

Grinder that is used for polishing concrete countertopsConcrete countertops are a very hot item these days, and fabricating them can be much easier than you think — when you use the right tools and technique. This is the key to eliminating frustration and ultimately producing a quality product.

Buying Diamond Tooling for Concrete Polishing

What are the comet trails looking things on a diamond tool for concrete polishing machines called.There are as many variables in manufacturing diamond tooling as there are diamond manufacturers. So which specific variables should you concern yourself with and why?

The Rundown on Concrete Polishing Machines

Polishing a floor requires the right tool for the job.In this Tooling section, Concrete Decor magazine focused on walk-behind models, handheld models, edgers and other tools that can be helpful to decorative contractors on small and medium-sized jobs.

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.

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