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Got Concrete Slurry?

Upgrade to Lavina propane and electric concrete grinders If you're doing anything with polishing, drilling or sawing concrete these days, you're likely already using water in your processes. Those hedging on not using wet processes are staring straight at a mandate from OSHA that requires contractors to reduce the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica.

How to design scrollwork for a sprawling concrete patio

Scrolling Through a PatioFor the first time in this series, I’m basing my article on a current job I just finished. In the last one, I introduced scrollwork as a design element. I was still focused on symmetry and using scrollwork as a larger medallion in a room.

Rick Lobdell
Oct 27, 2017
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Training and Education is Good for One and All

Training and education is good for entire concrete industryI saw a meme recently that goes something like this:

CFO asks CEO: What happens if we invest in training and developing our people and then they leave us?

CEO: What happens if we don’t and they stay?

Greg Iannone
Oct 10, 2017
How to avoid pitfalls when polishing concrete floors in retail facilities

How to avoid pitfalls when polishing concrete floors in retail facilitiesAccording to the news, retail brick-and-mortar facilities are declining at a rapid rate. While I agree 100 percent that internet sales are impacting sales at traditional stores, this market segment is still relevant. And when it comes to polished concrete at retail establishments, business is still booming.

David Stephenson
Nov 5, 2017
Concrete Grinding and Polishing Tips: Rotation, Presoaking and Play Sand

Play sand is a great thing to keep handy as an abrasion aid when using a concrete grinder. It keeps the diamonds dressed and cooled while acting as a secondary abrasive to assist in the actual grinding process.Play sand is a great thing to keep handy as an abrasion aid when using a concrete grinder. It keeps the diamonds dressed and cooled while acting as a secondary abrasive to assist in the actual grinding process.

Bryon "Bru" Bruington
Stamped Concrete and Its Coats of Many Colors

A close-up of stamped concrete shows how natural you can make concrete look with attention to detail.Achieving a realistic and "one-of-a-kind" look with stamped concrete requires a knowledge of colors and some help from the experts. Included are several exciting formulas.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Dec 13, 2001
Concrete Floor Border Variation: A Ribbon Runs Through It

ribbon border pattern on concrete floorBorders can be used in many ways, not just to frame a room and make our engraving easier than cutting all the way to a wall. Usually 6-10 inches wide around the edge of a space, they can also be used as their own design element.

Rick Lobdell
Contractor Works His Magic While Facility Conducts Business as Usual

contractors pouring concrete near pool

K. Schipper
How To Determine The Layout For An Individual Tile Pattern

drawing a basic design in a large roomLately, I feel the industry has created a very busy design world. Many times I think people do too much design and they need to simplify things. Many interior designers want simple stain-and-seal floors because they want to focus on the furniture, lights and wall decor.

Rick Lobdell
Artisan in Concrete: Mike Denny, Artistic Concrete Surfaces

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Dec 19, 2012
Make Tooling Choices Easier with the Mohs Hardness Test Kit

To eliminate the guesswork associated with which diamond abrasive bond tool will best polish or abrade a particular concrete slab, contractors could consider adding a Mohs hardness test kit to their toolbox.To eliminate the guesswork associated with which diamond abrasive bond tool will best polish or abrade a particular concrete slab, contractors could consider adding a Mohs hardness test kit to their toolbox.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
One of the Best GFRC Mix Designs

Large GFRC concrete countertop with a slanting sink made by Brandon Gore.Let’s start at the beginning: What is GFRC, what are its benefits and what are its downsides?
GFRC stands for glass-fiber reinforced concrete. The GFRC I use is a composite of portland cement, silica sand, Forton VF-774 , Liquefaction Compound, Vitro Minerals VCAS-micronHS, water, and alkali-resistant chopped glass-fiber strands.

Brandon Gore
Jun 19, 2008
The Comfort of Radiant Heat in Concrete

For a snow-melt system, the designer specifies tubing embedded in outdoor or garage slabs.Bob “Hot Rod” Rohr isn’t your everyday installer of heating systems. The Rogersville, Mo., heating expert got turned on to radiant heat about 15 years ago and dove, well, toes-first into the technology.

John Vastyan
Feb 17, 2007
Manufacturer Profile: Custom Rock International

Concrete in Cabela's stores has become a trademark.When decorative concrete is mentioned, typically we’re referring to the booming market in flat concrete — floors, driveways, pool decks, even countertops. However, there are additional, more specialized niches in the decorative concrete arena: simulated rock formations, typically found in zoos, theme parks and resorts; and textured and colored concrete walls, bridges, tunnel portals and other vertical surfaces, found in dozens of applications.

Bruce Hackett
Aug 21, 2002
Color Shines in Prizewinning Stamped Concrete Project

The design for the project evolved during a couple of visits to the site and four or five different sketches for a two-tier patio, plus a lower seating area, on the Krepskys’ sloping yard.

Joe Maty
Decorative Concrete Tips: A sound foundation for your countertops

Decorative Concrete Tips: A sound foundation for your countertopsWhen blueprinting the process of forming cast-on-site counters, an important detail that's overlooked, is using the right material for the job.

John Kipp
Oct 31, 2005
Decorative Concrete Tips: How to Prep for a Diving Board Mount on a Pool Deck

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?

Bart Sacco
Feb 22, 2002
Top Marketing Trends for 2017 Focus on Websites, Newsletters and Social Media

The beginning of a new calendar year marks the time when many reflect on the past 12 months and set goals for the coming year. In the practice of marketing, we often examine what methods worked in promoting our company’s products and services.

Ashley Kizzire
Secrets to Special Effects with Concrete Stains

The nation's best decorative concrete artisans have years of experience laying down color combinations that glow, spark and shimmer. Even better, they're willing to share their secrets with you.The nation's best decorative concrete artisans have years of experience laying down color combinations that glow, spark and shimmer. Even better, they're willing to share their secrets with you.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Jun 1, 2007
Fabulous Formations: Eight Tips for Installing Rock-and-Water Features with Precast Pieces

Custom rock features and hardscapes built from glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) are high-end features added to landscapes at luxury homes or commercial developments.

Editors
Apr 9, 2011
Design Ideas: Restaurants

To sample just a few of the flavors of decorative concrete that can be found in the newest restaurants, follow us to Modesto, Calif., San Diego, Calif., Covington, La., and St. Louis, Mo.

Natasha Chilingerian
Apr 9, 2010
Filler Up! The Importance of Control Joint Fillers

The choice of filler and sealant product for a decorative slab is influenced by the amount of movement taking place, the kind of abuse the surface will be taking, and, of course, how the filler will look.

Loretta Hall
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