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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.

Match the Mix with the Right Equipment

Match the Mix with the Right EquipmentToo often mixing decorative overlays becomes an afterthought or path of least resistance process. This is the drill and paddle I have used for years, so it must be OK. Worse yet, and I am guilty of this, those of us on the training and manufacturing side default to whatever mixer is provided when we show up for a product demonstration.

Chris Sullivan
Oct 27, 2017
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20-foot carved concrete fireplace stands out in 2017 Parade of Homes

A Matter of the HearthWhen Troy Lemon the concrete sculptor met up with Troy Wolfiss the home builder, a fireplace of great proportions ensued. Wolfiss, owner of Artisan Craft Homes, busily designed his new home which would be part of the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids’ Spring Parade of Homes.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Nov 3, 2017
Concrete Coating Products Continue to Evolve

Concrete Coating Products Continue to EvolveFirst came the revolution. The decorative concrete wave swept the concrete construction trade not so long ago, churning up myriad visual concepts and the materials that made them happen. As the wave receded, decorative concrete concepts, methods and materials entered an evolutionary phase.

Joe Maty
Oct 23, 2017
Action at the World of Concrete 2003

Example of a cementitious topping on a concrete slab that was then polished.World of Concrete 2003 delighted the attendees with all aspects of decorative concrete from polishing to stamping and everything in between.

Editors
Mar 1, 2003
Integral Pigment for Concrete by Construcolor USA

B01 was originally introduced in Mexico in the mid-1990s, then came to Texas in the late 1990s. Brad Adcock, owner of San Antonio-based Commercial Concrete Inc., has been using it ever since. Both he and Jimenez agree there are two key advantages to using the gel pigment.Designed as an easier-to-use, more controllable color system, Construcolor B01 integral pigment is a liquid gel that has been winning over skeptics for the last decade.

Editors
Aug 9, 2011
Footprints When Acid Staining Concrete - Tread Lightly Every Step of the Way

mistakes in acid staining concrete - Question: The last two times I have acid stained existing, untreated, basement concrete floors, I've unintentionally created footprints in the acid stain finish. I didn't create them by walking across the wet stain, as I always use spiked sandals when I apply stain.Question: The last two times I have acid stained existing, untreated, basement concrete floors, I’ve unintentionally created footprints in the acid stain finish. I didn’t create them by walking across the wet stain, as I always use spiked sandals when I apply stain.

Chris Sullivan
Jul 1, 2015
Colored Pervious Concrete Used in Award-Winning Park

Water dripping through pervious concrete sample.With the addition of color and increased attention to texture and detail, pervious concrete is now being specified for public parks, fine residences, and other hardscapes where appearance is as important to the environment as drainage.

Michael Chusind
Dec 24, 2005
Taking Great Project Photos with Your Phone Camera

Iphoneography — or “i4neography” — is a term that has been around for a few years, and as you may have guessed, it pertains to photography via iPhones.

Steven Ochs
Nov 1, 2013
How to Officially Test Slump in Concrete

For practical purposes, most seasoned contractors can tell if the slump is right when they see the concrete coming down the chute.Most decorative concrete contractors don’t conduct standardized tests when pouring driveways, pool decks or the like. For practical purposes, most seasoned contractors can tell if the slump is right when they see the concrete coming down the chute. Learn how to get official results the easy way.

Editors
Oct 9, 2004
Main Valet Driveway at Caesars Palace

Like any concrete surface that leads to the front entrance of a major Las Vegas hotel, the driveway at the main valet area of Caesars Palace is subject to all kinds of wear and tear. Like any concrete surface that leads to the front entrance of a major Las Vegas hotel, the driveway at the main valet area of Caesars Palace is subject to all kinds of wear and tear.

Natasha Chilingerian
Jan 1, 2013
A Washington Bridge with Stratified Characteristics

Spanning 480 feet across Interstate 520 in Redmond, Wash., the NE 36th Street Bridge is not your average overpass.Spanning 480 feet across Interstate 520 in Redmond, Wash., the NE 36th Street Bridge is not your average overpass.

Kelly O'Brien
Apr 19, 2012
Mike Cook explains how to mass-produces concrete countertop slabs

Move over marble, granite and engineered composites. With the popularity of concrete countertops on the rise, the time has come for mass-produced precast concrete slabs to enter into the fray.Move over marble, granite and engineered composites. With the popularity of concrete countertops on the rise, the time has come for mass-produced precast concrete slabs to enter into the fray.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
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.”

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jun 5, 2012
Silica Dust Control - Stop breathing sand

The Dangers of Silica Dust image from https://sites.google.com/site/dangerdustdisease/As an ingredient in most concrete mixtures, crystalline silica is virtually guaranteed to be present on any decorative concrete job site.

Kelly O'Brien
Feb 13, 2008
10 Noteworthy Products in the Decorative Concrete Industry

pervious concrete - Decorative concrete artisans are not only a creative bunch. They also are quick to figure out if there's a better way to do something. Some of our top 10 noteworthy products from recent years are about more-efficient production while others involve cool technology that we hope will soon make its way into the forefront of daily work.Decorative concrete artisans are not only a creative bunch. They also are quick to figure out if there’s a better way to do something. Some of our top 10 noteworthy products from recent years are about more-efficient production while others involve cool technology that we hope will soon make its way into the forefront of daily work.

 

Editors
Jul 1, 2015
Self-Cleaning Concrete using Photocatalysts

Strong sunlight or ultraviolet light decomposes many organic materials in a slow, natural process. You have seen this process, for example, in the way the plastic dashboard of your truck fades and gets brittle over time.This photocatalyst reacts to light and breaks down dirt, mold and pollution. It keeps concrete clean and cleans up the air at the same time!.

Michael Chusid
Aug 29, 2005
Silicon Valley Sculpted Hillside, Saratoga, Calif.

Chris Mayo
Dec 31, 2011
Stamping Mats from Concrete Artwork

Concrete Artwork Ltd released new stamping mats allowing customers to get the stamped look they wantStamping mats from Concrete Artwork won't give you the look of brick, tile or slate. Instead, they'll allow you to offer your customers eye-catching art stamped into their patio, driveway, vertical wall or walkway.

Editors
Mar 11, 2003
Technology: Polyaspartics

Funny name, serious benefits: Polyaspartic coatings and sealers boast rapid cure times, UV stability, abrasion resistance and more.

Amy Johnson
May 31, 2009
Polishable Overlays

Thin coatings that can be polished work wonders on new and old floors, but applying them requires knowledge and skill.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Nov 10, 2010
Artisan in Concrete: CSolutions, Atlanta, Ga.

Decorative work is a growing part of this groundbreaking company, where business savvy meets design expertise.

Christina Camara
Mar 18, 2009
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