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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.

OSHA's New Respirable Crystalline Silica Regulations Do Not Impact All Decorative Concrete Products

OSHA standards for silica dust protection has changed and not all concrete contractors will be effected. - Photo from Concrete Decor archivesChris Sullivan discusses the new OSHA respirable crystalline silica regulation and how it may not impact all decorative concrete products.

Chris Sullivan
May 26, 2017
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The Power of Diamond Grit

Upgrade to Lavina propane and electric concrete grinders One of the largest lighting manufacturers in North America has recently moved its product development to a 132,000-square-foot building in Atlanta, Georgia, and the company chose polished concrete as the most cost-efficient and easy to maintain flooring option.

Concrete Products Work Best When Applied as a System

Concrete Products Work Best When Applied as a System Why use a concrete system, concrete products made by same manufacturer, advantages of concrete system, systems approach for concrete, reduce risks of concrete work with system, concrete benefits with system, using a systems approach, what works best for concrete products. Photo courtesy of Townescapes, Batavia, OhioProducts made by same manufacturer for concrete projects work best as a system.

Greg Iannone
May 26, 2017
Concrete Polishing & Grinding Equipment Specification Report

Best concrete polishing machine to buy or purchase. How to pick the best machine.Know your business and you’ll know what kind of equipment fits your needs. Find the information you need to know in Concrete Decor's Polishing & Grinding Specification Report.

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Jun 13, 2017
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Making Maintenance an Integral Part of Your Concrete Business

Add concrete maintenance to your construction business and you will see a big return.Polished and decorative concrete floor installations accounted for only about a quarter of our business as of the start of this year. Most of our revenues were coming from cleaning, maintenance and restoration services.

Ray Wilkerson
Choosing the Best Mixer for Your Countertop Concrete

Steven Miller
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Everything You Need To Know About Portable Cement Mixers

Portable cement mixers are reliable and multifaceted. Reliable. Multifaceted. Maintainable. Portable concrete mixers are all that and more, says Warren Faler, mixer product manager for Multiquip in Carson, Calif. “They can be productive in a wide variety of applications.”

Jeff Woodard
Aug 7, 2004
The Four Types of Overlays and How to Choose One

David Blasdel
Dec 31, 2011
Recipe: Rustic Chic

A bluestone-stamped field trimmed with richly stained faux beams, this technique is perfectly suited for any room with an upscale rustic theme.

Kelly O'Brien
color recipe
Nov 9, 2011
Barbara Sargent

Sargent had a prestigious career at Lambert Landscape Co. beginning in 1972 until the early 1990s. She rose to the position of vice president, where she was responsible for marketing, customer service and the retail division. It was during her tenure there that she was introduced to Epmar Corp.’s Kemiko stains and coatings and the idea of decorative concrete.

 

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Cutting Pictures in Concrete with Diamonds - Nickel Concrete Staining

Concrete flowers were cut into a concrete floor to add art to this room.Straight lines were created using a worm drive saw; arches were done with a saw mounted on a compass-like device.

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Aug 15, 2003
Fundamentals of Business: Net Benefit and Increasing Your Value to Customers

Valuable products get your customers to see thatYour product is valuable. You know it. You hope your customers know it. But how can you be sure? How can you ensure that your product benefits your customers and, in so doing, benefits your company?
 

Jacob Webb
Fundamentals of Business
Feb 19, 2012
Make a Splash: Transitioning into pool construction

Pouring concrete pool decks

Doug Carlton
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How to Officially Test Slump in Concrete

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.

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Oct 9, 2004
Beyond the Kit: Outdoor Kitchens in Cold Climates

An inviting outdoor kitchen with concrete countertops and a stamped concrete patio in a cold climate.Outdoor kitchens are a popular request no matter where you live, but typically when you read a book or see a television show featuring outdoor kitchens, the contractor is doing them in a warm climate.

Jason Geiser
Apr 19, 2012
Concrete Overlay a Big Part of College's New Design

concrete overlay, CTS Rapid Set

Vanessa Salvia
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Digital Tools for Decorative Concrete: What's the Right Mix?

decorative concrete roadway

Amy Johnson
Contractor Hits a Bullseye with Glow Aggregate

lizard print on grey concrete floorWhat started out as a once-in-a-lifetime hunting adventure turned into a friendship and a trophy-worthy job where contractor Matt Villella, owner of Sierra Concrete Arts in Saint Paul, Minnesota, bagged one of his most memorable projects to date.

Jennifer Byrnes
Concrete Forms and Form Liners for that Natural Look

Form liner textures from Symons enhance the appearance of concrete walls and columns. Hundreds of standard patterns, in four different materials, are available for specifi-cation to create appropriate and attractive architectural finishes.If you’re going to erect a long molded concrete wall, you’re going to be doing a lot of vertical pouring, and one of the most cost-effective ways to do that is with a decorative form liner.

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Jan 25, 2006
Design Ideas: Retail Spaces

From department stores to convenience stores, decorative concrete is turning up in retail spaces across the country.

Emily Dixon
Jul 8, 2010
Sealing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Sometimes a coat of sealer will pop back up just hours after you've put it down. Here's how to keep it in its place.

Rob Spiegel
Maintaining Garage Floors

It can be an easy job. But “easy” doesn’t mean you don’t have to think about or prepare for it.

Mike Dawson
May 7, 2008
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