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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.

Joint fillers and sealants are prevalent on commercial concrete floors

FLOORING IT: Fillers and sealants are fast friends for commercial jobsNeed some perspective from the field on fillers and sealants? The people who are most likely to spend time with them are those who work on floors, with a heavy emphasis on the commercial and industrial markets.

K. Schipper
Oct 20, 2017
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Mechanical engineer chooses concrete over current job

Joshua Thiel, Thiel Studios, Palm Beach, FloridaFor as long as he can remember, Joshua Thiel has had a passion for creating and building while also finding innovative solutions to problems. After going to school for mechanical engineering and spending years fabricating and learning how to work with different materials, it seemed like a natural fit to dive into concrete.

Jacqueline Valle
Oct 10, 2017
Joint Ventures: Deciding to use fillers or sealants to finish a job

Joint fillers and sealants are prevalent on commercial concrete floorsCall them fillers or call them sealants (people often use the terms interchangeably), but it’s a good bet if you’re involved with concrete work, you’ve run into determining what to do with the joints.

K. Schipper
Oct 16, 2017
Tips and Techniques for Stamping Concrete Overlays

Stamped overlays are a versatile solution for many flooring needs. Experts share their tips for success.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Jan 6, 2004
How Spirit Stone Merged Concrete and Art

spirit stone leaf pendantsFor a man who’s been into concrete as far back as he can remember, the business has changed a lot since he ran Carl Concrete Construction in Greensboro, North Carolina. Now co-owner of Spirit Stone, Bill Carl has moved away from the traditional uses of concrete to its more artistic side.

Jacqueline Valle
Cutting Pictures in Concrete with Diamonds - Premier Veneers

Jeffrey Donius project - renovated concrete floorA design from the front of a jewelry case in the owner’s family was painstakingly re-created in concrete and enclosed by a circular border.

Editors
Aug 17, 2003
Improve Your Outcome with Concrete Stencils

Successs with concrete stencilsStenciling is so much quicker is that all work can be done from outside the forms using long-handled tools. The pattern is provided by the stencils, and texturing may be accomplished with lightweight textured rollers.

Steve VandeWater
Pit Stops with Pizzazz

Florida turnpike decorative concreteIf Florida’s Turnpike were a rail line, the Fort Drum service plaza in the south central part of the state would be the equivalent of New York’s Grand Central Station, with glitzy interior treatments that include terrazzo floors and decorative exterior treatments and landscaping that evoke Florida’s unique natural environs.

Joe Maty
It's Time to CARE About Sales Silence

The sound of silence represents the ability to truly hear what prospects are saying. Small child drawing a chart with chalk on a blackboard.

Shhhh… Close your eyes and don’t make a sound. The sound of silence is the sound of sales increasing substantially for you and your company. The sound of silence represents the ability to truly hear what prospects are saying, before worrying about your next statement. It also represents the lack of time salespeople spend honing their sales skills

Ken Lundin
Attain More Color Variations with Acrylic Concrete Stains

Acrylic stains for concrete often replace acids -- but even more intriguingly, the two can work together. Orange, Brown, Green and tan acrylic concrete stain in a geometric textured pattern.Acrylic stains for concrete often replace acids — but even more intriguingly, the two can work together.

Mike Dawson
Jan 24, 2007
The Top 7 Mistakes that Can Make or Break Your Concrete Countertop Business

concrete countertop at catch kitchen and barAvoiding certain pitfalls can mean the difference between a struggling hobby and a thriving business. When it comes to countertops, here are a few of the most common mistakes we at the Concrete Countertop Institute think are the biggest stumbling blocks for aspiring concrete countertop contractors.

Lane Mangum
How We Installed Overlay Over a Wood Deck

Todd Fisher
Dec 19, 2012
How to Apply Texture Crete to Concrete Surfaces

Cementitious overlay product in a checker board pattern by Life Deck, Texture-Crete.Texture-Crete, manufactured by Life Deck, is a polymer-modified cementitious coating that can be applied to existing concrete surfaces as well as plywood decks. The coating creates a decorative and safe textured finish with numerous color and texture options.

Editors
Jul 22, 2003
Perfect Fixes for Polished Concrete Floors

Prior to polishing a concrete floor, cracks are being filled with a two part epoxy

Wade Christensen
Aug 13, 2013
From Concrete Mountains to Concrete Mine Shafts, Lakeland Makes it all

Maintenance is minimal on outdoor concrete waterfalls. The UV light is the most damaging.Near Lake Tahoe, a 24-foot tall mountain gushing numerous waterfalls, pools, and a meandering stream winding through the grounds. On the side of the mountain you can see an old, abandoned mineshaft with a rusted railcar on the siding. Birds fly from tree branch to streamside as water gently splashes over rocks. It certainly looks and sounds real, but it's not.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Jul 7, 2003
Artistry and Color Give Restaurant Its Visual Zest

Stained and Polished Concrete in RestaurantSpice 6, a fast-casual restaurant in Hyattsville, Md., serves up a zesty visual feast that complements its Chipotle-like “modern Indian” bill of fare.

Joe Maty
Oct 1, 2013
Refurbishing A Black Concrete Floor In A Modern Home

black concrete floor in art deco house

Vanessa Salvia
Tips and Hints from the Concrete Pros

A well trained dog holding a ball on his nose. a small sampling of helpful hints shared at demonstrations sponsored by the Decorative Concrete Council during the recent annual meeting of the American Society of Concrete Contractors.A small sampling of helpful hints shared at demonstrations sponsored by the Decorative Concrete Council during the recent annual meeting of the American Society of Concrete Contractors.

Editors
Nov 10, 2005
Jordan Ford Auto Dealership, San Antonio, Texas

A floor in a new-car showroom should be as luxurious as the merchandise. Epoxy with metallic effects fit the bill here.

Elizabeth Gillette
Aug 8, 2009
The Upside of Overlays

For contractors and clients looking to improve an existing slab, fix failing concrete or just put some extra decorative oomph onto a surface, cementitious overlays are tops.

Elizabeth Gillette
Feb 13, 2009
Remaking Rocketown

A Nashville youth center gets a  decorative concrete makeover as part of  the 2011 Concrete Decor Show & Spring Training

Emily Dixon
Apr 9, 2011
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