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Dan Lynch Concrete Floors Marrero, Louisiana

Dan Lynch Concrete Floors Marrero, LouisianaDan Lynch, a concrete artisan known for his concrete floors that look like wood, grew up in Southern Louisiana, near New Orleans, with five sisters, three brothers and a father who did concrete work. In his N’awlins drawl, Lynch says he’s “53 years young,” and he’s the only one of his siblings who still does concrete work.

Vanessa Salvia
Dec 11, 2017
Four Chosen for Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame Honor

Four Chosen for Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame HonorThe Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame added four more names to its roster when it welcomed its newest members during a ceremony and dinner held Monday, Nov. 6, at the 2017 Concrete Decor Show in Palm Harbor, Florida. Ben Ashby, David De Angelis and Glen Roman received plaques during the gala, while Francis “Sully” Sullivan was inducted posthumously.

Editors
Dec 8, 2017
How Important is Education to the Decorative Concrete Industry?

How Important is Education to Our Industry?Is training still relevant in the decorative concrete industry? Has the industry reached the maturity stage in its life cycle which directly impacts the desire or need to be trained? Or are we on a plateau, about to witness yet another surge of growth with new technologies and methods?

Chris Sullivan
Dec 25, 2017
San Antonio Decorative Concrete: The Alamodome

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Contractor: Stone Care of Texas,  San Antonio, Texas

Stone Care of Texas, based in San Antonio, was called upon to restore the flooring to its original state and provide a low-maintenance solution.

Editors
Feb 19, 2012
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!”

Editors
Oct 25, 2004
A Primer on Pozzolans

Portland cement consists primarily of calcium silicates. When mixed with water, a chemical reaction known as hydration creates calcium silicate hydrate (CSH). Needle-like crystals of CSH interlock to hold concrete together, almost like a glue.Portland cement consists primarily of calcium silicates. When mixed with water, a chemical reaction known as hydration creates calcium silicate hydrate (CSH). Needle-like crystals of CSH interlock to hold concrete together, almost like a glue.

Michael Chusid
Mar 1, 2005
Shotcrete Design Tips: Getting it Right

There are a number of principles that come into play when designing a landscape, including proportion, unity, balance and rhythm. These principles should also be considered when incorporating faux rock into a landscape setting.There are a number of principles that come into play when designing a landscape, including proportion, unity, balance and rhythm. These principles should also be considered when incorporating faux rock into a landscape setting.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Apr 21, 2006
Arcon, Las Vegas, Nevada: Innovative Leader in Decorative Concrete

Concrete floor in a high traffic retail spaceArcon is an innovative industry leader of new technology in cementitious, decorative, architectural flooring. Using structural concrete and overlayment, the company has provided an alternate to tile, stone, asphalt, Kool Deck, terrazzo, marble and other hard-surface flooring materials on many different projects.

Editors
Oct 25, 2003
What to Expect When Mixing Concrete With Glass

Looking closely at a bar top that is inlayed with glassUnlike water and oil, glass and concrete do mix and can marry well under the right circumstances. On the other hand, the union may not remain solvent if the chemistry isn’t there to deter the main reason this coupling would meet its demise: alkali-silica reaction (ASR).

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 9, 2011
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. 

Debby and Keith Davis
Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Amy Johnson
Jul 9, 2012
Gore Design Co. Countertop and Sink Molds

Brand Gore modular sink mold When asked how Gore Design Co.'s two (and soon to be three) integral sink molds set themselves apart in the marketplace, Gore Design principal Brandon J. Gore says it's a matter of timeliness.

Editors
Jan 23, 2006
Counter-Flo Concrete Countertop Admixture: a water reducer

Fritz Pak Concrete Countertop admixture water reducerCounter-Flo Concrete Countertop Admixture, an admixture from Fritz-Pak Corp., is intended to solve that problem. It’s a water reducer designed for use when creating concrete countertops and statuary. It helps concrete maintain an adequate flow rate with less water, allowing a contractor to lower the amount added to a mix.

Editors
Sep 1, 2005
How to Get Your Projects Noticed by Editors

Trade-magazine editors are always looking for great projects to cover and they love to hear from contractors who have a story — and great photos — to share.

Kari Moosmann
Problems with Curing Compound and Wet-Grind Scratch Rows on Concrete

Problems with Curing Compound and Wet-Grind Scratch RowsA dissipating cure is exactly the right compound to use on a polished concrete floor. Generally, these types of curing compounds break down from traffic and exposure to sunlight and are mostly gone within a few weeks.

David Stephenson
Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum

Natasha Chilingerian
Dec 31, 2011
Fast Install of Microtoppings in Old Building Pushes Concrete Contractor to the Limit

Concrete floor with cementitious overlays

Joe Maty
The Pros and Cons of Taking On Military Concrete Polishing Projects

AAFES (Army & Air Force Exchange Service) showcases polished concrete projects in many of its stores up to 150,000 square feet.

As a polishing consultant I get to wear several different hats, but by far the largest amount of my time is spent managing polished concrete programs for retailers. Polished concrete is an aesthetically beautiful and valuable flooring solution, but it is fairly specialized.

David Stephenson
Feb 27, 2013
The Science of Concrete Mixes

Using a little bit of research, a dash of cunning and a lot of experimentation, developing your own mix designs can save you from many decorative concrete pitfalls.

Christina Camara
Mar 12, 2008
Repairing Decorative Concrete

Colors must be matched. Costs must be controlled. There are all sorts of variables to consider when repairing a decorative concrete floor. Luckily, several products aim to help you get things fixed.

Mike Dawson
Design Ideas: Sports Stadiums Embrace Decorative Concrete

Three of the nation’s most beloved sports franchises - the New York Yankees, Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys - embraced decorative concrete when they built their new homes. 

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Feb 8, 2010
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