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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.

Vertical Carving Artist Creates Themed Spaces

Vertical Concrete Creations from Nampa, IdahoBeing in the construction industry his whole life, Dion Battles made the unsurprising leap to decorative concrete, specifically the vertical carving and theming part of the industry, after the nationwide recession hit the residential building industry hard in 2007. 

Jacqueline Valle
Jul 24, 2017
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Glow-in-the-dark Patio: Way Cool for School

Dalton Elementary and Middle School amphitheater, Dalton, OhioJason Geiser, owner of Deco-Crete Supply in Orrville, Ohio, thought a broad, sloping hill at his three children’s new school needed something to transform it from a virtually unusable space to an inviting outdoor classroom. He and the school officials came up with a project that revolved around Geiser building an amphitheater. 

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 24, 2017
Concrete Flooring Restoration Highlights Sanctuary's Conversion

The First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis, University City, MissouriBuilt in Missouri in 1927, the First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis’ sanctuary was recently renovated to modernize its look and feel, while preserving its historic Gothic style. Improvements to the sanctuary’s floor, specifically two rectangular sections under the pews, were vital to this upgrade. 

Erik Pisor
Jul 24, 2017
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
Precast Cement Coving for Floor Coatings and Overlays

Cement coving for floor coating systems keeps a clean edge to an epoxy coating with not sharp corners for dirt to get stuck in.You find them on the floors of restrooms, kitchens and hospitals, among other places: curved, angle-free baseboards called "rolled radius cove." They've been called "ship's cove," too, because they were invented for use on ships to make floors easier to swab clean.

Editors
Feb 16, 2006
Fast Install in Old Building Pushes Contractor to the Limit Weight Watchers International Corporate Offices, Manhattan, N.Y.

Concrete floor with cementitious overlays

Joe Maty
Colormaker Workshop Lights Creative Fires

Colormaker workshop in Eugene, Oregon, group photo of class.Check out the photos from Colormaker Floors’ workshop at the Institute for American Craftsmanship.

Editors
Jan 6, 2005
Rubber Safety Surfacing

Troweling TPV TPV can be applied with a trowel in more than one bright color, as seen here in a four-season room overlooking Rainbow Lake in Michigan. Photo courtesy of American Recycling Center Inc.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Concrete surface retarders deliver practical results with a little artistry

To decorative concrete contractors, surface retarders are valuable tools for both pragmatic and aesthetic reasons. They’re easy to work with, relatively inexpensive — especially considering the costly alternatives of sandblasting or acid washing — and can be used to create endless textures and designs.

David Searls
Apr 10, 2017
Recycling Concrete Can Help in Times of Shortage

Using pieces of leftover concrete is a great way to help when there is a shortage of materials.In order to understand a cement shortage, we must first take a look at the factors that are responsible for the lack of this precious material. They include growth in construction activity, limited supply, and increased shipping rates.

Evan Lloyd
Oct 12, 2004
Tina Anderson, Tri-Co Floors - Redefining Architectural Concrete From the Ground Up

stained concrete by Tina Anderson in a restaurantFrom concept to installation, Tina Anderson's Tri-Co Floors redefines architectural concrete from the ground up.

Robert Simpson
Dec 11, 2001
How to Win a Decorative Concrete Contest: Take Great Photos

Editors
Add Design to Concrete Borders, Edging, Curbs and Gutters

Decorative concrete curb or edging around flower bed separates the grass from the bark mulch under the tree. A look at the possibilites for adding value to projects with decorative concrete edging, curbs, gutters and borders. Here’s a look at some of the possibilities for adding value to these projects with decorative techniques.

Gail Elber
Scoring and Staining Concrete for Geometric Designs

How staining concrete can look like geometric tile.When I’m planning a project with a geometric tile pattern using concrete stain, I always think of the arcade game Q*bert. Many of you probably already know how much of a geek I am but let me remind you of my age. Yes, I grew up playing Q*bert, the original version. The idea that you can take three connected “squares,” change the color for all three and make them appear to be two walls and a floor is pretty cool to me.

Rick Lobdell
Why Add Accelerating Admixtures to Concrete

Concrete contractor on top of a concrete truck adding accelerator admixture to concrete batch.A primer on accelerators and their use in decorative concrete. Accelerators are one of the most popular kinds of chemical admixtures. Like water reducers, retarders and plasticizers, when added to a concrete batch either immediately before or during mixing.

John Strieder
Nov 9, 2005
The Cheng Concrete 2012 Circle of Distinction Winners

Editors
Jul 9, 2012
Nine Novice Stamping Mistakes

How to avoid common mistakes in concrete stamping and how to fix them, Stone look stamped concrete patio looks terrible.

Novice stampers are prone to making a few common mistakes. Some have to do with planning the job. Others have to do with misunderstanding the materials, while still others are simply a lack of familiarity with manipulating stamps and skins. Here’s an opportunity to learn the easy way.

Gail Elber
Trowel & Error: The Challenges of Applying High-Performance Sealers

Chris Sullivan
Dec 20, 2012
Great American Ball Park Dugout Roofs, Cincinnati, Ohio

Decorative concrete does its part to help make the Cincinnati Reds ballpark red.

Kelly O'Brien
Sep 17, 2008
Dye-N-Seal from Brickform

Dye-N-Seal from Brickform is a translucent dye designed to penetrate and color any non-porous cement-based surface. It can be used with or without a stain.

Wendy Ardolino
Artisan in Concrete: Trademark Concrete Systems Inc., Ventura County and Orange County, Calif.

This ambitious outfit maintains two locations to serve the decorative concrete needs of greater Los Angeles.

David Searls
May 11, 2009
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