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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.

Former Army Ranger Builds A Construction Company Employing Vets

Vet Embarks on Mission: to Build a CompanyRich Verdone is an Army Ranger veteran with five tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, but his devotion to duty and his fellow soldiers marches on here at home. He’s now on a mission to build a construction company on a foundation of the skills and dedication of U.S. military veterans.

Joe Maty
Sep 11, 2017
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Sundek Recognizes 42 Concrete Projects in 2017

Sundek Recognizes 42 Projects in 2017A total of 42 awards were presented at the 2017 Sundek Awards Banquet during the company’s 33rd annual convention in Hilton Fort Worth earlier this year.

Editors
Sep 1, 2017
How to Protect Concrete During Construction

How to Protect Concrete During ConstructionPolished concrete as a finish is reliant on the concrete substrate to be in good shape to provide the end user with a beautiful and durable finish. Owners don’t like blemishes and amazingly the worst issues seem to happen in the main entranceways. Here, I’ll address the most common issues in order of their likelihood of happening.

David Stephenson
Sep 18, 2017
Sept. 11 Memorial Honors Loss with "Reflecting Absence" Design

Architect Michael Arad, along with landscape architect Peter Walker, designed the memorial to honor the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon and in a field near Shanksville, Pa. The memorial also honors the six people killed in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Editors
Pneumatic Chip-broadcast Hopper Gun

mica chip broadcasting hand held tool. Pneumatic chip broadcasting tool.Traditionally, when decorative or specialty flooring contractors wanted to broadcast decorative vinyl color chips or colored quartz onto a horizontal or vertical surface, they preferred doing it by hand.

Editors
Feb 20, 2007
Whiteboard Videos Draw Attention to Your Message

White Board Video infographic, marketing & business development for the concrete contractor.If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a video worth?

Lindsay Chelf
Toucan Ridge in the Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

In August 2010, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy in Winnipeg contacted Randall Klassen, owner of the design/build firm, to get a quote for the demolition and removal of the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Tropical House. The house, which opened in 1968, had fallen into disrepair. The conservancy wanted to replace it with a rocky tropical oasis for animals, birds and plants native to South and Central America’s rain forests.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 9, 2011
CIM College Program Graduates Can Land Good-Paying Construction Jobs

students working on a concrete block - Collaboration between industry and academia has created a mix of in-class learning and hands-on experience that is helping to solve an ongoing challenge for the concrete sector -- adding youth to the workforce.Collaboration between industry and academia has created a mix of in-class learning and hands-on experience that is helping to solve an ongoing challenge for the concrete sector — adding youth to the workforce.

Erik Pisor
Oct 1, 2015
Making New Concrete Blend with the Old

Concrete sign that blends in with it's older surroundingsThere have always been ways to make new projects blend into their older surroundings, but Sophisticated Finishes by Triangle Coatings Inc. offers a truly aged look.

Editors
Jan 12, 2007
Top Marketing Trends for 2017 Focus on Websites, Newsletters and Social Media

The beginning of a new calendar year marks the time when many reflect on the past 12 months and set goals for the coming year. In the practice of marketing, we often examine what methods worked in promoting our company’s products and services.

Ashley Kizzire
Choosing the Best Densifier for Your Polishing Project

How strong (in compression or psi) does concrete have to be to take a polish without densifier? Getting an answer for this one was pretty straightforward -- 5,000 psi to 6,000 psi, depending on the aggregate.How strong (in compression or psi) does concrete have to be to take a polish without densifier? Getting an answer for this one was pretty straightforward — 5,000 psi to 6,000 psi, depending on the aggregate.

Mark Celebuski
Oct 21, 2012
Concrete Stenciling Fresh-poured Vertical Surfaces

Vertical Stenciled Concrete can be a neat way to bring your design upwardsIf you are stenciling fresh-poured concrete there may be vertical surfaces you also want to stencil, such as step fronts or the lips around the edge of a patio where you may want the pattern to roll over the edge. Various contractors use different techniques to tackle these challenging surfaces.

Editors
Jun 2, 2004
Decorative Concrete Tips: Evaporation Reducers

Sunset over lake wisps of evaporation off a crack in a glacier. epod.usra.edu We all know that the weather plays a huge factor in our trade. Trying to figure out the ever-changing weather conditions and how they affect our work is the lifelong journey of every dedicated concrete installer. As we all know, weather can change in a very short period of time despite what the weatherman calls for on TV.

Bart Sacco
Dec 1, 2002
Concord Aviation Hangar, Concord, N.C.

Ted Uram
Nov 9, 2011
Concrete Overlay Is A Big Part of College's New Design

concrete overlay, CTS Rapid Set

Vanessa Salvia
Artisan in Concrete: Mike Denny, Artistic Concrete Surfaces

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Dec 19, 2012
A Florida Cow Town Recreated in Concrete

The The “Florida cracker” cowboy rode off into the sunset long ago. But thanks to a design team’s partnership with decorative concrete company Edwards Concrete, residents of a central Florida community can immerse themselves in the region’s frontier days.

Joe Maty
Feb 2, 2013
Flashy Mica Flake Attracts Concrete Artisans

Mica flake concrete flooring

Joe Maty
Branching Out

A decorative concrete supply store in Michigan dazzles customers with its new showroom.

Lori Zecca
Jan 7, 2011
How Contractors Handle Maintenance

Picking the right sealer. Teaching the client. Selling a plan. Contractors have several ways to make sure their projects — their calling cards — stay maintained, durable and looking great.

Amy Johnson
Jul 8, 2010
What to Do When Decorative Concrete Cracks

Grout it, fill it or design around it? In decorative concrete, every crack presents a contractor with a unique set of problems.

Sue Marquette Poremba
May 11, 2009
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