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Hashtags: What They Are and How to Use Them Effectively

Hashtags: What They Are and How to Use Them EffectivelyDo you remember the last time you saw a hashtag? Chances are it was in the last hour but at least sometime today, and it may not have even been on a social network. Hashtags are everywhere these days, from your favorite TV show to highway billboards. As such, they can and should be a part of your social media strategy. The key is using them effectively.

Lindsey Congeni
Dec 8, 2017
Where Have All the (Skilled) Workers Gone?

Where Have All the (Skilled) Workers Gone?Having had the opportunity to travel this great nation from coast to coast and visiting many places in between, I’ve heard a common statement about the current state of the construction marketplace in general and the decorative marketplace in particular. Sometimes it is uttered as a rhetorical question.

Greg Iannone
Dec 8, 2017
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
Art Deco Garage, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Natasha Chilingerian
Jun 5, 2012
How to Store Partially-used Concrete Sealers

Two men using a concrete sealer to finish off a beautiful outdoor decorative concrete patio.One-part concrete sealer products are easily stored for reuse in the future. Of course, you want to avoid foreign contaminants, so don’t pour back into the container what you may have portioned off unless you strain the used material first.

Susan Brimo-Cox
Jul 3, 2005
Decorative Concrete Tips: Complete Estimates are an Essential Part of the Job

The Importance of EstimatingFor the decorative concrete contractor — or any contractor — the estimating stage of any project is critical. Here at the Renew-Crete Systems training seminars, I stress the importance of a complete and thorough estimate.

Joe Francis
Mar 14, 2003
Enjoy Limitless Possibilities with Concrete Waterfalls

Above: This conceptual rendering of a residential pool with a 30-foot infinity edge waterfall was created by Lakeland Co. for a Sandpoint, Idaho, client using 3-D computer modeling software. Below: Construction of the Sandpoint, Idaho, pool project as planned in the rendering. Massive footers and rebar were required for a water feature of this size at this location.These days, homeowners who fall for waterfalls may be able to get exactly what they have in mind. Thanks to decorative concrete, options are almost limitless.

Sue Marquette Poremba
May 31, 2009
Sparkling Wine with Polished Concrete Floors to Match

Anthony Allen, owner of the largest winery in Maryland, knew he wanted a very special floor for his newly renovated wine-tasting and banquet rooms, located in a former dairy barn.

Pat Wilson
Oct 17, 2006
Choosing a Nonslip Additive for Your Floor Coating

Don't Slip,
Get a Grip

Choosing a nonslip additive for your floor coating


Peter Collins
Apr 30, 2013
A Primer on Polymer Cement: An In-Depth Look at the Basics

Polymer-modified cement products and how they workThe use of polymer-modified cement products in the decorative concrete industry is common practice. Unfortunately, these products are also commonly misunderstood. This article will cover what they are, how they work, what they do.

Susan Brimo-Cox
May 2, 2003
Concrete Books Line the Walls at Headquarters

Rows and rows of simulated shelved books crafted from glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC)Rows and rows of simulated shelved books crafted from glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) line 1,500-plus square feet of the first-floor entrance and corridors, reflecting the Web-based megaretailer’s humble beginning as an online bookstore.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Feb 19, 2012
Concrete is an Expansive Canvas at Acanthus Inc.

Shellie Rigsby Cordell staining an image on a concrete floor.Shellie Rigsby started by conquering acid stain. Now, the Texas-based artist is setting her sights even higher.

John Strieder
Jan 20, 2007
Is Your Ready Mix Plant Ready for Integral Colors?

Retro computer monitor connected to pallets of pigments used to color integral colored concrete. Photograph courtesy of Davis ColorsComputerized systems make integral color to your concrete as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Stacey Klemenc
Mar 1, 2003
Product Focus: The Colorspreader from Triple Hard Tools

Emily Dixon
Oct 21, 2012
Rich Redwood Colored Concrete Stain Bring Health Village to Life

The stainers tried to make each wall look like a unique set of panels. Muse Concrete Contractors Inc. of Redding, Calif., did its part to create the illusion by developing tilt-up wall forms that replicated the rough, uneven sides of the old huts.Is it redwood or is it concrete? A Sacramento contractor creates a Native American health center with reactive-stained walls

John Strieder
Jun 19, 2006
Alternatives to Liquid and Powder Release for Concrete

What do dice and sea shells have in common with concrete.Liquid and powder aren't a contractor's only choices when considering release agents, and Richard Smith's contracting company seems to have explored many of the alternatives.

Feb 22, 2006
Creating Color Designs with Rachel Knigge-Bruce's Stencils
Steven H. Miller, CDT
Feb 19, 2012
How to Eliminate White Specks in Colored Concrete

Everyone knows you should use white cement to bring out brilliant colors in your concrete projects (see Concrete Decor's Feb./March issue). What isn't so widely known is how to prevent white specks from appearing in some of those deeper colors.Everyone knows you should use white cement to bring out brilliant colors in your concrete projects. What isn't so widely known is how to prevent white specks from appearing in some of those deeper colors.

Lee Dawson
May 26, 2006
Lanier Charter Career Academy Culinary Arts Complex, Gainesville, Ga.

The terms “polishing” and burnishing” are sometimes used interchangeably in the decorative concrete industry to describe two very different processes.

Elizabeth Gillette Offensend
Feb 11, 2011
Concrete Home, Chehalis, Wash.

In this house, concrete is everywhere, from the floors to the walls to the tabletops.

Chris Camara
Dec 10, 2007
Product Focus: Polyurea-1 HD from Citadel Polyurea Coatings

Every manufacturer hopes they will develop a product that is truly versatile. Citadel Polyurea Coatings may have come close to that goal with their new Polyurea-1 HD coating.

Aug 9, 2011