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Stay Safe on the Job Site with the Proper Personal Protective Equipment

Man troweling concrete with gloves and a hard hatIn recent months, most of the safety emphasis in the industry has been on crystalline silica and new regulations designed to keep it out of concrete workers’ lungs.

Both equipment manufacturers and contractors have worked hard to come up with new products and processes to keep their workers safe.

K. Schipper
Nov 27, 2018
Technology Will Improve Job Site Safety

When it comes to safety in the construction industry, technological advances will make the workplace of the future more connected.When it comes to safety in the construction industry, technological advances will make the workplace of the future more connected.

K. Schipper
Nov 28, 2018
Developing Technology: Installing Heated Concrete Countertops

In the past five years, heated concrete countertops have become more popular and remodelers, contractors and renovators are faced with the task of how best to install them.In the past five years, heated concrete countertops have become more popular and remodelers, contractors and renovators are faced with the task of how best to install them.

Jahn Stopperan
Nov 23, 2018
New Paladiano "Wonders of the World" Stamp Line

Paladino stamp pattern stained with various brown colors in alternating secession.

There is something that could be said about the connection between wine and the invention of a great idea.

This certainly holds true for Bob Harris, president of the Decorative Concrete Institute.

Editors
Feb 13, 2009
Helping Decorative Concrete Survive the Winter

shoveling snow on stamped concreteWinter and freeze-thaw have a way of exposing defects in concrete we normally would not see in warmer regions.

Bart Sacco
Jan 2, 2014
Thin Is In: Micro-toppings Offer Beauty and Versatility

Logo of a Native American is placed on concrete using mircrotopping

Architectural micro-toppings are as versatile as they are beautiful.

Defined by their thickness — or lack of it — they are generally between 1/32-inch and 1/8-inch thick. They are typically applied with a trowel or squeegee but can also be broom finished.

Denise Wendt
Sep 2, 2003
UV Cured Coatings for Concrete are Back in the Mix

 UV Cure Coatings for ConcreteConcrete artisans and contractors are always searching for the ideal coating, but end-users and equipment manufacturers are behind the latest push for one specific coating formulation — UV-cure.

Amy Johnson
Jan 6, 2016
A Washington Bridge with Stratified Characteristics

Spanning 480 feet across Interstate 520 in Redmond, Wash., the NE 36th Street Bridge is not your average overpass.Spanning 480 feet across Interstate 520 in Redmond, Wash., the NE 36th Street Bridge is not your average overpass.

Kelly O'Brien
Apr 19, 2012
Cutting Pictures in Concrete with Diamond Blades

Engraved multicolored butterfly created with an artful eye.Discovering the right tools and techniques can make pictures in concrete very fun and rewarding.

Elise Crain
Oct 2, 2001
Keep Concrete Simple!

Concrete contractor giving a concrete countertop a final inspection.We have staining over stamping, stamping over overlay, stamped walls, stained walls. It's crazy — who keeps raising the bar? The answer is THE MARKET. This explosion of decorative concrete is market-driven. Folks want it, and it's more than just a fad. It must be a little overwhelming to contractors just entering this exciting business.

Editors
Feb 6, 2004
Prepping Your Finished Concrete Surface for a Sealer

How to fix cloudy sealer on concrete surfaces.

Surface preparation is a commonly used term in the decorative concrete industry. An argument can be made that it might even just be the most used term in the industry. We hear or read about it most often when dealing with overlays and stains. Grind, scarify, acid etch, etc.

Chris Sullivan
Apr 9, 2011
Wine Caves Built with Bridge System

In the heart of northern Michigan wine country near Traverse City, Mari Vineyards opened for business in May 2016.In the heart of northern Michigan wine country near Traverse City, Mari Vineyards opened for business in May 2016. The 31,000-square-foot facility was equipped with the usual amenities of a first-rate winery as well as an extensive underground barrel-aging area that has the qualities of a cave.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 16, 2018
Concrete Color Hardeners - A Dual Purpose Application

Concrete contractor throwing color hardener on a fresh concrete slab ready to be stamped or textured.Dry shake hardeners are increasingly popular as coloring agents. Color hardeners are made from cement, sand and pigment, with finishing agents, wetting agents or retardants added to suit manufacturers’ preferences.

John Strieder
Jun 3, 2003
Using Etching Gel to Clean Up Spilled Acid Stain

A stained (by accident) concrete floor - will be cleaned with acid gel.Tamryn Doolan from Surface Gel Tek may have come up with a new use for her etching gel: neutralizing and cleaning up spilled acid stain on concrete.

She sent us a couple of before and after images along with the story.

Editors
Feb 18, 2013
Plastiform Flexible Plastic Forms for Curved Concrete

Radius concrete can be made easier with Plastiform formsForming requirements for decorative concrete often involve radius and curved sections. Plastiform™ concrete forms can be used to set up curves as small as a 3-foot bend radius. The forms are very quick to setup using a cam-lock clamp that fastens the forms to stakes.

Editors
Aug 18, 2002
How to Design, Cast and Install a Concrete Oven Hood - Part 2

Casting an oven hoodThe finish of the hood needs to coincide with the complexity of this application. The expectation of the final outcome, and how you will accommodate errors in the finish, holes, sags, and other blemishes especially considering the mold is assembled as you spray, make it difficult to make a perfect crème finish.

Jeff Kudrick
Apr 19, 2012
Managing Your Decorative Concrete Business for Profit

Manage Your Decorative Concrete Business for ProfitBy my estimation, nearly 80 percent of all decorative concrete businesses fail to reach full earning potential, thanks to some form of mismanagement. Don’t feel bad. This percentage elevates when we combine all other construction trades into the equation.

Doug Carlton
May 4, 2015
Concrete Waterscape Dominated by 40-foot Waterfall

Large waterfall falling over carved rocks that cascades into a pool below.CTS Cement Manufacturing Corp. sent us a story about an enormous waterscape at Cypress Breeze Plantation, a private gated development in north Florida. The job was done by Muud Concrete Design (Multiple Use Unlimited Design), a Los Angeles outfit formed by artisans Adrian Gascon and Neil Hughes.

Editors
Apr 2, 2012
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