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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
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
Small Stamped Concrete Project Turned Large

Stamped concrete patio with pergola and fire pit in muted slate colors.What began as the customer’s modest plan for a concrete slab to go under a jumbo-sized hot tub morphed into a three-tier, 2,700-square-foot stamped concrete patio that integrates a spa with two other focal points: an eating area with wood pergola to house an outdoor kitchen, and a recessed fire-pit area with sitting wall.

Joe Maty
Jun 6, 2013
A Concrete Tree Celebrates the Branches of a Family-Owned Business

Steven Ochs Smith Paints concrete tree

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Eugene, Oregon's own Concrete Craftsmen, Water Brothers Construction Inc.

Cast in place countertop where a fossilized shells were tapped into the surface by Water Bros. Concrete out of Eugene Oregon.Installing foundations keeps this company grounded. Decorative concrete allows it to soar.

John Strieder
Nov 1, 2005
Manufacturer Profile: Architectural Concrete Looks and Feels Like Stone

The form itself does everything because the concrete fills in the cracks, and it flows very nicely.Arch-Crete's lightweight forming system gives the look and feel of real stone.

Christina Camara
Jan 31, 2006
Stop Concrete Moisture Problems and Concrete Color Problems

Decorative concrete used in an outdoor theme park like setting. Densifiers helped keep staining substances from penetrating the concrete.Densifier stops the deterioration and improves the integrity of the concrete. For new concrete, it is used as a cure. For older concrete, it can be used as a "densifying" sealer under the decorative overlayment.

Robin Suttell
Jul 3, 2001
Forming techniques for concrete countertops and elements

Forms serve many functions beyond simply containing the concrete. The formwork defines the precision and, to some extent, the quality of the casting. Well-made forms create straight lines, fair curves and right angles and lead to easy, effortless installation.

Jeffrey Girard, P.E.
Apr 10, 2017
River Scene Incorporated into Building's Polished Concrete Floor Before Building Was Constructed

concrete river in floor

A handcrafted 5,900-square-foot meandering river scene incorporated into the building’s polished concrete floor before the building was constructed. Womack also manufactured and installed three different versions of concrete countertops, and finished the exterior concrete with custom pattern mats and a unique stain.

K. Schipper
Diane's Beachwear, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Natasha Chilingerian
Nov 9, 2011
How to Win a Decorative Concrete Contest: Take Great Photos

Contests that showcase handsome decorative concrete projects are helpful twofold — they promote quality craftspeople and they provide bona fide examples for companies that make or distribute the products. Either way, they’re good for business.

Editors
May 13, 2013
Plastic Replacement Blades for Power Trowels

Using plastic power trowel blades removes the risk of leaving steel marks on a concrete slab.Wagman plastic blades leave a hard, polished finish up to the standards of steel, but without the dark burnish marks that tend to show up when steel spins against concrete.

Editors
Nov 7, 2005
The Natural World in Cast-in-place Concrete Relief Murals

Using a cast in place concrete technique to create a bas relief image in a concrete wall.Artist and designer Linda Patterson of Newark, Calif., created 15 cast-in-place relief murals — 2,136 linear feet in all — to adorn underpasses along the 12.8-mile San Tomas Aquino / Saratoga Creek Trail in Santa Clara County, Calif.

Editors
Apr 1, 2006
Vertical Polished Concrete Condo Touted to be World's Largest

Florida's Miami Beach is a part of the country known for its high real estate prices, but the penthouse condominium sales price of $60 million for the Faena House Saxony Condo set a new high. Florida’s Miami Beach is a part of the country known for its high real estate prices, but the penthouse condominium sales price of $60 million for the Faena House Saxony Condo set a new high. 

Vanessa Salvia
Achieving Winter Durability:
Dealing with Climate and Attacks on Colored Concrete

Freeze and thaw effects on concrete stairs from ice and salt.We’re in the middle of another winter season. While it’s not predicted to be as harsh as last year’s “polar vortex” winter, we still need to be thinking about all the possible causes and sources of winter damage and eliminate them. 

Bart Sacco
Sanding and Buffing Coatings on Cast Concrete Pieces

Amy Johnson
Jul 9, 2012
Concrete Grinding and Polishing Tips: Rotation, Presoaking and Play Sand

Play sand is a great thing to keep handy as an abrasion aid when using a concrete grinder. It keeps the diamonds dressed and cooled while acting as a secondary abrasive to assist in the actual grinding process.Play sand is a great thing to keep handy as an abrasion aid when using a concrete grinder. It keeps the diamonds dressed and cooled while acting as a secondary abrasive to assist in the actual grinding process.

Bryon "Bru" Bruington
Vertical Overlays: To Spray or Trowel

If you’re one of the growing number of contractors making the move from horizontal to vertical, this may be one of your first questions.

Amy Johnson
May 7, 2008
The Brick on Trosper, Tumwater, Wash.

A job that began with a mere 80 square feet of overlay snowballed into a decorative concrete transformation — complete with faux hollow tree — for this restaurant and bar.

Mike Dawson
Mar 12, 2008
Artisan in Concrete: Brian Olson, Cemrock Landscapes Inc., Tucson, Ariz.

You might think that rappelling from cliffs, learning about orangutan habitats and studying the prehistoric skeleton of a triceratops are activities without much relevance to decorative concrete.

Kelly O'Brien
Feb 11, 2011
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