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The Power of Diamond Grit

Upgrade to Lavina propane and electric concrete grinders One of the largest lighting manufacturers in North America has recently moved its product development to a 132,000-square-foot building in Atlanta, Georgia, and the company chose polished concrete as the most cost-efficient and easy to maintain flooring option.

OSHA's New Respirable Crystalline Silica Regulations Do Not Impact All Decorative Concrete Products

OSHA standards for silica dust protection has changed and not all concrete contractors will be effected. - Photo from Concrete Decor archivesChris Sullivan discusses the new OSHA respirable crystalline silica regulation and how it may not impact all decorative concrete products.

Chris Sullivan
May 26, 2017
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Got 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.

Concrete Polishing & Grinding Equipment Specification Report

Best concrete polishing machine to buy or purchase. How to pick the best machine.Know your business and you’ll know what kind of equipment fits your needs. Find the information you need to know in Concrete Decor's Polishing & Grinding Specification Report.

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Jun 13, 2017
How to gauge grinders for polished concrete jobs

Before purchasing a grinding/polishing machine, polished concrete contractors must determine what types of jobs they are seeking -- smaller custom-design projects or larger-volume ones.Before purchasing a grinding/polishing machine, polished concrete contractors must determine what types of jobs they are seeking — smaller custom-design projects or larger-volume ones.

Joe Maty
May 26, 2017
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Predicting the Performance of a Concrete Countertop Sealer

Which concrete countertop sealer is the best for a kitchen.Concrete has many faces, and there are many preconceived and misconceived ideas about it. You should not navigate what people think concrete is — instead, explain to them what it actually is. This includes your concrete, its finish and all of its attributes.

Jeff Kudrick
Decorative Concrete Tips: Getting Rust Out of Concrete

Rusty concrete has been cleaned with Tek GelAt a recent Flattoo workshop conducted by Surface Gel Tek, Tamryn Doolan discussed many decorative uses for the company’s products. But I also learned another surprising benefit of Tek Gel for Profiling besides its etching and stenciling capabilities.

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Oct 5, 2004
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The Elements of Style for Concrete Contractors: Inherent Values

Asian space separator with a wicker basket on the floor.There is a famous paperback called “The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White. Many writers treasure it as a guide to writing clearly and succinctly while avoiding common grammatical errors. The handbook itself is a model of clarity.

Gaye Goodman
Pit Stops with Pizzazz

Florida turnpike decorative concreteIf Florida’s Turnpike were a rail line, the Fort Drum service plaza in the south central part of the state would be the equivalent of New York’s Grand Central Station, with glitzy interior treatments that include terrazzo floors and decorative exterior treatments and landscaping that evoke Florida’s unique natural environs.

Joe Maty
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Be a Better Salesman | Sell More Concrete | Concrete Salesman

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Joshua Lemon
Exhibits Leave Lasting Impression During Concrete Celebration

Students compete in a concrete canoe competition to create floating concrete.Thanks to a recent concrete extravaganza that featured a Concrete Carnival family festival, an exhibition and a concrete canoe competition, many not associated with the concrete trade have learned to appreciate its surprising and fascinating properties, too.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Aug 5, 2004
Delineation of Concrete - Saw cutting concrete

How to saw cut driveway using delineation.Delineation is used on these jobs to separate the various irregular shapes and arches so that colors and stains don’t run together. The sawcuts themselves are either grouted or just left exposed, with the unstained concrete showing.

Jack Klein
Feb 1, 2001
The Smart Chair to hold Rebar in it's Place Prior to Concrete Pour

Plastic holders for rebar that will hold rebar up before and during a concrete pour. Smart Chairs were designed by contractors for contractors. Constructed with recycled high-strength polypropylene plastic, the chairs are designed to support steel, eliminate wire ties and stop steel displacement.

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Dec 7, 2003
Manufacturer Profile: Concrete Solutions

San Diego-based company, Concrete Solutions Inc., wholesales products, stamps and tools for repairing, restoring, beautifying and protecting existing concrete surfaces. The company provides products and services to contractors and suppliers in the U.S. as well as in Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and throughout the Pacific Rim.

Bob Graham
Mar 9, 2003
A Folded Concrete Exterior Mimics Textiles on this Munich Fabric House

Concrete facade on Munich Textilmacher

Situated in an industrial zone on Munich, Germany’s north side, an eye-catching building hosts production, showroom and office spaces for textile print and embroidery. Known as The Textilmacher, this three-story building has a precast concrete facade reminiscent of creased fabric. 

Vanessa Salvia
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4 Easy Tips for Sealing Decorative Concrete

Delaminating sealer on a stamped concrete surface can be fixed.Decorative sealers are designed to provide a wide range of benefits. The top two are always protection and color enhancement. Safety, appearance, and performance (SAP) should be considered when determining what decorative sealer system to use.

Chris Sullivan
Concrete Sealers
Apr 4, 2005
Creating Color Designs with Rachel Knigge-Bruce's Stencils
Steven H. Miller, CDT
Feb 19, 2012
National September 11 Memorial Fountains, New York City
Stacey Enesey Klemenc
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Feb 19, 2012
A White Concrete Extension of Precast Panels

precast concrete extension on top of building A white concrete extension of precast panels added onto an apartment in the city of Innsbruck, Austria, has revitalized a century-old building. 

Vanessa Salvia
Water Repellent Concrete Sealer & Stain

Enliven Exterior concrete with brilliant color and lasting protection.Enliven exterior concrete with brilliant color and lasting protection with Acryl Pen, a premier stain and sealer for broom-finished or textured concrete.

Editors
Jun 1, 2001
The Cheng Concrete 2011 Circle of Distinction Design Challenge Winners

Fu-Tung Cheng announced the 2011 winners of Cheng Concrete’s annual Circle of Distinction Design Challenge at the 2011 Concrete Decor Show & Spring Training, in Nashville, Tenn.

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awards , concrete art , concrete countertops
Apr 9, 2011
Applying Concrete Sealer

Applying concrete sealer is not rocket science, but it is a complicated process, says Jim Glessner of GST International LLC in Sparks, Nev.

Sue Poremba
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
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