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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.

Augmented reality meets concrete

Augmented reality meets concreteOnce upon a time, and not so very long ago, a large segment of business was conducted in person or via a hard-wired telephone, and pencil and paper were the order of the day. An adding machine handled simple math functions, and an electric typewriter in the office was high tech.

K. Schipper
Sep 4, 2017
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Game of Millimeters: Precision is paramount

Game of Millimeters: Precision is paramountIt’s a game of inches. That’s the cliché heard about baseball, and often about other sports as well. And why not? It’s a saying that rings true and also applies to decorative concrete and polished concrete, where precision matters down to the millimeter, let alone the inch.

Joe Maty
Sep 1, 2017
How to Measure Social Media Success

How to Measure Social Media SuccessBy now, most companies have a presence on social media. Some have comprehensive strategies and believe that social media is effective for their business, while others are using social media simply because they think they should. They have no idea if it’s benefiting their organization.

Lindsey Congeni
Sep 1, 2017
How to Build Concrete Fire Pits Safely

Concrete fire pit displays in front of a smooth as glass swimming pool during a sunset.As a contractor with extensive experience with all types of outdoor fire features, and as an expert witness in situations where something’s gone terribly wrong, I’d like to share some of the basic guidelines I use to maximize both safety and enjoyment of buidling concrete fire pits.

Scott Cohen
Oct 1, 2014
Concrete Decor Show pro bono endeavors brighten stay for families of the ailing

heart lithomosiac on concrete floor with swirl design

Concrete Decor Show pro bono endeavors brighten stay for families of the ailing
At the seventh annual Concrete Decor Show in San Diego, California, world-class instructors and eager students from around the globe joined their talents and enthusiasm to breathe new life into the outdoor surroundings of the Bannister Family House, which provides a home-like environment for people with family members in long-term or critical care at the nearby UC San Diego Health.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
How to Bend GFRC (Glass-Fiber Reinforced Concrete)

Warping GFRC Most people don't think of concrete as being bendable but it is, even in its hardened state. That said, bending and warping concrete is more manageable while it is still in its plastic state.Most people don’t think of concrete as being bendable but it is, even in its hardened state. That said, bending and warping concrete is more manageable while it is still in its plastic state.

Mark Celebuski
Jan 12, 2015
Communication with Questions

Clipart of two people communicating using questions. A sales person needs to know about the person prior to selling a product or project. Sound intelligent.

Asking the right questions will help you truly connect with your customer.

Ken Lundin
Dec 9, 2002
How Can You Minimize Sealer Slipperiness?

Sealing a concrete patioUsing grit additives has become the most common method for reducing slipperiness when sealing decorative concrete flatwork on exterior walking surfaces. The grit additives are mixed into the sealer, then the gritty sealer is applied to the concrete. However, as the question states, in this situation the weather was too cold to reseal the concrete. So another method needs to be used until springtime arrives and temperatures rise consistently above 50 F. 

Chris Sullivan
Concrete Crafters Blend Applications at Popular Microbrewery

There’s a little bit of art and a little bit of science involved in the making of beer. And when the popular Sun King Brewing Co. in Indianapolis, Ind., needed an upgrade to its floors, the local flooring contractor contacted to handle the job applied the same mixed approach.

K. Schipper
How to Get Your Projects Noticed by Editors

Trade-magazine editors are always looking for great projects to cover and they love to hear from contractors who have a story — and great photos — to share.

Kari Moosmann
Full-Time Marketing with Part-Time Resources

Colorado Hardscapes mean lean construction crew.When people compliment Colorado Hardscapes Inc.’s marketing department, I tend to smile just a bit. People often mistakenly think our decorative concrete company operates like a large corporation, with multiple staff just waiting for their next task.

Karen Van Heukelem
Oct 21, 2012
J.C. Penney Remodeling Plans Continue Amid Company Changes

Forging ahead with the Forging ahead with the “shop-within-a-shop” concept at J.C. Penney stores nationwide, wave three of the stores’ remodeling makeover took place this spring across the country. Polished concrete is still part of the plan … at least for now.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Aug 14, 2013
Art Deco Garage, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Natasha Chilingerian
Jun 5, 2012
Stamped Concrete Backyard Makeover in Stafford, Virginia

Tropical themed backyard with stamped concrete stained flagstone look

It’s doubtful that any homeowner has found a more elegant way of decorating a neglected piece of land whose main feature is a septic tank field than the owners of the “Hidden Oasis,” a tropical-themed project that blossomed in a residential backyard in Stafford, Va.

David Searls
Feb 19, 2012
Using Stencils on Outdoor Vertical Surfaces

Whether you're working on a decorative wall in a backyard or the exterior walls of a 15-story building, consider stencils for vertical surfaces.Whether you're working on a decorative wall in a backyard or the exterior walls of a 15-story building, consider stencils for vertical surfaces.

John Strieder
Aug 29, 2006
Memorializing 9/11 with an Engraved Concrete Map

The simple yet powerful design of this memorial included the piece of wreckage from the World Trade Center and a map of the Northeast coastline of the United States on concrete pavement that approaches the tattered beam. The map identifies the coastline and the three crash sites of that dreadful date.The simple yet powerful design of this memorial included the piece of wreckage from the World Trade Center and a map of the Northeast coastline of the United States on concrete pavement that approaches the tattered beam. The map identifies the coastline and the three crash sites of that dreadful date.

Karen Van Heukelem
Oct 21, 2012
Decorative Concrete Techniques: Stencils and Acid Etching

Close up view of stencil application with Profiler from Surface Gel TekA surface-preparation product called The Profiler from Surface Gel Tek can be used to create an etched effect with stencils. In these photos, Dane Hantz of Dane Concrete Design in Prescott, Arizona, demonstrates the technique. The surface was a steel-troweled concrete floor in a home. Hantz wanted to create a 60-linear-foot border around the room.

Editors
Feb 18, 2002
A Guide to Turning Ordinary Steps into Colorful Decorative Concrete Steps

Pour the concrete as dry as possible to eliminate pressure against your formwork, and take your time. You may try vibrating or tapping the riser lightly to eliminate all voids on the vertical surface of the form liner.A seasoned concrete contractor offers a step-by-step guide for success with decorative concrete steps.

Editors
Preparing for the Pump: Working With Pressure-Applied Concrete.

Decorative shotcrete is catching on, and as with any decorative concrete technique, there’s a learning curve. Here, we cover mix design, prep work and more.

Jack Innis
Restore, Refurbish, Maintain: Caring for Colored Concrete

You don't have to stain in vain — restoration and maintenance can fight age and wear on just about any colored concrete slab.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Carlton's Corner: Disorganization Is Hurting Your Business

Let me ask if this sounds like somebody you know — you put in years perfecting your decorative concrete craft and consider yourself an expert in your field. Past customers appreciated your skill, courtesy and professionalism, and they refer friends and relatives to your services. But recently you have noticed something is changing, and this change makes you uneasy. Sure, you have sharpened the pencil, but it seems most months come and go leaving you asking where all the money is going.

Doug Carlton
Oct 9, 2011
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