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Choosing the Best Blade for the Concrete Task

Engrave a crete saw grooving concreteDiamonds may be forever in jewelry and James Bond movies, but when it comes to the workaday world, not so much. If they were, a good diamond saw blade could be passed on from father to son.

K. Schipper
Apr 13, 2018
Church Street Gym Revived with Concrete Overlay

A little-known fact about New Castle, Indiana, (for everyone not a Hoosier) is that it's home to the world's largest high school gymnasium. Basketball fever is so rampant in this small town of 18,000 that the community raised the money needed to build a high school gym that seats 9,325 spectators.A little-known fact about New Castle, Indiana, (for everyone not a Hoosier) is that it’s home to the world’s largest high school gymnasium. Basketball fever is so rampant in this small town of 18,000 that the community raised the money needed to build a high school gym that seats 9,325 spectators.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
2017 Scofield Decorative Concrete Award Winners

Cresting wave concrete precast to ward off ocean wave power."Innovation" was the word of the day for Scofield’s 10th annual Decorative Concrete Awards which were presented during the 2018 World of Concrete in Las Vegas. Grand prize-winning “Scofie” projects in six categories were unique in their design and execution, with several recipients pushing the limits of their experience to try new things.

Editors
A Mountaintop Concrete Countertop

Concrete countertop with the emblem of emergency response.We asked Lynda Apple of InConcrete Custom Countertops and Design Elements if the precast tabletop her Flagstaff, Ariz., outfi t produced for a ski patrol shack was the highest decorative concrete installation in America. Boy, did we get a response.

Editors
Nov 8, 2008
Long Overdue Concrete Overlay Install at McCarran International Airport

Concrete overlays installed at McCarran Airport give a much needed upgrade.For years, officials with the Clark County Department of Aviation knew Terminal 1 at the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas was in need of a fresh concrete overlay job. Wide, deep expansion joints placed long ago posed dangers for travelers, and the airport was paying for it.

Natasha Chilingerian
Jan 16, 2013
How to Protect Your Concrete Work Surface on the Job Site

Skudo is one manufacturer of floor protection systems. Here, a worker presses a Skudo Heavy Traffic (HT) Mat into the system's still-wet Base Coat. Once protection is no longer needed, simply pull up and discard.Skudo is one manufacturer of floor protection systems. Here, a worker presses a Skudo Heavy Traffic (HT) Mat into the system’s still-wet Base Coat. Once protection is no longer needed, simply pull up and discard.

Doug Carlton
May 5, 2013
Making New Concrete Blend with the Old

Concrete sign that blends in with it's older surroundingsThere have always been ways to make new projects blend into their older surroundings, but Sophisticated Finishes by Triangle Coatings Inc. offers a truly aged look.

Editors
Jan 12, 2007
How I Invented a Way to Staple Cracked Concrete

Allan Firestone
Dec 19, 2012
Decorative Concrete Tips: Marbleizing Cast-in-Place Concrete Countertops

How to make concrete look like marble, beautiful marble look concrete countertopThe trick is to let the material set with an open (mag trowelled) surface for about one hour for a standard one and one half inch thick top (Temp. dependent), this allows the Polymer to tighten up and lose some of its stickiness.

Marshall Hoskins
Apr 1, 2002
Concrete Countertops Push the Limits of Creativity

A circular ripple design placed in a concrete countertopIt's pretty easy to create a concrete countertop that looks like a garage floor. But branching out from flatwork to countertops means embracing completely different ideas on aesthetics and performance, not to mention learning different skills. Mike Moncrieff has made the leap.

Chris Camara
Apr 14, 2007
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
Concrete Countertop Polishing Tips and Tricks

Grinder that is used for polishing concrete countertopsConcrete countertops are a very hot item these days, and fabricating them can be much easier than you think — when you use the right tools and technique. This is the key to eliminating frustration and ultimately producing a quality product.

Nick Bertram
Apr 2, 2007
What Caused this Microtopping to Discolor?

These questions came from a couple who were building a new home and wanted polished concrete floors. The main floor is slab on grade, while the second level is slab on an engineered raised subfloor. There were issues during the concrete finishing, which eliminated polishing as an option.These questions came from a couple who were building a new home and wanted polished concrete floors. The main floor is slab on grade, while the second level is slab on an engineered raised subfloor. There were issues during the concrete finishing, which eliminated polishing as an option.

Chris Sullivan
Apr 30, 2018
How this Concrete Contractor Moved From Flatwork to Decorative Concrete

Rectangular concrete fire pit with round river rock surrounding fire tube.Troy Lemon, founder and president of Cornerstone Decorative Concrete in Holland, Mich., starts his story with a familiar admission. “I was a concrete guy way before I was a decorative concrete guy,” he says.

Kelly O'Brien
Aug 10, 2011
Concrete Making its Way to More Places Than Just the Garage

A look at a big basin of a sink built into concrete countertops.No one's more passionate about their art than the hard-working members of your typical undiscovered garage band. They can put in a full day at work before jamming all night whether or not there's a remote possibility of a paycheck.

David Searls
May 13, 2009
Epoxy Floor Coating & Logo at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas

Concrete contractors work on detailing for the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas using a stencil over epoxy coatings.In a city where pawn shops are a dime a dozen, one pawn shop in particular is becoming legendary. Located off the Strip in downtown Las Vegas, the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop is the setting for the History channel’s “Pawn Stars,” a reality show documenting the antics of pawn business veterans

Natasha Chilingerian
How did David Jack Corp. produce 480 countertops in just six weeks?

Piles of concrete countertops made for a client who had a short time frame for the order.Burbank, Calif., contractor David Jack Corp. specializes in countertops. So when Los Angeles-based Reform Furniture hired the firm to cast a group of workstation tops for a client back East, it was business as usual -- with one exception.

John Strieder
Nov 17, 2005
Magical World of Concrete

2004 Walt Disney World tour of many different types of decorative concrete, from concrete staining to concrete overlays.Photo highlights from our tour of Disney World, plus the inside story of how concrete makes the park what it is today.

Stacey Klemenc
Mar 5, 2004
Learn the Hard Facts about Densifier

Densifier is a underutilized, misunderstood and overlooked key to producing a beautiful and durable polished concrete floor.

Jennifer Faller
Feb 19, 2012
An artisan tells how he made Rocketown's skateboard steps

fter an afternoon spent walking around the Rocketown campus, we saw a great opportunity to not only enhance the area but also showcase the unlimited possibilities of concrete.

Jason Geiser
Apr 9, 2011
Tips for Polishing Preexisting Concrete Floors Profitably

If I were a contractor I would take “preexisting” projects over new projects every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

David Padgett
Dec 19, 2012
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