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Vol. 10 No. 4 - May/June 2010

Former Intel Employee Traded Semiconductors for Concrete Stains and an Airbrush

This former Intel employee traded semiconductors for stains and stencils -- and now he's making his mark at churches, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafes, and everywhere in between.This former Intel employee traded semiconductors for stains and stencils — and now he's making his mark at churches, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafes, and everywhere in between.

By David Searls
May 17, 2010
Breathtaking Ocean Views from Pale Gray Italian Terrace

It was Niemeyer, a decorative concrete pioneer, who selected naturallooking concrete for the terrace, Seminati and ITAL.PAV.I.'s Massimo Ruggiero say.The latest creation of Brazilian architect and artistic concrete pioneer Oscar Niemeyer draws you into its grand oval entrance with a cool, understated terrace of pale gray.

By Natasha Chilingerian
May 10, 2010
Self-Leveling Overlayments for Structurally Sound Substrates

Self-leveling concrete by design is meant to be poured or pumped onto a surface, and the slurry seeks its own level or moves out on its own without a lot of labor on the contractor's end.Whether you use self-leveling material as your primary pour or over existing concrete, it's an efficient way to get going on a job.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
May 10, 2010
Concrete Staining Recipe: Wildflower Drops

Whether it's incorporating homeowners' interests with a custom aggregate or opting for a free-form concrete staining technique to achieve a stained concrete flower design, we hope the techniques featured in each of these recipes will inspire you to try something new.The techniques featured in this beloved annual feature may give you the look you’re after for finishing that one job. Or, they may provide the spark you need to come up with something new.

By Kelly O'Brien
May 10, 2010
Incorporating Decorative Concrete into Public Schools

The school, which focuses on a concept called play-based learning, tries to make everything the students do count as a learning experience -- even when they are on the playground.From the playground to the locker room, decorative concrete is inspiring teachers and school administrators across the country.

By Emily Dixon
May 21, 2010
Niche Markets Help Keep the Recession in Check

Running a business has become more like a chess game, trying to maneuver yourself into the best position to keep the cash flow moving forward.Nothing, and I mean nothing, keeps a person up at night like worry over finding the next job or project. Running a business has become more like a chess game, trying to maneuver yourself into the best position to keep the cash flow moving forward.

By Doug Carlton
May 10, 2010
Lap Lines and Roller Marks When Sealing Concrete

Sealing concrete can be frustrating! Roller marks and their cousins, "lap lines," are just two of those frustrating problems that can plague professional decorative installers.Sealing concrete can be frustrating! Roller marks and their cousins, "lap lines," are just two of those frustrating problems that can plague professional decorative installers.

By Chris Sullivan
May 10, 2010
The Importance of Contrast in Sensory Concrete

Imagine that shaft of light, through clear glass, so thick that the white light is turned to blue. Just like being in an ice cave.Evil allows you to appreciate good. The occasional really bad customer makes you appreciate all the more the even more occasional really good customer. Night makes you appreciate the day. Cool makes you appreciate warm.

By Mike Miller
May 20, 2010
What Do I Tell the Owner About Those Ghost VCT Lines?

VCT Tile ghosting on polished concrete floor. How to remove ghosting.So we’re in the early stages of a polishing project after the old VCT (vinyl composition tile) has been removed. We’re progressing with initial grinding diamonds to open the floor, only to have the building owner walk through and complain, “What happened to my floor? What are all those lines? Is my floor ruined?

By Jennifer Faller
May 30, 2010
Lightning Strike Roller Screed from Lura Enterprises Inc.

the screed's patented threaded axle, which allows for attachments to be screwed on.The Lightning Strike Roller Screed first made its name at the 2007 World of Concrete show, where it won the Most Innovative Product Expert's Choice award in the placement tools and equipment category.

By Sue Marquette Poremba
May 10, 2010
Create Stronger Concrete with Consolidation Tools

The E-Screed is a precisionengineered lightweight wet screed for single operator strike-off of concrete. This high-frequency screed produces uniform vibration distribution over the entire blade length.Most decorative concrete contractors know that consolidating concrete is as essential to a quality finished product as mix ratio or proper finishing and curing. Consolidating forces air out of the concrete and encourages aggregate to rotate and fit together tighter, creating stronger concrete.

By Chris Mayo
June 10, 2010
Sleek S-Curved Concrete Lounge Chair

The most important issue was the overall design and fit. I concentrated on angles that were tight rather than curvy -- it had to look good as well as fit good.This sleek S-curve, cast by Nick Relampagos using glass-fiber reinforced concrete, is embedded with radiant heating. Just turn it on and it gently warms you from beneath as the sun shines down from above.

Editors
June 2, 2010
Recipe: Quicksilver Facelift High-build Metallic Floor Finish

Rich silver metallic epoxy floorEven with a substrate riddled with cracks, pits and spalls, this high-build metallic finish will give your floor a look that is quietly mesmerizing.

By Larin Felker
June 5, 2010
Recipe: Rich Swirling Out-of-this World Floor Finish

Reminiscent of nothing so much as the surface of Jupiter, this rich swirling effect is guaranteed to take any epoxy floor up a notch.Reminiscent of nothing so much as the surface of Jupiter, this rich swirling effect is guaranteed to take any floor up a notch.

By Ryan Neal
May 14, 2010
Recipe: Monolithic Planter Boxes with Benches

Structures like these - with a smooth, weathered surface and a nature-inspired pattern, cast in relief - have the power to turn unused sidewalk space into a lush roadside minipark.Structures like these - with a smooth, weathered surface and a nature-inspired pattern, cast in relief - have the power to turn unused sidewalk space into a lush roadside minipark.

By Randall Klassen
October 15, 2010
Recipe: Beach Glass Countertop

Beach glass embedded concrete countertop blues and green glass.Custom countertop design evokes the look of a lakeshore with integral color and acid stains, plus the homeowners' collection of beach glass used as a creative custom aggregate.

By Richard Holschuh
October 14, 2010
Which Self-Leveling Products Contractors Prefer and Why

Men spreading a cementitious overlay in a large building.Self-leveling products vary widely in their makeup, so which one you choose may largely depend on what you plan to do with it.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
May 1, 2010
Acid-stained Floor Overlay is Finishing Touch at Museum

Phoenix company, Flo-Tech Inc., pumped the Floor-Top STG into the room on Wednesday. The next day, Anger and his team applied two treatments of Terracotta Clay acid stain from Cohill's Building Specialties Inc.The handsome floor of the Arts and Crafts Room was the finishing touch at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, a facility improved by a series of decorative concrete projects as part of the 2010 Concrete Decor Show & Decorative Concrete Spring Training.

Editors
May 12, 2010
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