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Vol. 11 No. 3 - April 2011

Recipe: River Rock And Roll Polished Concrete

Polished concrete hallway using the river rock and roll recipeThis complex interior treatment pairs a multihued pattern of polished concrete with natural river-stone borders and detailing.

Editors
April 11, 2011
When Sealers on Polished Concrete Cause Problems

Shiny polished concrete floor that has been sealed.Is the solution to polished concrete maintenance educating the customer on proper procedures, or is it developing better sealers to provide the customer?

By David Padgett
April 11, 2011
The "When-You're-About-To-Work-With-Solvents" Safety Checklist

Three gas masks lined up on a brick wall.This is not intended to be comprehensive or complet list, but here are a few things to think about when you are beginning any project that involves solvents.

Editors
April 5, 2011
An Artisan's Tale on How He Made Rocketown's Skateboard Steps

After an afternoon spent walking around the Rocketown campus, Jason Geiser and his team saw a great opportunity to not only enhance the area but also showcase the unlimited possibilities of concrete.After an afternoon spent walking around the Rocketown campus, Jason Geiser and his team saw a great opportunity to not only enhance the area but also showcase the unlimited possibilities of concrete.

By Jason Geiser
April 9, 2011
The 2011 Circle of Distinction Design Challenge Winners

Concrete countertop outdoors with a built in drink holderFu-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.

Editors
April 9, 2011
Let's Be Careful Out There, Mike Miller Talks Safety and Solvents

MIke Miller showing how he now dresses when dealing with this kind of chemical.There are clients who will say, “I’d just die for a floor like that!” But, of course, there’s no decorative concrete worth dying for. So, do as I say, and not as I did. Please, be careful out there.

By Michael Miller
April 9, 2011
Temporary Concrete Gig Turned Into Lifelong Career for This Artisan

Concrete countertop with a rustic edge in a modern kitchen.When Shawn Halverson first tried his hand at concrete installation, he didn’t intend to make it his livelihood. He got into structural concrete in high school after meeting a contractor who was working on a house for Halverson’s parents, and at the time, he viewed the job as a temporary gig.

By Natasha Chilingerian
April 9, 2011
How Joining Forces with Other Construction Companies Can Boost Your Bottom Line

Boosting your bottom lineYou basically have two ways to make more money in decorative concrete — you can increase sales or reduce the cost of doing business. Businesses in times like these have a tendency to become paralyzed when becoming proactive would be the best option. One good way to become proactive is to consider a team approach.

By Doug Carlton
April 9, 2011
An Orange and Brown High-sheen Acid-stained Concrete Garage Floor

Wheldon stored the Pace Car at a location outside his St. Petersburg, Fla., home, but several years later, he decided to place the Corvette on display as if it were a work of art in his three-car garage. To set the stage, he made plans to turn the garage floor into a masterpiece too. In 2005, race-car driver Dan Wheldon received the first-place title at the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race (also known as the Indy 500) and, along with it, the 2005 Indy 500 Pace Car, a new Corvette convertible.

By Natasha Chilingerian
April 9, 2011
Prepping Your Finished Concrete Surface for a Sealer

How to fix cloudy sealer on concrete surfaces.

Surface preparation is a commonly used term in the decorative concrete industry. An argument can be made that it might even just be the most used term in the industry. We hear or read about it most often when dealing with overlays and stains. Grind, scarify, acid etch, etc.

By Chris Sullivan
April 9, 2011
Remaking Rocketown with a Decorative Concrete Makeover

The blue Rocketown logo has been placed in the parking lot of Rocketown with the arrow pointing to the front door.A Nashville youth center gets a decorative concrete makeover as part of the 2011 Concrete Decor Show.

By Emily Dixon
April 9, 2011
Sink Molds, Edge Detail Molds, Tools and Fiber Optics for Concrete Countertops from Infinicrete

A bathroom vanity made with concrete and a double sink feature.For the past three years, decorative concrete artisan Jeff Kudrick has been developing his own sink and countertop molds and decorative concrete tools under the brand name Infinicrete, using them regularly in high-profile projects and distributing them through manufacturing companies Cheng Concrete and SureCrete Design Products.

Editors
April 9, 2011
Water-based Surface Retarder Creates Unique Decorative Finish

SurfEtch byt Butterfield Color on this walkway.SurfEtch from Butterfield Color is a water-based mild surface retarder that, when used with fresh concrete, exposes the sands in the concrete for a unique decorative finish. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, it can add slip resistance and is solvent-free. Best of all, it’s easy to apply for even the beginning contractor.

Editors
April 9, 2011
Fixing Finishes in Polished Concrete on the Front End

The substrate┬áthat is used in a work of art has a lot of control over the finished product. The substrate that is used in a work of art has a lot of control over the finished product. Polished concrete is no different. We have seen the beautiful pictures of floors that show fantastic color, reflectivity and clarity. What we don’t see are the shots of poorly finished column block-outs or spalled control joints that were cut with dull saw blades.

By David Stephenson
April 9, 2011
8 Tips for Installing Rock-and-Water Features with Precast Concrete Pieces

Custom rock features and hardscapes built from glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) are high-end features added to landscapes at luxury homes or commercial developments.Custom rock features and hardscapes built from glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) are high-end features added to landscapes at luxury homes or commercial developments.

Editors
April 9, 2011
Popular Hamburger Joint Gets New Stained Concrete Floor

After three years of spilled milkshakes, splattered ketchup and oversquirted mustard, the carpet in the dining area of the Fuddruckers in Modesto, Calif., had to go and was replaced with a stained concrete floor.After three years of spilled milkshakes, splattered ketchup and oversquirted mustard, the carpet in the dining area of the Fuddruckers in Modesto, Calif., had to go. Franchise owner Kevin Bidlack considered replacing it but knew the fix would be temporary. Three years later, he’d have to do it again.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
April 9, 2011
Staining Recipe: Concrete Chic

This luxe look is achieved by overlaying several super-thin coats of microtopping and dye, resulting in a finish with subtle depth and a sexy sheen.This luxe look is achieved by overlaying several super-thin coats of microtopping and dye, resulting in a finish with subtle depth and a sexy sheen.

By Kelly O'Brien
April 9, 2011
Brickform Redevelops Pro-Dye as a Liquid Formula

With the older-generation, powdered Pro-Dye, contractors have to wait for as long as three hours for it to dissolve after it is mixed with acetone. Now the wait is over.After listening to suggestions from contractors and distributors, Brickform, a division of Solomon Colors Inc., has redeveloped its popular Pro-Dye as a liquid formula.

Editors
April 9, 2011
Spirit AeroSystems Courtyard Transformed with Decorative Concrete

Wichita-based Eby Construction Co. (Spirit's construction contractor) was aware of Doehring's moonlighting passion and asked him if he would be interested in the job.Plenty of people have hobbies — the businessman who dabbles in winemaking, the social worker who paints with oils, the cop who gardens. But decorative concrete as a hobby?

By Chris Mayo
April 9, 2011
Cracked Mud Seamless Skin from Proline Concrete Tools

A custom seamless skin that mimicked the cracked mud of the Serengeti.Proline Concrete Tools receives a lot of requests for custom stamps, but rarely do the patterns end up turning into a nationwide trend.

Back in early 1990s, the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park wanted to emulate cracked mud found in the Serengeti Desert and Proline was up to the task.

Editors
April 9, 2011
Cracked Mud Seamless Skin from Brickform

Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida wanted to create a new ride inspired by the popular Disney-Pixar movieWhen Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida wanted to create a new ride inspired by the popular Disney-Pixar movie “A Bug’s Life,” the theme park called on Brickform, a division of Solomon Colors Inc., to create a seamless texture skin representative of a dry lakebed. That was nearly one decade ago.

Editors
April 9, 2011
Hi'ilani EcoHouse Boasts More Than Just Breathtaking Views

Perched on a hilltop amidst the tropical rain forests of the Big Island of Hawaii the Hi'ilani EcoHouse commands a view out across the Pacific Ocean that you have to see to believe.Perched on a hilltop amidst the tropical rain forests of the “Big Island” of Hawaii, the Hi’ilani EcoHouse commands a view out across the Pacific Ocean that you have to see to believe. It’s your typical island paradise home. But when it comes to cutting-edge carbon neutral design and ecofriendly concrete construction, it is anything but typical.

By Kelly O'Brien
April 9, 2011
Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame: The 2011 Inductees

Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame 2011 InducteesThe Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame was established to honor individuals and companies who have gone beyond the call of duty to help promote decorative concrete as a thriving business and a constantly evolving art form. These individuals’ achievements and their commitment to excellence and innovation have helped the decorative concrete industry grow.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
April 9, 2011
How to Fix Bug Holes in Concrete Countertops in One Step

Nothing is more frustrating than bug holes in concrete countertops.There are few things more frustrating about making concrete countertops than dealing with bug holes. They seem to always show up and are seemingly just about impossible to fill completely. You think you’ve got them all filled, only to have bug holes show up after final polishing.

By Mark Celebuski
April 9, 2011
Staining Concrete Recipe: The Third Dimension

With a subtle two-level texture coat and a wild 3-D geometric pattern, this staining technique delivers a unique, captivating concrete floor finish.With a subtle two-level texture coat and a wild 3-D geometric pattern, this staining technique delivers a unique, captivating concrete floor finish.

Editors
April 9, 2011
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