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Vol. 12 No. 3 - April 2012

Concrete Dinosaur Makes Big Impression at Concrete Decor Show

Life-sized dinosaur carved and created witjh concreteArtisans Thom Hunt and Mark Whitten led the effort to construct, sculpt and color the ginormous dinosaur. The life-size replica spans 30 feet from nose to tail and is 13 1/2 feet tall.

By Emily Dixon
April 19, 2012
Concrete Artisan Leaves Corporate Job for Decorative Concrete

Reception area with a concrete countertop to give it a modern look.Desperate to get away from the corporate rat race, Greg Hyde Hryniewicz started a concrete coatings company, and in the seven intervening years, he’s turned it into a decorative concrete firm that’s garnered numerous awards.

By Kelly O'Brien
April 19, 2012
Decorative Concrete Makeover at SAY Sí Earns a Resounding 'Yes!'

Front entrance of Say Si with a fountain, stamped concrete and a stained logo.Transforming more than 5,500 square feet of flooring surfaces, creating a vertical sculpture and constructing a waterfall is no small task, especially when the majority of the work is done over just two days. However, that’s exactly what happened at SAY Sí, a teen art center in San Antonio, Texas.

By Emily Dixon
April 19, 2012
How to Design, Cast and Install a Concrete Oven Hood - Part 2

Casting an oven hoodThe finish of the hood needs to coincide with the complexity of this application. The expectation of the final outcome, and how you will accommodate errors in the finish, holes, sags, and other blemishes especially considering the mold is assembled as you spray, make it difficult to make a perfect crème finish.

By Jeff Kudrick
April 19, 2012
Your Profit Margin and How to Know if You're Really Making Money

Making sense of your profit margins.The value to your business is best determined on a per-unit basis. However, many contractors don’t exactly make widgets for their customers. So if your primary business is something like concrete staining, polishing or stamping, I recommend you calculate your margins on a per-square-foot or per-project basis.

By Jacob Webb
April 22, 2012
A Washington Bridge with Stratified Characteristics

Spanning 480 feet across Interstate 520 in Redmond, Wash., the NE 36th Street Bridge is not your average overpass.Spanning 480 feet across Interstate 520 in Redmond, Wash., the NE 36th Street Bridge is not your average overpass.

By Kelly O'Brien
April 19, 2012
Maintaining and Resealing Stamped Concrete

Stamped concrete walkway to look like brick.If you install stamped concrete, you should be maintaining stamped concrete. You already have all the equipment you need, and you have the experience and training you need as well. Offering an annual maintenance program on your work, or any stamped concrete work for that matter, is a good source of revenue that does not require much in the way of equipment or mental gymnastics.

By Chris Sullivan
April 19, 2012
L. M. Scofield 2011 Decorative Concrete Award Winners

Museum of Discovery & Science in Florida.Decorative concrete product manufacturer L. M. Scofield Co. has announced the winners of its Fourth Annual Decorative Concrete Awards contest. This contest was open to any contractor, architect or designer who uses or specifies Scofield Systems.

Editors
April 19, 2012
Backyard Patio Sports Acid Stained Vines

Beautify your backyard concrete patio with versatile concrete acid stains.A concrete contractor working with acid stain enjoys the challenge of layering colors when there is only one shot at the job and a limited color palette. Learn how to achieve more color variations than clients expect.

By Rick Lobdell
April 20, 2012
New Ways to Sell Stained Concrete in Changing Times

Stained concrete floor in a brown and lighter brown color.The vast majority of return customers usually flow straight into the project’s objective, colors, design, etc., but this conversation was anything but typical. Each time when asked about designs or expectations the customer brought up price and budget.

By Doug Carlton
April 20, 2012
Acrylic Textured Overlay on a U.S. Naval Base Pool Deck

To accommodate the lack of food and fluids in the 120-degree heat, the Muslim crew members would take an hour break every two to three hours. Acknowledging that the project was a logistical challenge — beginning with an eight-hour time difference between Texas and Bahrain — Sundek personnel also saw it as an opportunity to show their patriotism and support for the men and women fighting for our country.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
April 19, 2012
The Comedy Carpet in England Uses Concrete To Pay Homage to Humor

Graphic artist who created The Comedy Carpet poses with his final piece.I would bet that when you think about concrete, humor is not the first word that comes to mind. Then again, you aren’t Gordon Young.

By Chris Mayo
April 19, 2012
AmeriPolish Wins Demo Pavilion Contest at 2012 Concrete Decor Show

AmeriPolish went all out with their entry, which features a dragon from Floormap Stencil DesignsAt the 2012 Concrete Decor Show, three companies went head-to-head to compete for the bragging rights of being the winner in this year's Demonstration Pavillion. The contest was designed to show off the polishing products of the three competitors: WerkMaster, AmeriPolish and Xtreme Polishing.

Editors
April 19, 2012
Creating Concrete Outdoor Kitchens in Cold Climates

An inviting outdoor kitchen with concrete countertops and a stamped concrete patio in a cold climate.Outdoor kitchens are a popular request no matter where you live, but typically when you read a book or see a television show featuring outdoor kitchens, the contractor is doing them in a warm climate.

By Jason Geiser
April 19, 2012
Creating a Self-Consolidating Concrete Countertop Mix

Gray concrete countertops in this kitchen.Self-consolidating concrete is a highly technical mix. It is not an easy mix to create, since it requires an understanding of how all the ingredients work together. What’s more, specialized testing is required to characterize and optimize the mix.

By Jeff Girard
April 16, 2012
Epoxy Floors in White Sox Team Colors at Chicago Sports Depot

A stem of leaves in white epoxy on a gray epoxy floor in the team store.A Chicago sports lover’s paradise opened in January 2012: the Chicago Sports Depot, a two-story, 12,000-square-foot retail facility located adjacent to U.S. Cellular Field (home of the Chicago White Sox baseball team) that offers fans an extensive collection of merchandise and they enjoy decorative concrete in the process.

By Natasha Chilingerian
April 19, 2012
The ASCC Decorative Concrete Council 2012 Award Winners

The Ruppel Hardscape project  created by Tom Ralston Concrete for a home in Saratoga, Calif., won the WOW! AwardThe Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, has announced the winners of its fourth annual Awards competition for decorative concrete projects.

Editors
April 19, 2012
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