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Vol. 12 No. 6 - August/September 2012

Concrete Artisan Develops New Product While Business is Slow

Concrete texture with darker grout lines.Artisan in Concrete - Change is what they do. Quick and Ickes started in business together in 1998 as a commercial pressure washing company.

By Chris Mayo
September 4, 2012
Hot Trends: Concrete Repair & Restoration

Hot new brush for concreteAre you in decorative concrete and looking for more work? I bet you are, and if so, I have some good news. Let's listen to Dan’s auto repair business.

By Doug Carlton
September 6, 2012
Managing Slack is a Business Fundamental

Slacking man on concrete stenciling jobThere is a big hairy monster lurking around your business. He’s not easy to detect and he has a real nasty habit of stealing from you. The monster I speak of is called “slack.”

By Jacob Webb
September 4, 2012
Calvary Christian School Art Room, Holland, Mich.

Concrete Overlay of a yellow sunflower in Christian school in MichiganWhat better place is there to experiment with various decorative concrete techniques than in a high-school art classroom?

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
September 4, 2012
A Leather-look Concrete Fireplace

Leather look fireplace reflecting lightTwelve feet high when stacked and installed, the black panels on either side of the center were poured against fabric. They look somewhat like roughened metal or steel.

By Liz Schick
September 4, 2012
Concrete Countertop Casting in the Summer Heat

Jeffrey Girard casting concrete countertops in the summer heat.Summertime brings challenges to almost everyone in the concrete industry. Heat and humidity can turn an ordinary job into a frantic scramble.

By Jeffrey Girard
September 4, 2012
Contractors Strike Gold Polishing Driveways

Polishing concrete driveways is a great way to get extra cash.

Polishing contractors take note: There may be a future in grinding and sealing concrete driveways.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
September 4, 2012
How Concrete Hardness Affects Diamond Life

Diamonds, part of an abrasive used to cut through the hardness of concreteHow long is a set of diamonds supposed to last? Or more to the point, what kind of square footage can I expect out of a set of diamonds?

By Jennifer A. Faller
September 4, 2012
An Arizona High School Teaches Concrete Skills

Polished concrete in a high school space that has purple walls and lime green accents.A high school teaching students the finer points of polishing? Compass High School has added pouring, finishing and polishing concrete to its vocational programming.

By Chris Mayo
September 4, 2012
Nightclub at Wild Horse Pass Casino Gets Glittery Concrete Ramp

Concrete balcony with an overlay looking over the expanse below.You can bet your boots that it wasn’t easy to overlay the three glittering, aggregate-spiked ramps that lead down from the VIP lounge to the dance floor in the nightclub of the Wild Horse Pass Casino.

By Liz Schick
September 4, 2012
Control Finish, from Fritz-Pak Corp.

Fritz-Pak Control Finish used in Texas on concrete borderExterior decorative concrete projects lend themselves well to areas of the country with warm, dry climates where the client can enjoy their outdoor space year-round. Unfortunately warm temperatures can also impact the workability of concrete.

By Emily Dixon
September 4, 2012
Why Tapes, Stains and Sealers Don't Get Along

Tape marks left behind on concreteIt is widely known that the decorative concrete industry has struggled with tape issues for decades. These range from the tape tearing when overlays are being applied, or stain bleeding under the tape, to adhesive effectiveness when the tape gets wet.

By Chris Sullivan
September 5, 2012
Stamping Concrete the Old-Fashioned Way

How to stamp concrete without texture mats or texture skins.Unique Concrete, a family-run business out of West Milford, N.J., stamps concrete without the stamp and texture mats of today. Instead, they use old-fashioned tools to create a layer of what they call “cast-in-place concrete tile or stone.”

By Todd Fisher
September 4, 2012
A Palm-roofed Outdoor Living Area and Concrete Kitchen in Los Cabos, Mexico

Concrete sitting area that is complete with a concrete firepit.As for Hileman’s original vision of using actual coco logs in construction, remember “termites” and realize it is nice to fool Mother Nature — and human guests — in the name of maintenance.

By Liz Schick
September 4, 2012
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