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Vol. 13 No. 4 - May/June 2013

5 Tips for the Stamped Concrete Jobsite

Five tips for a concrete construction jobesite.1. Handholding

2. County Permits

3. Electric Requirements for Lighting

4. Spouse POC (point of contact)

5. Submit Unique Jobs for Awards

By Joe Maty
May 2, 2013
Small Stamped Concrete Project Turned Large

Stamped concrete patio with pergola and fire pit in muted slate colors.What began as the customer’s modest plan for a concrete slab to go under a jumbo-sized hot tub morphed into a three-tier, 2,700-square-foot stamped concrete patio that integrates a spa with two other focal points: an eating area with wood pergola to house an outdoor kitchen, and a recessed fire-pit area with sitting wall.

By Joe Maty
June 6, 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.

By Doug Carlton
May 5, 2013
Q&A with Todd Scharich, ASCC's New Decorative Concrete Specialist

World questions and answers, paper, pencil and eraser. Todd Scharich was recently appointed decorative concrete specialist for the American Society of Concrete Contractors and its Decorative Concrete Council. The ASCC already had a concrete hotline, but with Scharich aboard since October 2012, it now has a dedicated Decorative Concrete Hotline available to members on a 24/7 basis.

By Steven Miller
May 16, 2013
Meet a Creator of Simulated Environments Thom Hunt

Large white lion sculpture sits upon a concrete circle.With more than 30 years of experience as a professional artist — and a darn good one at that — Thom Hunt has worked his magic at more happy places on Earth than even Walt Disney could have imagined.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
May 19, 2013
Checkered Flag Polyaspartic Garage Floor

The new Atlanta Motorsports Park in north Georgia is billed as the home of the The new Atlanta Motorsports Park in north Georgia is billed as the home of the “100 mph lunch,” where high-end owners of high-performance sports cars can channel their inner Andretti on a custom-designed, two-mile race-type course authored by the renowned Formula One architect Hermann Tilke.

By Joe Maty
May 20, 2013
Concrete Questions: Can You Restore Solvent-Based Concrete Sealers?

Rolling Xylene onto a dull sealed concrete surface to re-emulsify the coating.Question: I have a 5-year-old stamped concrete patio that has not been resealed since being installed. The sealer is cloudy in some areas and in other areas looks like there is no sealer at all. Do I need to reseal or is there something I can do to bring back the original look and luster of the sealer?

By Chris Sullivan
May 21, 2013
Choosing the Right Diamond Polishing Pads for Concrete Countertops

Success With Concrete Countertops: Choosing the Right Diamond PadsThicker pads will last longer, but are stiffer and commonly prone to cupping when they dry out. Cupped pads don’t wear evenly, and often the outer area doesn’t actually make contact with the concrete. Photos courtesy of The Concrete Countertop Institute

By Jeffrey Girard
May 23, 2013
Knockdown Finishes for Concrete -- A Cool Concept for the Backyard

A knockdown finish on horizontal concrete is not dissimilar to the knockdown finishes common on drywall.A knockdown finish on horizontal concrete is not dissimilar to the knockdown finishes common on drywall. It involves a cementitious material that is dispensed by hopper gun, applied with spatter brush, or in some cases screeded, troweled and textured with rollers or stamping tools.

By Joe Maty
May 25, 2013
Patching Polished Concrete and the Art of Camouflage

A patch should be unobtrusive, not reaching out for your attention. What is your customer's first impression of the project you just spent three months on when the first thing that draws their eyes is a patch, a cold sore on your floor? A patch should be unobtrusive, not reaching out for your attention. What is your customer’s first impression of the project you just spent three months on when the first thing that draws their eyes is a patch, a cold sore on your floor?

By Peter Wagner, CSI
June 1, 2013
Applying Concrete Densifiers -- Feel Good About Rejection

Box store used densifier prior to polishing concrete.One message comes through loud and clear in any discussion, debate or disagreement about the various types of densifiers used in concrete polishing.

Almost all of them work, with one exception...

By Joe Maty
May 26, 2013
Concrete Grinding Takes Slope Management to a Whole New Level

At Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, speed alone isn't the magnet that draws stock-car racing fans to the track's major racing events.At Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, speed alone isn’t the magnet that draws stock-car racing fans to the track’s major racing events.

By Joe Maty
May 5, 2013
Make Tooling Choices Easier with the Mohs Hardness Test Kit

To eliminate the guesswork associated with which diamond abrasive bond tool will best polish or abrade a particular concrete slab, contractors could consider adding a Mohs hardness test kit to their toolbox.To eliminate the guesswork associated with which diamond abrasive bond tool will best polish or abrade a particular concrete slab, contractors could consider adding a Mohs hardness test kit to their toolbox.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
May 27, 2013
Best in Color: A University Dining Center Impresses in L. M. Scofield's Annual Contest

The state-of-the-art dining center serves as the centerpiece of the new 54,000-square- foot complex, which also houses an intercollegiate gymnasium, classrooms and music practice rooms. It features an exhibition kitchen where diners enjoy an open-style setting and can watch food being prepared. There also are specialty eatery areas that offer fresh food fast. The center contains a pizza oven, bakery, espresso bar and private dining rooms.The competition is open to contractors, architects or designers who use or specify Scofield systems. Projects are judged on skill of installation, creativity, artistic expression and how the project integrates with the overall design.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
May 29, 2013
How to Win a Decorative Concrete Contest: Take Great Photos

Contests that showcase handsome decorative concrete projects are helpful twofold -- they promote quality craftspeople and they provide bona fide examples for companies that make or distribute the products. Either way, they're good for business.Contests that showcase handsome decorative concrete projects are helpful twofold — they promote quality craftspeople and they provide bona fide examples for companies that make or distribute the products. Either way, they’re good for business.

Editors
May 13, 2013
A 26-Foot Stenciled and Stained Concrete High School Mascot

The remodel of Miami Carol City High School in Florida a couple of years ago included the installation of an outside amphitheater, topped with a stencil design of the team's logo, a giant The remodel of Miami Carol City High School in Florida a couple of years ago included the installation of an outside amphitheater, topped with a stencil design of the team’s logo, a giant “Chiefs” head.

By Ted Uram
May 6, 2013
Color Shines in Prizewinning Stamped Concrete Project

The design for the project evolved during a couple of visits to the site and four or five different sketches for a two-tier patio, plus a lower seating area, on the Krepskys' sloping yard.The design for the project evolved during a couple of visits to the site and four or five different sketches for a two-tier patio, plus a lower seating area, on the Krepskys’ sloping yard.

By Joe Maty
June 1, 2013
Strong Visuals Add Extra Jolt to Espresso Bar

At the Robusta Espresso Bar in Manhattan's financial district, the dynamism of the high-voltage, high-visibility counter design concept is no caffeine-induced illusion.At the Robusta Espresso Bar in Manhattan’s financial district, the dynamism of the high-voltage, high-visibility counter design concept is no caffeine-induced illusion.

By Joe Maty
June 15, 2013
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