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Vol. 14 No. 7 - October 2014

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute's 2014 Sidney Freedman Craftsmanship Awards

Precast panels in the sunlight.For many years, the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) has held annual Sidney Freedman Craftsmanship Awards to recognize excellence in craftsmanship using glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC).

Editors
October 1, 2014
How to Build Concrete Fire Pits Safely

Concrete fire pit displays in front of a smooth as glass swimming pool during a sunset.As a contractor with extensive experience with all types of outdoor fire features, and as an expert witness in situations where something’s gone terribly wrong, I’d like to share some of the basic guidelines I use to maximize both safety and enjoyment of buidling concrete fire pits.

By Scott Cohen
October 1, 2014
How to Market Your Decorative Concrete Services to General Contractors

How to Market Your Services to General ContractorsPitching to the GC is relatively direct — enjoy a free lunch and explain what decorative concrete is all about. A sampling of opinion from a handful of other contractors turns up some interesting — you might even say unorthodox — approaches to this matter of communication with the general contractor.

By Joe Maty
October 18, 2014
Artisans Pushing the Limits of What Can Be Done With Concrete

Concrete coffee table by Justin Burd. Natural wood inlays in perpendicular patter cross at one end. Concrete trivet sits on top of a round concrete table.Decorative concrete bars and concrete countertops are “anticlimactic” to many concrete contractors. Many concrete contractors continue to push the limits of what concrete can do as a medium by creating good design and shapes that are not often seen within the decorative concrete industry.

By Vanessa Salvia
October 15, 2014
How Hundreds of Unique Precast Concrete Panels Transformed this Museum

Precast Concrete Panels Transform Louisana State MuseumAs graceful as an acrobatic touchdown catch by Danny Abramowicz. As stunning as a Mel Blount goal-line interception. More sweeping than a Vida Blue curveball.

By Joe Maty
October 2, 2014
Concrete Staples and Paint Pigments Win the Day

Cambridge Square Apartments Kansas concrete pool deck repairOverland Park, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City, often makes it onto lists of the nation’s most livable cities. But for a slab of concrete, Overland Park is a bad place to be.

By Gail Elber
October 18, 2014
Architectural Concrete Bridge Honors Native Americans

Gold Line Light-Rail Bridge, Arcadia, California - Can a major axis of modern transportation infrastructure in Los Angeles somehow forge a tie to the region's pre-modern heritage?Can a major axis of modern transportation infrastructure in Los Angeles somehow forge a tie to the region’s pre-modern heritage?

By Joe Maty
October 2, 2014
Customizing a Polished Concrete Hangar Floor for the Military's New Fighter Jets

Luke Air Force Base polished concrete is underway with a significant prep job.

Who would have thought polished concrete would come to the aid of the U.S. Air Force's newest fighter jet?

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
October 14, 2014
How to Correct Acid Stain Colors on Concrete

Correcting Acid Stain Colors on concrete star engraved into a stained concrete overlay- Stain remains a popular finish, and while the number of problems or complaints has decreased over the last few decades, the problems remain the same, and they don't discriminate between professionals and DIY homeowners.Stain remains a popular finish, and while the number of problems or complaints has decreased over the last few decades, the problems remain the same, and they don’t discriminate between professionals and DIY homeowners.

By Chris Sullivan
October 1, 2014
The Most Important Part of Decorative Concrete Contracting is Communication

communicating with clients in the concrete industryAn amazing thing happened in 2011. Twitter users in Washington, D.C., tweeted news of an earthquake as it was happening, warning folks in New York City 30 seconds before they even felt it.

By Doug Carlton
October 1, 2014
A Guide to Building Concrete Fire Features

How to build concrete fire featuresThroughout the United States and Canada, even in cold climates, homeowners are clamoring for outdoor kitchens and living spaces, using concrete as the material, to enhance the beauty, comfort and resale value of their homes.

By Jeffrey Girard
October 4, 2014
Four Ways to Grow Your Decorative Concrete Business While Staying Solvent

concrete business financial aspectsConcrete contractors are inundated with small tips and tricks that hopefully one day will help them out in specific situations. Very rarely does anyone talk about business or industry growth as it relates to your specific company.

Here are four things that will help you and your polishing business today.

By David Stephenson
October 2, 2014
PVC Pipe, Leftover Diamonds, Paint and Chalk Put to Work on Decorative Concrete Jobs

concrete tips from Concrete Decor magazine PVC Pipe, Leftover Diamonds, Paint and Chalk Put to Work on Decorative Concrete Jobs►Make line cuts with a Dremel rotary tool
►Protect your cords with PVC
►During preplanning, tag trouble spots with orange marking paint
►Use white chalk for decorative applications
►What to do with leftover and mismatched diamonds
►Grind old ceramic or terra cotta tile

By Bryon "Bru" Bruington
October 12, 2014
One of a Kind Concrete Chandeliers & Faux-Bois Furniture

Michael Fogg concrete faux-bois furnitureConnecticut-based faux-bois artisan Michael Fogg spent eight years as a journeyman cabinetmaker and architectural woodworker. He then managed his own cabinetmaking business for six years before feeling stifled.

By Vanessa Salvia
October 12, 2014
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