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Vol. 18 No. 8 - November/December 2018

Artisan Recreates Masterpieces with Colored Concrete

Concrete painting made with thinned out concrete.When Christina Arnall signed up for Ben Ashby’s advanced countertop class in Las Vegas about four years ago, she had no idea it would lead to an epiphany. It began when Ashby introduced the group to his ½-inch admix being used to create a shower panel and they decided to color it blue.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
December 2, 2018
Grow Engagement with Quote Images

 infographics, photographs and videosYou have likely heard by now that sharing visual content — infographics, photographs and videos — on social media garners attention, builds brand awareness and increases audience engagement better than text-only posts.

By Lindsay Chelf
December 1, 2018
Testing Decorative Concrete Overlays: Compression Strength vs. Adhesion

A case can be made that any test result can help better define how a product will perform, but when it comes to decorative overlays some tests are more meaningful than others.What is the most important test when it comes to evaluating decorative concrete overlays? A case can be made that any test result can help better define how a product will perform, but when it comes to decorative overlays some tests are more meaningful than others.

By Chris Sullivan
November 29, 2018
Technology Will Improve Job Site Safety

When it comes to safety in the construction industry, technological advances will make the workplace of the future more connected.When it comes to safety in the construction industry, technological advances will make the workplace of the future more connected.

By K. Schipper
November 28, 2018
Stay Safe on the Job Site with the Proper Personal Protective Equipment

Man troweling concrete with gloves and a hard hatIn recent months, most of the safety emphasis in the industry has been on crystalline silica and new regulations designed to keep it out of concrete workers’ lungs.

Both equipment manufacturers and contractors have worked hard to come up with new products and processes to keep their workers safe.

By K. Schipper
November 27, 2018
Testing Concrete Slabs for Moisture

Technology continues to do its part to turn working with concrete from an art into a science. Take the matter of moisture in concrete slabs.Technology continues to do its part to turn working with concrete from an art into a science. Take the matter of moisture in concrete slabs.

By K. Schipper
November 26, 2018
Proper Testing Can Pinpoint Moisture Problems in Concrete

When you're called in to decorate a concrete floor, measuring twice isn't necessary, but do measure the moisture in that slab before proceeding.When you’re relaxing with a woodworking project in your garage, an important adage is “Measure twice, cut once.”

When you’re called in to decorate a concrete floor, measuring twice isn’t necessary, but do measure the moisture in that slab before proceeding.

By K. Schipper
November 25, 2018
Specialty Fibers Weave their Way into More Decorative Projects

Standing on a concrete slab that is suspended between beams.Aldo Buffone thinks of his avocation to be more artist than contractor. Either way, Buffone’s efforts are one of an innovator. 1025 Studio, the Philadelphia-based artisan’s company, has garnered a local reputation for its creative upgrades of the city’s historic downtown loft structures.

By Rick Yelton
November 24, 2018
Developing Technology: Installing Heated Concrete Countertops

In the past five years, heated concrete countertops have become more popular and remodelers, contractors and renovators are faced with the task of how best to install them.In the past five years, heated concrete countertops have become more popular and remodelers, contractors and renovators are faced with the task of how best to install them.

By Jahn Stopperan
November 23, 2018
Museum Blends History with Multiple Processes and New Concrete Products

To commemorate a colony that contributed much to Texas, the Texas Historical Commission had a museum built that uses decorative concrete to capture history.To commemorate a colony that contributed much to Texas, the Texas Historical Commission had a museum built that uses decorative concrete to capture history.

By Jeff Bonkiewicz
November 22, 2018
Color Sets Alabama Concrete Artisan Apart From Peers

A metallic epoxy floor with a John Deere logo on it.You might say Jeremy Bayliss, owner of DelRailey Designs in Dothan, Alabama, is a colorful man. Literally. Out of all the decorative concrete services he offers to customers, he says, “Color sets me apart from everything else.”

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
November 21, 2018
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