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Vol. 2 No. 2 - April/May 2002

In a Hurry? Preparation and Timing are Everything with Fast-Drying, Self-Leveling Concrete Toppings

Fast-drying, self-leveling concrete toppings need a solid, rigid substrate. Concrete substrates are recommended as seen here in a retro ice cream shop with bar stools.When time is of the essence, fast-drying, self-leveling toppings can be the ideal solution.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
April 15, 2002
Resurfacing Brings a New Dimension to Concrete

Concrete resurfacing is a way to put a new face on an existing concrete surface without removing it first.Similar to texturing walls and ceilings, texturing concrete adds color, texture and a lot of new business opportunity.

By Ester Brody
April 16, 2002
How Using Admixtures in Concrete Work Saves Time and Money

Admixtures are an important part of a concrete mix design here a ready mix truck driver is adding an admixture to his load.Discover ways admixtures can improve concrete's ultimate durability and strength and make it easier to work with.

By Cindy Grawl
April 1, 2002
How Adding Color to Concrete Sealers Creates Beautiful Effect

Create a new look by adding color to your concrete sealer.A practical and less expensive way to create unique surface treatments for enhanced color finishes on concrete is to add color to the concrete sealer.

By Craig Park
April 1, 2002
Add Design to Concrete Borders, Edging, Curbs and Gutters

Decorative concrete curb or edging around flower bed separates the grass from the bark mulch under the tree. A look at the possibilites for adding value to projects with decorative concrete edging, curbs, gutters and borders. Here’s a look at some of the possibilities for adding value to these projects with decorative techniques.

By Gail Elber
April 10, 2002
It's Time to CARE About Sales Silence

The sound of silence represents the ability to truly hear what prospects are saying. Small child drawing a chart with chalk on a blackboard.Shhhh… Close your eyes and don’t make a sound. The sound of silence is the sound of sales increasing substantially for you and your company. The sound of silence represents the ability to truly hear what prospects are saying, before worrying about your next statement. It also represents the lack of time salespeople spend honing their sales skills

By Ken Lundin
February 24, 2011
Richard Smith Custom Concrete, West Hills, Calif.

Rick Smith owner and president of Richard Smith Custom Concrete in California.Rick Smith, owner and presidentof Richard Smith Custom Concrete of West Hills, California, subscribes to a business maxim that he believes is crucial to the success of any contractor business, or, in fact, any business: Do more listening and less talking.

By Bruce Hackett
April 1, 2002
Using Stencils to Create Decorative Sandblast Effect on Concrete

Stencil application with sandblasting created this theater black and white logo on the floor to the entrance.With little investment in equipment and training, sandblast stenciling will make an incredible profile in your concrete work.

By Gail Elber
April 7, 2002
Manufacturer Profile: Increte Systems, Inc.

Increte Systems is a one stop shop for decorative concrete supplies push education on its customers.After 39 years in business it's still; quality products, quality education, quality support that equate to quality installations every time.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
April 9, 2002
Decorative Resurfacing of Cracked Concrete Balconies

Fixing cracks in concrete decks by using semi-rigid epoxy that allows slight movement.More often than not, decorative resurfacing begins with some type of repair, whether it be patching of small holes before a chemical stain, thin repair of spalled concrete, crack repair, or a full depth structural repair. This article will discuss a project requiring both repair and prevention of recurring cracks on post-tensioned concrete decks.

By Dan Cook
April 1, 2002
Cookie Cutter type Aluminum Stamps for Concrete

Cookie cutter type aluminum stamps for concrete maintain precise joint lines.“Cookie Cutters” stamps offer unique characteristics and advantages not found among other stamping systems. In talking to various contractors who use aluminum stamps regularly, Concrete Decor found several valid reasons today’s concrete contractors should consider the aluminum stamps as a valuable tool for decorative concrete applications.

April 5, 2002
Decorative Concrete Tips: Marbleizing Cast-in-Place Concrete Countertops

How to make concrete look like marble, beautiful marble look concrete countertopThe trick is to let the material set with an open (mag trowelled) surface for about one hour for a standard one and one half inch thick top (Temp. dependent), this allows the Polymer to tighten up and lose some of its stickiness.

By Marshall Hoskins
April 1, 2002
Concrete Industry Spotlight: The British Are Coming!

Concrete contractors also cross-pollinate.Cross-pollination is one of my favorite concepts to think about. (Isn’t it odd that one could have so much time on their hands!) It’s when an idea or a product from one industry is taken and used in an entirely new way by a person from outside that industry. The person from outside the industry sees the idea or product from a totally different perspective — and also has his or her own set of unique talents to add to the process.

By Jim Peterson
April 1, 2002
​​​​​​​Tips and Pitfalls of Fast-Drying, Self-Leveling Concrete Toppings

Green street sign with Pitfall ahead written on it. Preparation and Timing are Everything with Fast-Drying, Self-Leveling ToppingsFast-drying, self-leveling products are often the product of choice when leveling and topping new construction concrete floors -- or resurfacing old concrete floors -- in a fast-track environment, such as malls, retail spaces, restaurants, hotels, casinos, museums, showrooms and warehouses. But these products have advantages and disadvantages.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
April 1, 2002
Ask Concrete Decor: Concrete Resurfacing and Overlays

Questions about concrete resurfacing answered.Many of those pedestrian-traveled venues that look like cobblestone, slate, brick and marble are in fact, cement surfaces fashioned to look like more expensive materials at a fraction of the cost. If you have questions, we have the answers.

By Ester Brody
April 5, 2002
Brilliant New Concrete Color from QC Construction Products

QC Cemtint can be used on concrete, brick, plaster, porous limestone, Mexican tile and gypsum products.Here’s a design truth retailers understand: before customers make the decision to purchase, they make the decision to enter the store. This showroom floor has proven irresistible to shoppers, with show-stopping color from QC Construction Products.

April 1, 2002
ZipWall's® Pioneering "Dust Wall" System Isolates Concrete Dust in Work Areas

Maintain a clean work site and minimize concrete dust with a plastic wall system.It doesn’t matter how good your dust recovery system may be, but when it comes to working indoors a dust control barrier system is imperative to maintaining clean and happy customers. ZipWall is the award-winning product that offers an effective method to isolating the dust and debris that’s associated with concrete cutting, profiling, or other applications.

April 1, 2002
The New Finishers Edge - Metal Straight Edge for Cutting Concrete

Metal track for cutting concrete in a straight line, Finishers Edge.The Finishers Edge is a new “straight-edge” cutting system designed to provide fast, affordable and a highly simplified means for cutting straight lines in concrete. Enclosed in a durable carrying case, the Finishers Edge comes with five stainless steel tracks; a 2', 3', 5', and (2) x 10' pieces.

April 1, 2002