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Vol. 3 No. 3 - June/July 2003

Concrete Sealers At-A-Glance

Comparing concrete sealers - man spraying concrete sealer onto a basement floor that has been stained with acid stain.Characteristics of concrete sealers vary depending on the specific formulation, but typically the following applies to these most commonly used concrete sealers:

June 1, 2003
Concrete Designs by Marvin and Lilli Ann Rosenberg

Giant concrete lizard made of tile, concrete and white cement. Native American stylingLilli Ann Rosenberg discovered concrete more or less by accident, when a concrete truck dumped a pile of wet cement in a vacant lot across the street from the Henry Street Settlement in New York City, where she taught art to children.

By Rosemary Camozzi
June 1, 2003
Concrete Inspired Art by Carole Vincent

Carole Vincent sculpted a piece of concrete into an artistic expression for a garden. Round bottomed piece with two people rising from the outside.Carole Vincent lives in Cornwall, England, in a house overlooking the sea. Her father was a concrete contractor and she grew up around the trade, originally working with concrete as a building material and then turning to more artistic uses for her favorite medium.

June 1, 2003
Concrete Inspired Artistry by Buddy Rhodes

Concrete Bench by Buddy Rhodes sits in a perfect green lawn.Buddy Rhodes uses his own concrete mix — which he also sells to contractors — to create hollow three-dimensional pieces. The water/cement ratio is about one part water to 10 parts mix.

By Rosemary Camozzi
June 1, 2003
A Cementitious Dry Wall Mix by Flex-C-Ment

Cementitious dry mix for vertical carving of concrete or a concrete coating wall system by Flex-C-Ment.Flex-C-Ment Wall Mix is a cementitious dry mix designed specifically for deep wall textures, creating the appearance of various stone and brick patterns. It can be applied up to 2"-3" thick without sagging.

By Harlan Baldridge
June 1, 2003
How to Apply Texture Crete to Concrete Surfaces

Cementitious overlay product in a checker board pattern by Life Deck, Texture-Crete.Texture-Crete, manufactured by Life Deck, is a polymer-modified cementitious coating that can be applied to existing concrete surfaces as well as plywood decks. The coating creates a decorative and safe textured finish with numerous color and texture options.

July 22, 2003
Stencil Concrete with Stencil Systems Inc.

Concrete stencils for existing concrete can be troweled over to create a more realistic finish.Great concrete stencil products and top-notch technical support define this hardworking company.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
July 21, 2003
From Concrete Mountains to Concrete Mine Shafts, Lakeland Makes it all

Maintenance is minimal on outdoor concrete waterfalls. The UV light is the most damaging.Near Lake Tahoe, a 24-foot tall mountain gushing numerous waterfalls, pools, and a meandering stream winding through the grounds. On the side of the mountain you can see an old, abandoned mineshaft with a rusted railcar on the siding. Birds fly from tree branch to streamside as water gently splashes over rocks. It certainly looks and sounds real, but it's not.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
July 7, 2003
Decorative Concrete Tips: Cleaning a Pump Sprayer

Quickly clean a pump spray so you can use it over and over.Sprayers can be a real pain in the neck when they don’t work right, so I’d like to share a procedure that has worked well for us through the years. This was developed after throwing away a mountain of spent sprayer cans!

By Bart Sacco
June 1, 2003
Keep Concrete Work Beautiful by Choosing the Correct Concrete Sealer

Large concrete slab finished with blued color hardener and then sealed with the correct concrete sealer.Match the sealer to the job, and let your work shine! Concrete sealers help protect and beautify concrete work. But choosing the right one from a bewildering assortment of products is not always easy. Making the best selection depends on several factors: the application, desired aesthetics and maintenance requirements. Knowing the basics can help you make the right choice for each project.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
June 5, 2003
Concrete Color Hardeners - A Dual Purpose Application

Concrete contractor throwing color hardener on a fresh concrete slab ready to be stamped or textured.Dry shake hardeners are increasingly popular as coloring agents. Color hardeners are made from cement, sand and pigment, with finishing agents, wetting agents or retardants added to suit manufacturers’ preferences.

By John Strieder
June 3, 2003
Meet 3 Concrete Inspired Artists

Meet three Concrete Inspired Artists who love working with concrete.Check out what these folks have done with “boring old concrete.” A new stamping pattern,a really cool countertop or an unusual color effect always draws an excited crowd at a concrete training school or trade show.

By Rosemary Camozzi
June 2, 2003
Keep Your Concrete Pliable with the Right Aggregate

Aggregate used in concrete close-up. What type of concrete is the best choice for a concrete mix?Experts offer some rock-solid advice. Any concrete mix is an attempt to balance cost, placeability and setting time while maintaining the necessary qualities of strength and durability.

By Gail Elber
June 1, 2003