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Vol. 3 No. 4 - August/September 2003

Epoxy Aggregate Systems for Decorative Toppings

Epoxy pebble system was used to created a dolphin in this design.Generally, epoxy-aggregate systems fall into two broad categories: porous and nonporous — also called “open” and “closed” systems. The porous systems use epoxy-pebble mortar. The nonporous systems include terrazzo systems, troweled epoxy mortars and broadcast epoxy systems.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
September 4, 2003
Thin Is In: Micro-toppings Offer Beauty and Versatility

Logo of a Native American is placed on concrete using mircrotopping

Architectural micro-toppings are as versatile as they are beautiful.

Defined by their thickness — or lack of it — they are generally between 1/32-inch and 1/8-inch thick. They are typically applied with a trowel or squeegee but can also be broom finished.

By Denise Wendt
September 2, 2003
Cutting Pictures in Concrete with Diamonds - Gerald Taylor

In this living room the concrete was cleared of tack strips and glue and then thoroughly cleaned.The lines and flowing curves were drawn freehand using green chalk.In this living room the concrete was cleared of tack strips and glue and then thoroughly cleaned.The lines and flowing curves were drawn freehand using green chalk.

Editors
September 1, 2003
Diamond Blades Are a Guy's Best Friend

Diamond blades are essential for cutting grooves, lines and control joints.Cutting lines, grooves and control joints with diamond blades is nothing new for concrete contractors, but enterprising craftsmen have been putting their creativity to the test by using the blades to produce decorative borders, graphic designs or V-shaped grooves that look like they were hand-tooled.

By Christina Camara
August 26, 2003
Decorative Concrete Tips: Fixing a Crack With Artistry

Concrete crack fixed by adding art.Fixing cracks in concrete can go a long way when you use an artisic flair to spice it up.

By Dave White
August 24, 2003
Decorative Techniques with Fiber Reinforcement for Concrete

GFRC Fibers for fiber reinforced concreteBuilders have been using fibers to reinforce clay, plaster, mortar, and concrete since ancient times. According to the fifth chapter of Exodus, Pharaoh knew the value of fiber reinforcement when he commanded the Jews to find their own straw for making bricks.

By Gail Elber
August 24, 2003
Architectural Concrete Design, "Wild" About Concrete

Chris McMahon's high-quality work and bold marketing plan help him stand out from the pack.Chris McMahon’s high-quality work and bold marketing plan help him stand out from the pack.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
August 22, 2003
Manufacturer Profile: Miracote

Koi pond installed in the Phoenix Children's Museum as part of Concrete Decor Show using Miracote productsThe Miracote story began in the 1930s, when Jack Crossfield developed a way to create coatings that combine natural latex with hydrating cement. Charles Watt and Howard Patch acquired the rights to Crossfield’s patent and, in 1938, established Crossfield Products Corp.

By John Strieder
August 20, 2003
Cheng Design's NeoMix for Concrete Countertops

Cheng's NeoMix was used to make this display for an upscale shoe boutiqueThe NeoMix system, from Cheng Design, makes it easy to create beautiful countertops. The system includes admixtures, custom-developed pigments, water reducers, semi-precious aggregates, sealer, wax, and finishing pads and tools.

Photo courtesy of Cheng Desgin

Editors
August 19, 2003
Engrave-A-Crete's The Mongoose Concrete Engraver

The Mongoose Engraver in action on a concrete floorThe Mongoose 411, from Engrave-a-Crete, is a compact engraving saw with a powerful, high-rpm motor. Designed specifically for decorative concrete, it will enable you to easily cut beautiful patterns and designs with great accuracy, whether you’re making straight lines or circles.

Editors
August 9, 2003
The Portable Hippo Mixer for Easy Concrete Transport

Porta Hippo Mixer has an easy tilt feature that allows contractors to mix, transport and pour concrete easily.The Hippo Mixer’s easy tilt feature allows contractors to mix, transport and pour materials with unparalleled ease. With a mixing capacity of roughly 18 gallons (or 240 lbs), its high torque, 16-amp, two-speed motor makes it a natural for mixing self-leveling materials more productively while reducing operator fatigue.

Editors
August 8, 2003
Cutting Pictures in Concrete with Diamonds - Colorado Hardscapes

Colorado Hardscapes cut this design in concrete with a diamond blade and ground it down for the desired affectShown is integrally colored concrete with brass letters placed in the surface. Work done by Coloradao Hardscapes.

Editors
August 18, 2003
Cutting Pictures in Concrete with Diamonds - Premier Veneers

Jeffrey Donius project - renovated concrete floorA design from the front of a jewelry case in the owner’s family was painstakingly re-created in concrete and enclosed by a circular border.

Editors
August 17, 2003
Cutting Pictures in Concrete with Diamonds - Engrave-A-Crete

A sophisticated design on a concrete floor made by cutting a series of straight lines into the floor.A sophisticated design on a concrete floor made by cutting a series of straight lines into the floor.

Editors
August 16, 2003
Cutting Pictures in Concrete with Diamonds - Nickel Concrete Staining

Concrete flowers were cut into a concrete floor to add art to this room.Straight lines were created using a worm drive saw; arches were done with a saw mounted on a compass-like device.

Editors
August 15, 2003
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