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Vol. 4 No. 5 - October/November 2004

The Many Advantages of Superplasticizers

Superplasticizers can be a godsend when working with concrete. Here is a list of the many advantages to using them in your concrete work.Superplasticizers can be a godsend when working with concrete. Here is a list of the many advantages to using them in your concrete work.

Editors
October 10, 2004
How to Officially Test Slump in Concrete

For practical purposes, most seasoned contractors can tell if the slump is right when they see the concrete coming down the chute.Most decorative concrete contractors don’t conduct standardized tests when pouring driveways, pool decks or the like. For practical purposes, most seasoned contractors can tell if the slump is right when they see the concrete coming down the chute. Learn how to get official results the easy way.

Editors
October 9, 2004
Decorative Concrete Tips: Getting Rust Out of Concrete

Rusty concrete has been cleaned with Tek GelAt a recent Flattoo workshop conducted by Surface Gel Tek, Tamryn Doolan discussed many decorative uses for the company’s products. But I also learned another surprising benefit of Tek Gel for Profiling besides its etching and stenciling capabilities.

Editors
October 5, 2004
Precast Concrete Countertops: Forms, Mixes, Tools and Finishes

Precast concrete countertop with a hole for a sink and faucet.Concrete countertop productionfalls into two general categories: cast-in-place and precast countertops. Here we will explore various techniques used in precasting concrete countertops.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
October 6, 2004
How to Choose the Right Sealers for Concrete Countertops

sealers are not a total guarantee, they can go a long way in ensuring a concrete countertop retains its Concrete countertops need protection from everyday abuses. The acids in vinegar and lemon juice can etch the surface, and the strong colors in tea, red wine and mustard can cause stains. While sealers are not a total guarantee, they can go a long way in ensuring a concrete countertop retains its “like new” appearance for a good long while.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
October 7, 2004
Testing Slump in Your Concrete Mix and Why It Is Important

Slump measures the viscosity of the concrete to know how it will react once set.However you define slump, the bottom line remains the same: Slump is a test for the rigidity of uncured concrete. Lower slump concrete is very stiff, and higher slump concrete is more fluid.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
October 8, 2004
Recycling Concrete Can Help in Times of Shortage

Using pieces of leftover concrete is a great way to help when there is a shortage of materials.In order to understand a cement shortage, we must first take a look at the factors that are responsible for the lack of this precious material. They include growth in construction activity, limited supply, and increased shipping rates.

By Evan Lloyd
October 12, 2004
Concrete Countertop Company Offers Valuable, Intensive Training

Intensive countertop training is second to none in the countertop market.Countertops were the name of the game at a recent workshop sponsored by the Institute for American Craftsmanship in Eugene, Oregon. Offering its participants valuable experience in making precast and cast-in-place countertops, decorative concrete tiles and even concrete stools.

By Rosemary Camozzi
October 14, 2004
Perseverance Pays Off: Concrete Innovations by Hallack, Turlock, Calif.

Concrete floor stained and etched with a rising sun and grapes.As the owner of Concrete Innovations by Hallack, a small company that specializes in restoring concrete floors, Julio Hallack is a dedicated student of what’s underfoot.

By David Thompson
October 3, 2004
Manufacturer Profile: QC Construction Products, Madera, California

Large stamped concrete patio in front of a mammoth houseStarted in 1992 in Madera, Calif., QC Construction began life as a regional supplier of decorative concrete raw materials — colors, hardeners, release powders — to contractors in central and southern California. The company blossomed in the mid-’90s when contractors and homeowners alike discovered that there was more to concrete than mere shades of gray.

By John Chandler
October 11, 2004
Earth Tone Colored Concrete Pigmented Zion National Park Bridge

Davis Colors pigments match the colors of the earth, helping this bridge blend into the landscape at Zion National Park.Davis Colors pigments match the colors of the earth, helping this bridge blend into the landscape at Zion National Park.

Editors
October 1, 2004
Top Cast Chemical Surface Retarder for Decorative Concrete

Top Cast is a water-based, film-forming surface retarder that saves time by eliminating the need for covering the surface even when it rains.Top Cast is a water-based, film-forming surface retarder that saves time by eliminating the need for covering the surface even when it rains. The product, available in thirteen depths of etch, is designed for poured-in-place flatwork and the top surface of precast panels.

Editors
October 20, 2004
Magic Trowel Smooths Concrete Surfaces Without the Trowel Line

Using a Magic Trowel can help you achieve a smooth finish without trowel lines.Originally developed for finishing drywall, this magical tool smooths concrete surfaces without leaving any trowel lines. “We’re getting so many calls from concrete people,” says Joe Torres, president of TexMaster Tools, which makes the Magic Trowel. “The guys in this industry are going crazy!”

Editors
October 25, 2004
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