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Vol. 5 No. 3 - June/July 2005

Integral Concrete Color Specialists Share their Tips for Success

KML Finishers prepare steps for using concrete release agent and then stamping a concrete sidewalk.Color specialists offer advice for getting the look that you — and your customers — are counting on.

By Amy Johnson
June 1, 2005
Straight Talk on Stamping Curved Concrete

With concrete sealers it is best to keep sprinklers from repeatedly wetting the surface of the concrete.There’s nothing like a nice curve, but advance planning is essential. Ask any man and he will confess the more curve the better. Ask any women and she will agree curves are good as long as they flow — no bulging. Ask a decorative stamping crew and they will agree curves can cause loss of sleep at the design and installation phase.

By Doug Carlton
June 2, 2005
Add Faux Concrete Rocks to Your Decorative Concrete Portfolio

Whether you create them on site or buy them precast, faux rocks can be a valuable part of your portfolio.Whether you create them on site or buy them precast, faux rocks can be a valuable part of your portfolio.

By John Strieder
July 1, 2005
How to Apply Protective Sealers to Decorative Concrete

Huge garage black and dark gray squares of concrete sealed properly with concrete sealer.Proper application of a sealer is essential to just about every decorative concrete job.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
July 4, 2005
How to use Glass as Aggregate in Concrete

Glass aggregate can replace part or all of the sand and gravel in concrete, for effects that range from colorful terrazzo, to granite- or marble-like finishes, to concrete that reflects light like a mirror. Glass aggregate can even be used to produce concrete that literally glows.Crushed or ground glass can substitute for gravel or sand while adding beauty to decorative concrete.

By David Thompson
July 8, 2005
How to Apply Color and Eye Catching Design to Polished Concrete Floors

A rounded corrugated roofing material enhances the Curvy border in green colored polished concrete floor designed from using graphic tape when apply the concrete color. Graphic design can be produced before or after the full curing of the slab, utilizing saw cuts, specialty tape, stamping or stenciling. In this article we will focus on the methods used following a full cure, in conjunction with acid stains and acetone-based dyes.

By Peter Wagner, CSI
July 11, 2005
Lokahi Stone: Decorative Concrete with Hawaiian Spirit

Camp style concrete countertop on a Hawaiian beach with a sunset in the background over the ocean.This company’s founders left careers in an international construction firm to offer decorative concrete with the spirit of Aloha.

Editors
June 1, 2005
Specialty Concrete Products Developed with Experience and Enthusiasm

Red phoenix engraved and colored concrete design.A commitment to quality, innovation and exemplary customer service make Specialty Concrete Products a leader in the industry.

By Loretta Hall
July 15, 2005
Concrete Color Recipe: Designer's Disaster Turns to Gold for Concrete Contractor

An interior designer recently approached a decorative concrete contractor in Naples, Fla., for a solution to an unfortunate stroke of ill luck.An interior designer recently approached a decorative concrete contractor in Naples, Fla., for a solution to an unfortunate stroke of ill luck.

Editors
July 16, 2005
Make an outdoor fish prepping concrete countertop

Integrally colored concrete fish prepping table featuring an Oregon caught ling cod. This concrete fish prepping table top was made by Michael Dahl, who precast it in a foam mold and used small mixes of different integral colors to create the mottled effect. The top of the sink is ground to expose the aggregate within the concrete.

Editors
June 23, 2005
The QuikShot Vertical Mix Shotcrete Machine

The scaled-down machine goes through less concrete per batch. A contractor can mix two buckets of concrete, shoot it, then lay the gun down and go to work shaping the wet mud.The QuikShot Vertical Mix Shotcrete Machine, distributed by FossilCrete Inc., is a typical shotcrete pump, only smaller. And that makes it perfect for decorative concrete contractors.

Editors
July 19, 2005
CDCLarue Industries Pulse-Bac

CDCLarue's Pulse-Bac Industrial Vacuum & Dust Collector will remove and contain that dust without constant clogs or lagging lift.CDCLarue’s Pulse-Bac Industrial Vacuum & Dust Collector will remove and contain that dust without constant clogs or lagging lift.

Editors
July 18, 2005
Decorative Concrete Tips: Need a Tool? Make it yourself!

A six-inch edger was transformed into a customized chamfer tool to provide a clean, straight and more consistent finish on the top edge of retaining walls and precast wall panels.It happens often: A concrete contractor is faced with a project that requires adaptations to an existing form or tool to shape the concrete during that critical hour before it turns hard.

Editors
August 1, 2005
Should I Thin My Concrete Sealer?

Is thinning a sealer recommended? The obvious answer is no.Is thinning a sealer recommended? The obvious answer is “no.” Anytime you alter a sealer’s formulation you risk affecting its performance — not to mention voiding any stated warranty.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
July 2, 2005
How to Store Partially-used Concrete Sealers

Two men using a concrete sealer to finish off a beautiful outdoor decorative concrete patio.One-part concrete sealer products are easily stored for reuse in the future. Of course, you want to avoid foreign contaminants, so don’t pour back into the container what you may have portioned off unless you strain the used material first.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
July 3, 2005
Roller System make Texturing Concrete Easy

Thanks to a new roller system from Kraft Tool Co., contractors no longer have to rock around the clock to get texturing projects done in half the time.Thanks to a new roller system from Kraft Tool Co., contractors no longer have to rock around the clock to get texturing projects done in half the time.

Editors
July 9, 2005
Brickform Skins Flex to Suit

A natural stone surface with a sandy texture that includes clefts which leave a layered appearance. Brickform.comWhen it comes to texture skins, flexibility is often appreciated, and Brickform LLC aims to please.

Editors
June 24, 2005
Scofield Stamps Mimic Keystone Slate

The Pennsylvania Slate series is modeled after a natural slate found in the Keystone State. The rock is popular there as an accent for traditional architectural styles.A new stamp pattern from L.M. Scofield Co. offers serious stampers a taste of old America.

Editors
July 9, 2005
New Designs Coming from Custom Concrete Creations Inc.

In the border stamp department, the company is preparing several new models of 18-inch interlocking border stamps to complement the 12-inch tools it already sells. The designs -- a fancy scrollwork, a rose design and a redesigned dolphin pattern -- are expected to be on the market in a couple of months.Custom Concrete Creations Inc., which sells interlocking, swiveling stamps to fit curved borders, plans to corner a whole new market.

Editors
July 10, 2005
White Cap Offers Amazing New Tool

White Cap Construction Supply's director of Web-based services,Bob Mealey, offers some pointers to Marisela Marroquin from White Cap's marketing department.The distributor’s new Web site offers customized features that will allow you to streamline and document your bidding, planning and purchases.

By Bob Mealey
June 30, 2005
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