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Vol. 6 No. 2 - April/May 2006

How to use Shotcrete to Create Artificial Rock

Concrete contractor spraying shotcrete on a hillside from a lift.Contractors are increasingly using shotcrete for making artificial rock. The equipment is expensive, but the results are spectacular.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
April 23, 2006
Concrete Overlays for Wood Surfaces Create The Ultimate Makeover

Mockups are indispensable. And trainings, which are widely available throughout the country, aren't a bad idea either.Tips for putting a polymer-modified cementitious overlay on top of a wood surface.

By David Thompson
April 25, 2006
Mix Messages: How Performance Admixtures Affect Integral Color

Air-entrained concrete also gives workers something to sink their trowels into -- a creamy, foamy topping that some say responds better than straight concrete. Does the use of admixtures change the intensity of integral color?

By John Strieder
February 17, 2011
Take Another Look at Form Liners for Concrete

Form liners are essentially molds for giving texture and design to vertical concrete surfaces.As an old technology finds new applications, walls take on shape and texture.

By Amy Johnson
April 28, 2006
A Guide to Turning Ordinary Steps into Colorful Decorative Concrete Steps

Pour the concrete as dry as possible to eliminate pressure against your formwork, and take your time. You may try vibrating or tapping the riser lightly to eliminate all voids on the vertical surface of the form liner.A seasoned concrete contractor offers a step-by-step guide for success with decorative concrete steps.

By Doug Carlton
April 26, 2006
A Profile on Masterpiece Concrete Compositions

It's always nice to find a company that offers the vision of a fine artist, the know-how of a chemist, and the entrepreneurial drive of an inventor. And in the talented team of Bernie Apodaca and Debra O'Leary of Masterpiece Concrete Compositions, you'll find all these characteristics and more.Bernie Apodaca and Debra O'Leary use a variety of systems to suit each customer's taste and budget. Their projects are elegant and innovative.

By Chris Camara
April 20, 2006
Ductal: An Ultra-high Strength Concrete Looking for Problems

Designer Omer Arbel's 8.0 Chair used Ductal to shatter any preconceived images of concrete furnitureThis high-performance concrete from Lafarge offers incredible flexural strength and endless possibilities for creativity.

By Michael Chusid
May 1, 2006
Techniques for Stamping an Overlay

Where walls or adjoining slabs are not in alignment, an applicator should also consider more random stamping patterns as a way to avoid layout problems.Concrete Decor‘s Technique section is designed to offer readers helpful information on methods for properly preparing concrete surfaces and installing decorative concrete products. This month, we’ll focus on techniques for stamping an overlay

By Scott Wyatt
April 30, 2006
A New Process for Tilt-up Concrete Walls

Pattern-crete uses tilt-up construction up side down.Ken Tucker, a resourceful contractor solves a potential color problem with a new process - turning tilt-up concrete panels upside down.

By Amy Johnson
April 29, 2006
How Long Should You Guarantee Your Concrete Work?

How long should you guarantee your work? It all depends on who you ask. Four successful contractors from California to New York share their philosophy on warrantiesHow long should you guarantee your work? It all depends on who you ask. Four successful contractors from California to New York share their philosophy on warranties.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
May 4, 2006
The Natural World in Cast-in-place Concrete Relief Murals

Using a cast in place concrete technique to create a bas relief image in a concrete wall.Artist and designer Linda Patterson of Newark, Calif., created 15 cast-in-place relief murals — 2,136 linear feet in all — to adorn underpasses along the 12.8-mile San Tomas Aquino / Saratoga Creek Trail in Santa Clara County, Calif.

Editors
April 1, 2006
How to Eliminate White Specks in Colored Concrete

Everyone knows you should use white cement to bring out brilliant colors in your concrete projects (see Concrete Decor's Feb./March issue). What isn't so widely known is how to prevent white specks from appearing in some of those deeper colors.Everyone knows you should use white cement to bring out brilliant colors in your concrete projects. What isn't so widely known is how to prevent white specks from appearing in some of those deeper colors.

By Lee Dawson
May 26, 2006
Shotcrete Design Tips: Getting it Right

There are a number of principles that come into play when designing a landscape, including proportion, unity, balance and rhythm. These principles should also be considered when incorporating faux rock into a landscape setting.There are a number of principles that come into play when designing a landscape, including proportion, unity, balance and rhythm. These principles should also be considered when incorporating faux rock into a landscape setting.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
April 21, 2006
Which Portable Concrete Mixer is Right for You?

Whiteman plaster/mortar and concrete mixers are heavy-duty mixers from Multiquip that are reliable, easy to maintain, and offered in a full range of sizes and engine configurations for virtually any application.Modular, compact and sturdy in design; portable concrete mixers come in designs to fit all construction needs.

Editors
April 25, 2006
A Concrete Fish Story for the Record Books

When planning your next fishing trip, check out the big catch in the Canadian city of Calgary,where 144 trout over 15 feet long will soon be seen swimmingWhen planning your next fishing trip, check out the big catch in the Canadian city of Calgary, where 144 trout over 15 feet long will soon be seen "swimming" alongside the daily traffic at a busy interchange.

By Michael Chusid
May 2, 2006
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