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Vol. 6 No. 4 - August/September 2006

A Look at Concrete Power Trowels

The 24-inch Stone Smooth Operator Trowel is an edger trowel that features a Reader Service 47 rotating edger ring to finish along walls or other obstructions without scuffing or gouging.Learn how walk-behind trowels can improve an operator's comfort, control and flat finishes.

Editors
September 9, 2006
Dirty Job's Mike Rowe on a Decorative Concrete Job Site for a Day

Mike Row and Richard Smith pose for the camera after a dirty job spreading concrete color hardener.When Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs show called Richard Smith Custom Concrete about sending host Mike Rowe out to a decorative concrete job site for a day, Rick Smith rubbed his hands with glee, thinking to himself, "We're gonna get this guy filthy!"

Editors
August 1, 2006
A Peelable Concrete Stain Block

A product that stops the migration of stain and moisture in concrete.LesCoat is a concrete stain block with a surprise ending — it’s peelable.

Editors
September 8, 2006
Eliminating Color Spots in Microtoppings

Among his crew's jobsite tools is a big commercial blender, the stainless steel type used in bars and restaurants. Color powder is measured in with acetone and a little water, then blended, beaten, whipped and frapped to a fine liquid. "The acetone breaks everything down and melts the color," Smith says.Are you seeing spots? How to get rid of spots when adding color to your microtoppings.

By Richard Smith
September 8, 2006
Stained Concrete Floors with a Sacred Meaning

Bright yellow flower with a red center on a concrete surface using concrete stains.Architects and designers working on the construction of the new Potawatomi Executive Building developed an elaborate stained-concrete floral pattern for the rotunda floor.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
August 9, 2006
Wisconsin: Not the Epicenter for Decorative Concrete

bright red and orange coated concrete floor in a specialized auto part store.Wisconsin is not exactly the epicenter of the decorative concrete universe, but this determined contractor is making a splash with his beautiful work.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
August 5, 2006
Fixing Another Contractor's Mistake

Dog foot prints in drying concrete. Photo courtesy of Rick SmithFixing Another Contractor's Mistake Whether it's your own work or someone else's, you may be called upon to fix a decorative concrete project gone awry. Trowel & Error is a new column that celebrates the fact that there's always a solution to every decorative concrete problem.

By Richard Smith
August 14, 2006
The Art of Bidding and Estimating a Decorative Concrete Job

If you do quality decorative concrete work, more work is sure to come your way. But what should you be charging?Protect your business with these proven techniques for pricing jobs.

By Wendy Ardolino
September 4, 2006
Transitioning to Decorative Concrete

Transitioning to Decorative Concrete Doug Carlton of Carlton Concrete offers sound advice on how to transition your structural concrete business into one that specializes in decorative concrete applications.Transitioning to Decorative Concrete Doug Carlton of Carlton Concrete offers sound advice on how to transition your structural concrete business into one that specializes in decorative concrete applications.

By Doug Carlton
August 4, 2006
How to Prep a Surface for a Cementitious Microtoppings

Prepping for a cementitious microtopping is the most important part of the job.In case you had any doubts... surface prep is everything. The most important thing about a microtopping is what lies underneath.

By Mike Dawson
August 1, 2006
Using Stencils on Outdoor Vertical Surfaces

Whether you're working on a decorative wall in a backyard or the exterior walls of a 15-story building, consider stencils for vertical surfaces.Whether you're working on a decorative wall in a backyard or the exterior walls of a 15-story building, consider stencils for vertical surfaces.

By John Strieder
August 29, 2006
Concrete to Dye For

Chemical or acid-based reactive stains color concrete by a very different mechanism. The acid catalyzes a chemical reaction with the lime in the concrete, creating a variegated, dappled effect. Pigments in the stain impart color. Colors of reactive stains are similar to colors that occur naturally in stone, so the palette is somewhat limited.Concrete dyes are tailor-made for color adjustment on staining jobs, and on their own, they offer an endless array of colors. So release your inner artist and give 'em a try!

By Amy Johnson
August 25, 2006
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