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Vol. 6 No. 6 - December 2006/January 2007

Get the Golf Ball Look in a Concrete Patio

Concrete patio created by Scott Cohen of Green Scene to replicate the look of a golfball. The high-end landscape design and building firm is nationally recognized for creating custom pools, spas, fireplaces, concrete stamping and staining, ceramics and tile, outdoor kitchens, rock waterfalls and much more.

Editors
January 10, 2007
Xtra-Flex Concrete Forms by Metal Forms Corp.

Xtra-Flex bendable concrete forming materialPeople who work with concrete know that creative forming is essential for a high-quality finished product. It can sometimes be the most arduous part of concrete work, especially when curves and circles are involved.

Editors
January 11, 2007
Making New Concrete Blend with the Old

Concrete sign that blends in with it's older surroundingsThere have always been ways to make new projects blend into their older surroundings, but Sophisticated Finishes by Triangle Coatings Inc. offers a truly aged look.

Editors
January 12, 2007
Easy to use Breathable Epoxy Coatings

Large roller applicator for concrete overlays. Vexcon Chemicals PowerCoat OneVexcon Chemicals Inc., which has manufactured epoxies under the PowerCoat brand for more than 15 years, has become the first company to introduce breathable epoxies to the market.

Editors
January 14, 2007
Patriot Spraysafe System by Patriot Sprayer Systems Inc.

Patriot Spraysafe sprayer that uses carbon dioxide as the propulsion agent for the sprayer. What sets Patriot Spraysafe apart is carbon dioxide. The system uses carbon dioxide cartridges to propel liquid through its nozzle.

Editors
January 13, 2007
A New Look in Concrete Stamping Mats

Reflection stamp pattern for concrete from Matcrete.This 36-by-36-inch stamp has a "three-dimensional" design that looks like four overlapping concentric circles, with a bite taken out of either side of each circle — shapes described as bull's-eye hourglasses.

Editors
January 16, 2007
Stained Concrete Floors in a Huntington Beach "Warehouse"

What goes around comes around stenciled stained concrete floor sayingConcrete artisan Shellie Rigsby use decorative concrete for artistic expression. So when installing a decorative concrete floor at a youth center she envited the young people there to put their own stamp on the place.

By John Strieder
January 19, 2007
Applying Concrete Color Hardener as an Accent

Using concrete color hardener to create light and shade effects on a slab.Lee Levig of Concrete Works shows how applying color hardener to create light and shade effects on decorative concrete.

By Lee Levig
January 19, 2007
How to Create a Concrete Surface with a Sand Finish

Fire pit in the middle of a concrete slab.With concrete surface retarders, concrete can have a sand-etched finish.

By Joe Fettig
January 18, 2007
Concrete is an Expansive Canvas at Acanthus Inc.

Shellie Rigsby Cordell staining an image on a concrete floor.Shellie Rigsby started by conquering acid stain. Now, the Texas-based artist is setting her sights even higher.

By John Strieder
January 20, 2007
Does Polishing Concrete Floors Count as Recycling

A large warehouse with men working on the polishing of the floor instead of covering the concrete with another flooring option.Contractors who restore concrete floors give new meaning to the phrase "green thumb."

A concrete floor is a renewable resource.

By Peter Wagner, CSI
January 21, 2007
Decorative Concrete Dangers, Part 1: Surviving the Slowdown

Caution - "Decorative Dangers": The housing market slowdown, and how to survive it.  Keeping your decorative concrete business profitable during periods of economic slowdown."Decorative Dangers": The housing market slowdown, and how to survive it. Keeping your decorative concrete business profitable during periods of economic slowdown.

By Doug Carlton
January 22, 2007
The First Concrete Countertop Conference

Colored glass used as aggregate in concrete countertop fabrication.The Raleigh-based Concrete Countertop Institute sponsored conference was an important step for professionals in the decorative concrete industry in the establishment of quality standards for concrete countertop professionals and the building industry.

By Bent Mikkelsen
January 22, 2007
Soy-based Concrete Stains an Alternative to Acid Stain

SoyCrete is also used in vertical applications, as seen on this exterior concrete wall.SoyCrete is also used in vertical applications, as seen on this exterior wall.

Editors
January 25, 2007
Attain More Color Variations with Acrylic Concrete Stains

Acrylic stains for concrete often replace acids -- but even more intriguingly, the two can work together. Orange, Brown, Green and tan acrylic concrete stain in a geometric textured pattern.Acrylic stains for concrete often replace acids — but even more intriguingly, the two can work together.

By Mike Dawson
January 24, 2007
Floating Concrete Tools for Finishing Concrete Floors

Multiple concrete floating tools displayed in a circle on a concrete floor.One of the most basic yet important steps in finishing concrete, floating is as much of an art as it is a science. After the heavy lifting and digging involved in preparing a site for pouring concrete, floating it contrarily requires precise tools and a light hand.

By Elizabeth Gillette
January 26, 2007
A Prepper's Best Friend

The word "diamonds" is inevitably associated with the concept of "big bucks," but like many other things about diamond grinding, this is something of a misconception.The word "diamonds" is inevitably associated with the concept of "big bucks," but like many other things about diamond grinding, this is something of a misconception.

By Steven H. Miller
January 28, 2007
Answers to Common Concrete Sealer Problems

New sealers compliant with VOC laws have contractors in cold sweats. With these tips, you can REALLY start breathing easier.New sealers compliant with VOC laws have contractors in cold sweats. With these tips, you can REALLY start breathing easier.

By Bart Sacco
January 29, 2007
Decorative Concrete Restoration Contest Winners

Polished Concrete Images, a division of K. Johnson Construction Inc., Sauk Rapids, Minn., for the Eich Motor Co. luxury auto dealership showroom in St. Cloud, Minn.From indoor pools to backyard fountains, the winners of Concrete Decor's first annual Concrete Restoration contest gave faded concrete a new lease on life.

Editors
January 11, 2007
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