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Custom decorative concrete developed by Aggregate Industries US brings hockey imagery to life at new Boston Bruins practice facility

With a landmark 68-foot-high hockey stick, the new 75,000-square-foot practice complex of the Boston Bruins hockey team includes an ice rink with seating for 660 fans, a lobby featuring displays of Bruins accomplishments, a modern locker suite and team lounge and expansive training and weight rooms.

Diamond Blades Are a Guy's Best Friend

Diamond blades are essential for cutting grooves, lines and control joints.Cutting lines, grooves and control joints with diamond blades is nothing new for concrete contractors, but enterprising craftsmen have been putting their creativity to the test by using the blades to produce decorative borders, graphic designs or V-shaped grooves that look like they were hand-tooled.

Water-jet tool roughens concrete surfaces
The Simple Concrete Float Can Make or Break Your Job

When your goal is a floor with vibrant color, a polished slab that draws the eye or even a perfectly finished sidewalk, floating is one of those steps that get you to that point.Sometimes the most basic steps in completing a successful concrete pour are overlooked or minimized. When your goal is a floor with vibrant color, a polished slab that draws the eye or even a perfectly finished sidewalk, floating is one of those steps that get you to that point.

Plate Compactors and Rammers: Making a Choice Before the Concrete Pour

The most important factor in making that choice is the type of soil to be compacted. A rammer, which uses a piston set and springs to generate force, works best on cohesive soils, which are composed of clay and silts. Vibratory plates, on the other hand, are low-amplitude, high-frequency machines. They are most effective compacting granular soils, which are made up of sand and gravel.When raw soil or aggregate needs to be compacted before a pour, what do decorative concrete contractors use to pound the ground? Rollers are too much machine for smaller jobs. So generally, the choice is between rammers and vibratory plate compactors.

enVisions Casting Mat from PreiTech Corp.

PreiTech mat laid out to show its shiny colors.It’s hard to describe enVisions using words alone. The plastic casting mat, which is laid into a countertop form before the concrete is poured, creates a genuinely unique, shimmering visual effect on a concrete surface.

Bosch GBH2-28L 1-1/8 inch Bulldog Xtreme Max SDS-plus Rotary Hammer offers 8.5 amps of power

The Bosch GBH2-28L rotary hammer merits its place in the long line of legendary Bosch Bulldogs.

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.

Automated spray system from Fas-Trak Industries
How to Excel at Concrete Countertop Sink and Edge Fabrication

A grinder smoothing the inside of a concrete sink.A review of tools and methods for sink polishing and edge profiling concrete countertops.

Choosing the Right Vacuum Cleaner

Pulse-bac vacuum cleaner.For many contractors, a shop or industrial vacuum may be an afterthought. At the very least, you may not put a whole lot of time into choosing the vacuum that specifically fits your company's needs.

What Considerations To Make When Purchasing A Vacuum

large vacuum with dust collecting featureThe philosophy behind purchasing industrial vacuums for controlling airborne dust is changing in the concrete industry, especially with new federal rules now in place concerning worker exposure to these particles.

Easy to use SpiderLath a Metal Lath Alternative

Even though it's a new product, they don't need to be reeducated on how to put it on the wall.If you apply vertical concrete, carve concrete walls or create cast pieces, sooner or later you may have to face a painful truth: Traditional metal lath can be troublesome.

Data Loggers Available to Track Relative Humidity and Temperature

Both data loggers use Bluetooth technology and an app that works with Apple or Android smart devices.In an effort to help contractors resolve moisture-related problems in concrete, Wagner Meters and Tramex are introducing new monitoring devices to track and document relative humidity and temperatures at a job site.

How to Make Troweling Concrete Easier on the Job Site

power trowel on concreteLet’s face it, working concrete is a hard job. It’s hard on the hands, the back and especially the knees. Fortunately, for some contractors there’s an option that allows them to stand upright and still complete their jobs.

7 Tips for Taking Care of Sprayers

Man using sprayer cap on 5 gallon bucketDavid Dalton of Sprayers Plus — a supplier of spray tools for a wide range of uses — suggests these tips pertaining to sprayer care and maintenance.

How to gauge grinders for polished concrete jobs

Before purchasing a grinding/polishing machine, polished concrete contractors must determine what types of jobs they are seeking -- smaller custom-design projects or larger-volume ones.Before purchasing a grinding/polishing machine, polished concrete contractors must determine what types of jobs they are seeking — smaller custom-design projects or larger-volume ones.

Moisture Tests in Concrete: Calcium Chloride vs. Relative Humidity

When good floor coatings go bad, moisture is often the culprit. When good floor coatings go bad, moisture is often the culprit.

Even cured concrete can emit enough moisture to blister, cloud or delaminate a coating, especially when a slab with no vapor barrier sits on ground with poor drainage. The manufacturers of overlays, microcoatings, sealers and specialty coatings set moisture tolerance limits for their products.

Radial Concrete Stamps Have Come Full Circle

Concrete that has been stamped with a radial stamp and embedded with a concrete compass rose.Radial stamps, multipiece tools that create circular and curved patterns, have earned stamp manufacturers a round of applause.

Salting your Concrete Slab 

Hand rollers for concrete to make the appearance of a rock salt finish.To get the look, Ralston scattered rock salt here and there on the fresh pour, along with drops of retardant. After washing away the salt and retardant the next day and attacking the concrete with an acid-water solution and a wire brush, his team had the aged, corroded effect they wanted.

Electric Machines Can Ease Workload

In the category of wheelbarrows, this one packs a heck of a lot of power. Electric wheelbarrows and mini skid-steers can ease manual labor.In the category of wheelbarrows, this one packs a heck of a lot of power. Electric wheelbarrows and mini skid-steers can ease manual labor.

The Rundown on Concrete Polishing Machines

Polishing a floor requires the right tool for the job.In this Tooling section, Concrete Decor magazine focused on walk-behind models, handheld models, edgers and other tools that can be helpful to decorative contractors on small and medium-sized jobs.

Create Stronger Concrete with Consolidation Tools

The E-Screed is a precisionengineered lightweight wet screed for single operator strike-off of concrete. This high-frequency screed produces uniform vibration distribution over the entire blade length.Most decorative concrete contractors know that consolidating concrete is as essential to a quality finished product as mix ratio or proper finishing and curing. Consolidating forces air out of the concrete and encourages aggregate to rotate and fit together tighter, creating stronger concrete.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Concrete Pours

Large scaled eagle engraved and colored in concrete.Engrave-A-Crete, which manufactures tools and templates to engrave concrete, has come up with a state-of-the-art solution to help contractors help clients envision designs for their decorative concrete projects.

Concrete Stencils from Universal Templates

Universal Templates stencil was rolled onto this driveway and creates a uniform patternUniversal Templates manufactures plastic adhesive backed templates/stencils for the decorative concrete industry. The company has 15 different patterns, which can be purchased in 250 sq. ft. rolls (3 ft. wide x 84 ft. long) or in 500 sq. ft. rolls (3 ft. wide x 168 ft. long).

Three-Headed Planetary Grinder Great For Small Jobs

Flex North America Inc., a tool manufacturer with a history dating back to 1922, has built a presence in the decorative concrete industry with its selection of German-made grinders, polishers, grinding discs and concrete mixers.Flex North America Inc., a tool manufacturer with a history dating back to 1922, has built a presence in the decorative concrete industry with its selection of German-made grinders, polishers, grinding discs and concrete mixers.

Admixture increases concrete's strength
An Overview on Some of the Newest Concrete Grinders on the Market

Eagle Solutions -- SP13A look at the various grinders on the market and their benefits for you and your decorative concrete polishing business.

Picking the Right Sprayer

Bob Harris spraying acid stain on a vertical concrete surfaceViscosity and solids usually dictate the pressure required, with higher viscosity or higher solids dictating higher application pressure.

Hitachi is renamed Metabo
Paddle mixer delivers fast mix times
Using Spray Equipment Can Be A Speedy Solution For Contractors

applying a stain to a concrete pieceApplying stains and sealers with spray equipment may strike the decorative concrete contractor as a convenient, speedy solution, not terribly complicated.

Concrete Vibrators: The Hard Truth

The UMC-1 bracket mounts easily to any casting table with lag screws and can be easily moved. Concrete countertop contractors can place the vibrator in the best position to provide localized, powerful vibration, and then move it to the next spot for a perfect finished product.Vibrators for concrete can be used to move air out of the mix come in all shapes and sizes from ultra portable to versions for the countertop.

Trends in Concrete Curbing Equipment

The best concrete curbing machines on the market. Easy way to create concrete curbs.Keeping up with the newest trends in the concrete curbing market. Take a look at four awesome concrete curbing machines.

Complying with OSHA's Dust Control Regulation

Complying with OSHA's dust control regulationStill struggling with how to meet the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s requirements on protecting your employees from silica dust? You certainly aren’t alone.

A New Way to Fix Cracked Concrete

A man stands looking at his concrete patio that has no cracks anywhere throughout.An engineered piece of metal that bridges cracks to hold two pieces of concrete together and an overlay can be installed right over the top.

Broomable overlay now can be finished smooth
Buying Diamond Tooling for Concrete Polishing

What are the comet trails looking things on a diamond tool for concrete polishing machines called.There are as many variables in manufacturing diamond tooling as there are diamond manufacturers. So which specific variables should you concern yourself with and why?

Flexible and Breathable Treads Take Safety To the Next Level

The mats bond to concrete surfaces to avoid moisture underneath as well as potentially hazardous separation between the system and the concreteSeven years ago, Mike Menendez, a veteran in the decorative concrete overlay business, was presented with a franchise opportunity for detectible warning systems, which signal terrain transitions to pedestrians. After evaluating the products, he felt that he could create a better one. The end result was SafetyStepTD.

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!”

Understanding Measurements for Ground and Polished Concrete

What is the difference between polished and ground concrete? How to know what is the clarity and gloss measurement.What is ground and polished concrete? How do we determine the difference between a topical-polished floor, in which a product has been applied to the floor to seal it, and a mechanical polish with bonded abrasives?

A New Tool To Make Spraying Stucco Easier Than Ever

hand-held Stucco Sprayer by mortarsprayerBefore the hand-held Stucco Sprayer, concrete contractors who wanted to work vertically had to settle for one of two extremes – a large, costly pump, requiring a crew of four to six, or hand-stacking. The new sprayer fills a niche between the two.

21st Century Plastic Form Release for Concrete

petroleum-based chemicals can be sprayed on and contractors know they work. But Franmar offers an alternative because the company strives to manufacture products that are effective and safe for both user and environmentIf you’re using a 21st century form product, such as plastic, then it probably makes sense to use a 21st century form-release system, as well.

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.

Veto Pro Pac Launches Tech OT-MC

Veto Pro Pac Launches Tech OT-MC: A Compact Open Top Tool Bag with an Innovative Central Box and Customizable Injection Molded Insert Boxes

Choosing the Right Diamond Polishing Pads for Concrete Countertops

Success With Concrete Countertops: Choosing the Right Diamond PadsThicker pads will last longer, but are stiffer and commonly prone to cupping when they dry out. Cupped pads don’t wear evenly, and often the outer area doesn’t actually make contact with the concrete. Photos courtesy of The Concrete Countertop Institute

The Drive is On to Optimize Power Trowel Concrete Polishing

The Drive is On to Optimize Power Trowel PolishingBrad Obbink went all-in as a polished concrete contractor a few years ago, discarding the paint pot and brush and hitching his fortunes to the concrete grinder/polisher, for better or worse.

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.

Polypropylene brush for use on the Wagman Revolution System

Wagman Metal Products Inc., the global leader in power trowel replacement blades, pans and innovative trowel attachments for scrubbing, stripping, and polishing, introduces a new polypropylene brush.

Specialty Cutting Blades to Make Your Job Easier

A picture of the AirForce F4 by CS UnitecAn overview of different specialty cutting tools, saw blades and chains that will help you on be successful on your next job.

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