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Vol. 14 No. 5 - July 2014

Concrete Contractor Turns Decorative Concrete Hobby into Money-Making Venture

Stamped concrete patio by Paul SchneiderPaul Schneider is one of the lucky people in this world whose hobby and occupation are one and the same: decorative concrete. “Most people don’t think of a hobby as something you make money off of,” he says. But he does it.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
July 9, 2014
How to Use Samples, Mock-ups and Models to Your Best Advantage

Creating models of concrete jobs - Samples, mock-ups and models take the guesswork out of decorative concrete finishes and offer a sense of security for the owner, designer and contractor. They quickly get everyone on the same page before crews permanently place any concrete on the site.Samples, mock-ups and models take the guesswork out of decorative concrete finishes and offer a sense of security for the owner, designer and contractor. They quickly get everyone on the same page before crews permanently place any concrete on the site.

By Karen Keyes
July 4, 2014
Polished Aggregate Floor Scores Points at New Nike Store

Polished aggregate floor - Concrete Decor magazine - It's all about branding with the big-name consumer retail companies these days, and Nike is one of the biggest brand names around.It’s all about branding with the big-name consumer retail companies these days, and Nike is one of the biggest brand names around.

By Joe Maty
July 15, 2014
Concrete Ribbons Beautify Courtyard in San Francisco

Concrete ribbons, benches made of twisted concreteWhen the U.S. General Services Administration decided to renovate the federal office building at 50 United Nations Plaza in downtown San Francisco for its own use, officials set out to make the building a model of environmental sustainability.

By Gail Elber
July 15, 2014
Architectural Concrete Stands Tall

Wasserman Building architectural concreteAs the newest addition to UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute, located near the Westwood Village campus gateway, the Edie and Lew Wasserman Building rounds out a trio of buildings that house research and programs dedicated to restoring and preserving eyesight

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
July 18, 2014
What's The Best Way to Strip Sealers from Stamped Concrete?

Stripping sealer from stamped concreteQuestion: How do I strip sealer from my stamped concrete patio? The installer used color hardener. Will I lose the color off the top when I strip?

By Chris Sullivan
July 5, 2014
Building the Perfect Pool Deck Starting with the Subgrade

Building a concrete pool deck subgradeUnstable subgrade is the primary culprit in cracking, shifting and settling in concrete around pools. We can all agree that concrete is only as good as what you put it on top of.

By Jason Geiser
July 18, 2014
Filling Control Joints in Decorative Concrete

Filling contraction joints, control joints - Control joints are cuts placed into the concrete at the time of pouring, or shortly after, to control random cracking in concrete. This works by creating a weakened area in the slab -- concrete cracks follow the path of least resistance.Control joints are cuts placed into the concrete at the time of pouring, or shortly after, to control random cracking in concrete. This works by creating a weakened area in the slab — concrete cracks follow the path of least resistance.

By Nick Dancer
July 1, 2014
Quality Control Procedures That Will Increase Your Concrete Countertop Profits

Quality control for decorative concrete countertopsThink of your concrete countertop business as a bucket you fill with water. You try to make as many sales as possible (in other words, put in lots of cups of water). You try to keep your price as high as possible and do large projects (use large cups). But if the bucket is leaky, all of your efforts are in vain.

By Lane Mangum
July 8, 2014
7 Tips to Take Your Concrete Countertops to the Next Level

Decorative concrete countertops - Clay caulk from an extruder will bring your edges to the next level. With silicone caulk, the clock starts ticking as soon as the caulk hits the open air.Turn your little concrete countertop shop into a that big business by getting your projects out the door sooner.

By Mark Celebuski
July 18, 2014
New Uses for Ice, Pool Noodles and Kitty Litter with Concrete

Ice, pool noodles and kitty litter can be used in decorative concrete work! Our article shares an expert's tips on how to use these common household items to make your decorative concrete work easier and more beautiful.An expert's tips on how to use these common household items to make your decorative concrete work easier and more beautiful.

By Bryon "Bru" Bruington
July 9, 2014
Epoxy Floor in a San Diego Kitchen Wows Architect

Tiger stripped metallic concrete floor - epoxy.This wild floor design should tame the outdated notion that epoxies are only for airplane hangers and garage floors.

By Vanessa Salvia
July 5, 2014
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