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Plastic Concrete Forms are a Durable Option to Lumber

Plastic Concrete Forms are a Durable Option to LumberAs a child, who wasn’t thrilled to see the wood forms come out indicating a new sidewalk, driveway or even basement was about to be poured? Today, we know concrete can do so much more, and certainly the forms that helped shape it have changed, too.

Cheng Concrete's Circle of Distinction Winners named

 Using a form made of finish-grade plywood veneered with high gloss laminate, Carpenter decided on the cast-in-place method to develop a sense of visual movement by playing with and creating varied color striations in the monolithic piece.Fu-Tung Cheng announced the winners of Cheng Concrete’s 2012 Circle of Distinction Design Challenge honoring design and craftsmanship in decorative concrete. The Design Challenge featured nine entry categories.

How to Bend GFRC (Glass-Fiber Reinforced Concrete)

Warping GFRC Most people don't think of concrete as being bendable but it is, even in its hardened state. That said, bending and warping concrete is more manageable while it is still in its plastic state.Most people don’t think of concrete as being bendable but it is, even in its hardened state. That said, bending and warping concrete is more manageable while it is still in its plastic state.

Former Intel Employee Traded Semiconductors for Concrete Stains and an Airbrush

This former Intel employee traded semiconductors for stains and stencils -- and now he's making his mark at churches, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafes, and everywhere in between.This former Intel employee traded semiconductors for stains and stencils — and now he's making his mark at churches, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Cafes, and everywhere in between.

Concrete in Cold Weather

Patio in cold weather that had to be planned perfectly due to weather.Concrete Decor asked artisans around the country about their experiences installing projects during cold weather. They faced freezing temperatures, snowy weather, and even challenges indoors during cold spells. Each artisan found his own solution for handling work during the winter months.

Cheng Design Awards

Fu Tung Cheng announces the winners of the Cheng awards at World of Concrete in front of a large crowd.Cheng Concrete announced the winners of its fourth annual Members’ Circle of Distinction Design Challenge at the 2008 World of Concrete show in Las Vegas last January. More than 100 entries were received for the contest from 25 states as well as Canada, Mexico, and England.

A Guide to Combining Concrete and Steel

Concrete is one of the most revolutionary building materials of modern times. It has given the human race the ability to build sound infrastructures for the masses and has reshaped the world as we know it. Long dining room table that is a combination of metal and concreteConcrete is one of the most revolutionary building materials of modern times. It has given the human race the ability to build sound infrastructures for the masses and has reshaped the world as we know it.

Predicting the Performance of a Concrete Countertop Sealer

Which concrete countertop sealer is the best for a kitchen.Concrete has many faces, and there are many preconceived and misconceived ideas about it. You should not navigate what people think concrete is — instead, explain to them what it actually is. This includes your concrete, its finish and all of its attributes.

Using Fabric in Concrete Formwork

Green, clean, relatively inexpensive and incredibly practical, fabric formwork can be used with concrete to produce structurally efficient and architecturally compelling components in all shapes and sizes, ranging from footings, columns and beams to walls, sinks, furniture and an array of accessories.Pouring concrete into fabric instead of the usual rigid formwork represents, for some, the shape of things to come.

A Concrete Master: Jimmy Hazel with Clastic Designs

precast concrete by Jimmy Hazel of Clastic Designs in RenoJimmy Hazel began his career working in the family stone business, but quickly tired of the monotony once he discovered decorative concrete’s variety.

New Planetary Grinders Offer More Choices to Countertop Fabricators

One of the biggest innovations in the concrete countertop grinding and polishing industry has been planetary technologyOne of the biggest innovations in the concrete countertop grinding and polishing industry has been planetary technology - machines that have multiple grinding heads, allowing fabricators to cover a large radius of material at a time and achieve an extra-flat result.

Concrete Sitting Walls on the Pittman Wash Trail in Las Vegas, Nev.

Seat Walls on the Pittman Wash Trail Las Vegas, Nev.On some decorative concrete projects, the only people looking over your shoulder are other tradespeople.

Tips for Doing the Math on Volumetric Batching for Concrete:

A sink designed by Mark CelebuskiThe concrete industry at large designs mixes using the volumetric method. Fresh concrete is sold by volume, generally by the cubic yard, which is how we will look at it. Divide cubic yard volumes by 27 to get cubic foot volumes.

LED Lights and Fiber Optics Offer New Possibilities for Lighting Effects

Just like water, light is a natural entity with subtleties and effects that unfold in unexpected ways.There are few things you can add to decorative concrete that are as impactful - or as unpredictable - as light. Just like water, light is a natural entity with subtleties and effects that unfold in unexpected ways. Light can create an environment without help from structure, shape or texture.

Preparing Your Concrete Countertops for Topical Sealers

Here are a few tips for lowering your concrete's vapor transmission rate soonerThe steps you take with your wet-cast or GFRC countertops prior to sealing them will affect sealer success more than the actual application of the sealer. It’s important to gain an understanding of what your concrete is doing, or more importantly, what you are doing with your concrete.

Precast Concrete with Curiosity, Artistry and Innovation

Green precast concrete fireplace mantle in a beautiful living room with light woodwork.Curiosity: Stay eternally curious about better methods, collaborative opportunities and advances in sustainability.
Artistry: Remember that concrete is an artisan’s canvas.
Innovation: Employ state-of-the-art techniques to achieve a very dense and reliable concrete product.

Add LEED Points by using Recycled Glass Aggregate

This concrete countertop by New York-based Concrete Central is a retail display piece for Nassau Suffolk Lumber & Supply Corp. Photo courtesy of Concrete CentralFrom crushed liquor bottles to melted bits and jelly beans, aggregate made from recycled glass is making artisans see green.

Raising the Concrete Bartop in New England

Concrete Countertop process with metal gear imbedded into curved restaurant concrete bar top.The only things that can be added to create a standard countertop mix are integral color, a densifier and the know-how acquired through years of decorative experience.

Making Molds for Precast Concrete Countertops

While melamine is probably the most widely used material for making molds, contractors actually use a surprising variety of materials. Here are some questions to ask when choosing a material.Wood? Melamine? Formica? Steel? Experienced artisans share their preferences for form materials.

Cast-in-place Concrete Countertop that Looks Like Precast

White concrete countertop that looks like precast.With a specific look in mind, the client approached us to create a singular look out of concrete for his kitchen island and tops, powder room sink, master bath vanities, floor and shower base, as well as vanities in the second bath, laundry and lower level wine bar.

High-performance Concrete - New Systems For Concrete Countertops

Restoring color in previously installed concreteBag mixes for countertops share some characteristics: They are designed to minimize cracking and shrinking, they are strong enough to be poured in thinner slabs and they are optimized for workability.

Fire pit plans and materials from CCI

The Concrete Countertop Institute is offering fire pit designs in Crater and Ridge models. The plans for each design include detailed cut sheets and assembly instructions at a level of detail that stretches to 30 pages. The plans are meant to be used with glass-fiber reinforced concrete, but they could be adapted for other casting techniques.

Artisan Uses Artistic Background to Find Success in Decorative Concrete

Steve VandeWater Concrete Decor magazineSteve VandeWater, 51, was a Fine Arts major at Indiana University Bloomington, studying sculpture, drawing and printmaking. This artistic background informs his approach to concrete and also gives him skill and success with different styles and techniques.

A Master in Modern, Industrial, Experimental Concrete Furniture

Concrete kitchen floor with circles and other decorative elements stained into it.Dylan Lauger has become a master in modern, industrial, experimental concrete furniture design and other artistic concrete skills while living on a remote peninsula in Wisconsin. Among other achievements, he once designed and cast an 8-foot-long GFRC sturgeon as a submission for a local arts competition.

Buddy Rhodes's Sculptable Concrete Mix Yields Beautiful Results

Vanity base made with Buddy Rhodes productsOur friends at Buddy Rhodes shared this project on their Facebook page and we were so enamored with it and the other projects that this lady has done that we wanted to share it further.

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