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Staying on Top of Stenciling

Concrete toppings developed for stenciling decorative concrete differ from general-purpose overlays in several ways.Concrete toppings developed for stenciling decorative concrete differ from general-purpose overlays in several ways.

Loretta Hall
Apr 15, 2007
The Nashville Dinner Theatre Makeover on TV and Online

A mysterious woman's profile is stained onto the entrance floor of the Nashville Dinner Theater.Some TV news coverage of the Nashville Dinner Theatre project sponsored by the 2011 Concrete Decor Show The work will be featured at the March 15-18 event.

Editors
Dec 23, 2010
Pool Coping is an Integral Part in Building the Perfect Pool Deck

Walking into the deep end on a pool framePool coping can be made of many different types of material, including cast-in-place concrete, brick, flagstone, precast concrete, travertine, aluminum or tile. The pool coping separates the pool structure from the pool deck, which means the deck can shift without adversely affecting the pool.

Jason Geiser
Jan 8, 2015
Concrete Inspired Artistry by Buddy Rhodes

Concrete Bench by Buddy Rhodes sits in a perfect green lawn.Buddy Rhodes uses his own concrete mix — which he also sells to contractors — to create hollow three-dimensional pieces. The water/cement ratio is about one part water to 10 parts mix.

Rosemary Camozzi
Jun 1, 2003
Tried and True Recipes for Concrete Homes

Cast in place concrete is used to build this concrete buildingJust like there’s more than one way to make chocolate chip cookies, there are plenty of ways to build concrete homes with satisfying results. Here’s a synopsis of the main options on the market.

Editors
Jun 28, 2004
Get That Edge! How Edge Forms Can Transform a Concrete Countertop

Concrete Countertop edge form help create this one of a kind sloping square bathroom concrete sink.Many concrete countertops are plain slabs with square corners. This solid farmhouse look is simple to achieve by pouring a concrete countertop mix into a simple form. Wood forms lend themselves to shaping square corners, but it is difficult to use wood to achieve rounded corners and curved edges.

Amy Johnson
May 19, 2009
Make Tooling Choices Easier with the Mohs Hardness Test Kit

To eliminate the guesswork associated with which diamond abrasive bond tool will best polish or abrade a particular concrete slab, contractors could consider adding a Mohs hardness test kit to their toolbox.To eliminate the guesswork associated with which diamond abrasive bond tool will best polish or abrade a particular concrete slab, contractors could consider adding a Mohs hardness test kit to their toolbox.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
May 27, 2013
Marketing Your Work With Photos

Bank entrance stained with images of coinsIn today’s world, we tend not to listen anymore. There are so many of us, we are all talking, and our words have become background noises for the stimuli that really distract us. If you want to say something today, you have to use the language that transcends culture, geography, and time. You have to use imagery.

Steven Ochs
Feb 18, 2007
Paper Stencils are a Popular Choice For Fresh Concrete Applications

Stenciled concrete on a pool deckPlastic stencils are generally designed for renovation work, such as overlay or spray applications and they are difficult to float in new concrete applications, This is why paper stencils are often the choice for fresh concrete pours.

Editors
Jun 1, 2004
Trio Creates Heartfelt 9/11 Memorial in Watchung, New Jersey

Project was 'A Journey of the Heart' for Everyone Involved 9/11 Memorial in Watchung, New JerseyWhen sculptor Seth R. Alexander teamed up with concrete artisan Richard Winget and his son, Jacob Winget, to create the Watchung 9/11 Memorial in New Jersey last summer, the task truly involved the whole borough of Watchung.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 4, 2018
The Ins and Outs of Polyaspartic Coatings

Garage floor polyaspartic floor. Bikes hanging from the ceiling.Funny name, serious benefits: Polyaspartic coatings and sealers boast rapid cure times, UV stability, abrasion resistance and more.

Amy Johnson
May 31, 2009
Putting a Silica Dust Plan in Writing

Large concrete polishing machine creating slurry from the dust and water mixing.It’s probably not an attitude shared by everyone, but Tom Martin, job site safety director for Diama-Shield LLC in Troy, Michigan, believes OSHA is there to help contractors.

K. Schipper
Feb 23, 2018
Concrete Color Hardeners - A Dual Purpose Application

Concrete contractor throwing color hardener on a fresh concrete slab ready to be stamped or textured.Dry shake hardeners are increasingly popular as coloring agents. Color hardeners are made from cement, sand and pigment, with finishing agents, wetting agents or retardants added to suit manufacturers’ preferences.

John Strieder
Jun 3, 2003
Going Vertical with Reactive Concrete Stains

When it comes to application, contractors lean toward spraying, although some may use a sponge or foam brush to achieve a special effect. Kemiko recommends an all-plastic handheld garden sprayer. Discover why vertical staining is catching on despite some application challenges.

John Strieder
Jun 18, 2006
Factors that Affect the Strength of GFRC Pieces

Scrim is being used to strengthen the dropped edges of a 14-foot-long concrete reception desk.The popularity of glass-fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) has grown in the past few years as more and more people discover its versatility, strength and relative ease of manufacture. GFRC makes it possible to create stronger and lighter elements and complex 3-D pieces easily.

Jeffrey Girard
Jun 5, 2012
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