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Vol. 4 No. 1 - February/March 2004

Add Decorative Drainage to Your Concrete Services

Drainage systems for concrete that add to the overall design while still doing their job.From trench drains to catch basins and grates, here's what you need to keep standing water off your outside projects.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
March 15, 2004
Going Vertical with Cementitious Overlays

Vertically carved concrete overlay that takes on the look of soft brick in muted earth tone colors.Overlays aren’t just for floors anymore. Take your stamping, stenciling and other artistic techniques and put ‘em on the wall.

By David Thompson
March 7, 2004
Magical World of Concrete

2004 Walt Disney World tour of many different types of decorative concrete, from concrete staining to concrete overlays.Photo highlights from our tour of Disney World, plus the inside story of how concrete makes the park what it is today.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
March 5, 2004
How to Learn the Basics of Stamping Concrete

A concrete construction worker apply concrete stamping mats and using a concrete tamper to make sure the stamp impression is perfect.Want to get in on the action of stamping concrete? Here’s what you need to know to get started.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
March 2, 2004
Bring Concrete Back to Looking New by Cleaning and Resealing

Cleaning dirty concrete is easy following these easy steps. Bring that concrete slab back to looking new.Keep your customers happy and earn some extra cash with concrete cleaning and maintenance.

By Christina Camara
March 1, 2004
A Passion for Innovation Keeps this Concrete Contractor Excited about the Trade

Concrete kitchen countertop has a bi level bar area and is an L shaped kitchen.With a natural bent for innovation, this third-generation Santa Cruz contractor brings a unique touch to his decorative work.

By Brad Jeske
February 26, 2004
Up Close with Versatile Building Products

Near a clothing store dressing room is a sun stained on a concrete overlay surrounded by blue, green, and tan stained floor.Versatility is the name of the game with Versatile Building Products' floor and decking products.

By John Strieder
February 18, 2004
Lending a Hand with Concrete

A concrete form created from hand prints of children attending a school in Orlando, Florida. Over a period of nine days, future students of the school were bussed to the site, where they cast their hands for posterity into the tilt wall panels, using almost five tons of plaster in the process.

February 9, 2004
Keep Concrete Simple!

Concrete contractor giving a concrete countertop a final inspection.We have staining over stamping, stamping over overlay, stamped walls, stained walls. It's crazy — who keeps raising the bar? The answer is THE MARKET. This explosion of decorative concrete is market-driven. Folks want it, and it's more than just a fad. It must be a little overwhelming to contractors just entering this exciting business.

February 6, 2004
Concrete Countertop Reinforcement System

Concrete countertop carbon-fiber reinforcement, stop concrete cracks from the beginning.A carbon-fiber-reinforced, epoxy-resin-based grid design. It can be used in place of, or along with, steel wire mesh and light rebar. Unlike steel, carbon grid can be placed just below the finished surface.

February 4, 2004
Tip: Using Concrete Sealers to Create Color Effects

Solvent based concrete sealers darken the color of concrete. Water flowing stained concrete floor used as guidance for visitors.On a project where different colors are desired, a simple solution is to use a solvent sealer in the darker field and a water-based sealer or a stand-alone wax (for interior projects) in the lighter field.

By Shellie Rigsby
February 2, 2004
Tips and Techniques for Using Channel Drains and Point Drains Around Pools

Creative fountain surrounded by channel drains that place the water into the pump to be recycled.Bud Stegmeier, co-owner of Stegmeier Corp. in Henderson, Nev., shares these tips for using channel drains and point drains in swimming pool applications.

February 10, 2004
What Is In A Concrete Stamping Toolkit

Stamping mats for concrete come in a various sizes and shapes but make sure you have all of the ingredients in your toolkit before attempting a concrete stamping job.

Your Stamping Concrete Toolkit needs to contain basic concrete finishing tools as well as tools for stamping concrete. Look at what you should have on hand when doing a stamping concrete job.

February 1, 2004