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Vol. 4 No. 4 - August/September 2004

Making Money with Decorative Concrete Curbing

Decorative concrete curbing can take on the look of brick pavers around a planter box without the concern of weeds growing between.When it comes to edging that pleases the eye, decorative concrete curbs have no competition.

Railroad ties rot, bender board breaks and brick mortar crumbles. But decorative curbing is permanent.

By John Strieder
August 2, 2004
Decorative Concrete Tips: Using a Grid to Transfer Art to Concrete

A depiction of a bull from caveman drawings is placed onto a concrete patio using a grid methodUse this decorative technique to transfer art to a concrete patio using a grid method is an effiicient and foolproof way to get the perfect look you and your customer are after.

By Dave Pettigrew
August 1, 2004
Cast-in-Place Concrete Countertops: Forms, Mixes, Tools and Finishes

A sleek concrete countertop in a modern kitchen,As demand for concrete countertops grows, concrete contractors and artists have been honing their techniques to produce concrete countertops. Countertops fall into two general categories: cast-in-place and precast and projects can call for either application.

By Susan Brimo-Cox
August 4, 2004
The Beauty of Troweled Overlays

Concrete contractors troweling a large floor expanse.

Like an artist's paintbrush on canvas, the trowel can create a wide variety of effects on overlays.

Sometimes there's no better way to finish a cementitious topping than to get down on your hands and kneeboards and go to town with a trowel.

By David Thompson
August 15, 2004
Exhibits Leave Lasting Impression During Concrete Celebration

Students compete in a concrete canoe competition to create floating concrete.Thanks to a recent concrete extravaganza that featured a Concrete Carnival family festival, an exhibition and a concrete canoe competition, many not associated with the concrete trade have learned to appreciate its surprising and fascinating properties, too.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
August 5, 2004
Transparent Concrete and Glass Fibers: The Future of Concrete

Transparent concrete - the futuristic building material21st century concrete on display in the exhibit Liquid Stone: New Architecture in Concrete, features innovations that range from translucent blocks and photoengraved building fronts to revolutionary materials that promise to change the rules of construction as we know them today.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
August 6, 2004
Everything You Need To Know About Portable Cement Mixers

Portable cement mixers are reliable and multifaceted. Reliable. Multifaceted. Maintainable. Portable concrete mixers are all that and more, says Warren Faler, mixer product manager for Multiquip in Carson, Calif. “They can be productive in a wide variety of applications.”

By Jeff Woodard
August 7, 2004
Indoor and Outdoor Radiant Heating for Concrete

Radiant heat elements for a concrete slab to help with snowmelt.Snowmelt technology is, essentially, radiant heat applied to outdoor surfaces. There are few differences between the two heating techniques, and both can be used to heat low- or high-mass concrete surfaces to melt ice and snow, keeping surfaces safe and clear of icy accumulations.

By John Vastyan
August 9, 2004
ExStik™ pH Tester for Concrete

Extech's Rugged & Waterproof pH Meter Tackles Water Quality TestingWhether you’re evaluating a prospective client’s existing concrete for estimating purposes or you’re in the process of neutralizing a surface in preparation for resurfacing, Extech’s pH tester ExStik pH100 (aka the ExStik) is a fabulous tool for identifying problem areas.

August 3, 2004
Manufacturer Profile: Rafco Products, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Laying down ornate stencils on a concrete surfaceIn 1971, Robert Freis was working as a buyer for a California building supply company when a customer asked to buy a set of aluminum stamps for a concrete design application.

By Bruce Hackett
August 8, 2004
Concrete Contractor Takes Leap to the Decorative Market: Carlton Concrete, Visalia, California

Garden pathway made with imprinted concrete winds its way through this homeowner's backyard.Doug Carlton says he tried his darnedest to stay out of the decorative concrete market. With both his father and grandfather traditional concrete contractors, he was quite content to maintain the status quo when he started his own company back in 1987.

By Stacey Enesey Klemenc
August 3, 2004
Fu-Tung Cheng Now Offering Advanced Concrete Countertop Trainings

Fu Tung Cheng holds advanced training classes for countertopsFu-Tung Cheng, award-winning designer and author of Concrete Countertops, is now offering five-day Advanced Countertop Design Trainings. Held in Berkeley, Calif., the trainings are limited to 12 participants and include hours of direct instruction by Cheng.

August 10, 2004
ASCE Concrete Canoe Race

College students built and raced a concrete canoe as part of an annual event between different civil engineering students.Twenty-two student teams from colleges and universities across North America recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 17th annual National Concrete Canoe Competition, organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers and largely sponsored by Degussa Admixtures Inc./Master Builders.

August 11, 2004