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How algae and self-healing concrete are putting Welsh universities at the forefront of research

Drexel University engineers have found a way to improve upon ordinary Portland cement (OPC), the glue that’s bonded much of the world’s construction since the late 1800s. In research recently published in Cement and Concrete Composites the group...

Kaihan Krippendorff
Corporations are evolving yet again. If we understand what is happening, we can start getting ahead of history.
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Larry Mohr - 08-01-2012

After seeing and commenting about the dangers of breathing in concrete dust on here in the concrete overlay section; I have felt burdened to share some personal knowledge about something very few people in our industry know.

Solvents and specifically solvent...

Forum Contributors. 07-14-2012

Decorative Concrete Substrate and/or Finished Surface Protection

It is always important to protect surfaces before, during, and after decorative treatments. Many times, the other construction trades have no idea what you intend to do, and even...

Lindy Ausburne 07-16-2012

It is mystery to me as why health departments, as well as commercial and residential builders, place floor tile in a sanitary surfacing category.  A 10’x10’ area (mere 100 sq.ft.) of 12”x12” tile has 180 linear feet of seams (abutting...

Dean Chiaravallotti 07-11-2012

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Since it has been so hot this summer I went ahead and revised an article I wrote a few years ago and added a section on Vertical Overlays.

Stamped Concrete:  Stamped Concrete in summer brings many challenges due to ambient...

Lindy Ausburne

 

"WerkMaster and Braxton-Bragg have joined forces in order to make high quality concrete polishing, polished concrete, and marble polish...

Lindy Ausburne (03-17-2012)

Over the past couple of years, many of you may have found yourself going into “survival” mode (with some parts of the country being worse than others).   There is a old saying that “what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger,”...

Todd Rose (03-17-2012)

The hardest thing for me to do in this industry sometimes is to say no. A guy once told me,” don’t ever do a job that you are going to lose money on...

Dean Chiaravallotti (03-17-2012)

 

I would venture to say that every concrete polishing contractor has felt this pain before and would like to never feel it again. What can be done to limit this from happening again? A mock up would limit the chances of this happening...

Todd Rose (01-20-2012)

I was recently asked about where my passion to help other contractors comes from.  I know exactly where it comes from.  I love this industry, the skills I have learned, and most importantly the friendships I have made.  I also resent in many ways the...

Art Pinto 01-14-2012

Ever wonder what the most expensive dye in the world is?

I spend quite a bit of my time doing research, and reading on anything and everything related to Decorative Concrete. A few weeks ago, I met with...

by Lindy Ausburne, Jan-7-2012

All decorative concrete surfaces, interior and exterior, require proper cleaning and maintenance.  At least 70% of the time residential and commercial property owners are negligent as to following guidelines they are provided (be it the cleaners they are using,...

WerkMaster (11/20/2011)

PRLog (Press Release) - Feb 23, 2010 -
Recognizing a need in the industry for machines that can do more than just floors, WerkMaster brings its Patented...

Daniel P. Dorfmueller (2011-09-03)

Let's start with the basics.  Understanding how to read prints in construction is like a carpenter knowing how to use a hammer, drill or tape measure or a doctor knowing how to use a scalpel, etc. It should be a basic knowledge requirement for any person in...

Steve VandeWater

 

Simple, Work From The Middle!

 

One of the most common flaws in stamped concrete work is the variation in texture from one portion of a slab to another....

Lindy Ausburne

 

There are “no cut and dry answers,” only a combination of potential solutions. The best methods to clean, strip, or otherwise prepare a concrete surface … prior to adorning it with a creative form...