April 2006 Table of Contents

EDITORIAL COMMENT
Good Help Is Hard To Find Editorial Comment Good Help Is Hard To Find

The difficulty of getting good help—or even any help—is a recurring theme across America these days. And it's not just in the construction industry; farmers, fishers, and factories are all fighting to attract the workers. Read more

FEATURES
Bringing Concrete Home Features Bringing Concrete Home

Here's a look at coverage of concrete in residential construction over the 50 years of Concrete Construction magazine. Read more

Preparation Makes Perfect Features Preparation Makes Perfect

When Miami-based Coastal Construction Group undertook the largest concrete pour in the history of Florida, and perhaps in the Southeastern United States, the company spent two months planning for the 24-hour event. Read more

Pervious Concrete Mixes: The Right Ingredients And Proportions Are Critical to Success Features Pervious Concrete Mixes: The Right Ingredients And Proportions Are Critical to Success

Pervious concrete pavement has the unique ability to allow water to flow through easily, which results in parking lots that have no runoff from rainfall or snowmelt. Read more

SPECIAL SECTION
Bill Cooper Artistry in Decorative Concrete Bill Cooper

Cooper started his contracting business 10 years ago, adding diamond polishing to his list of decorative techniques about 2 years ago. Read more

Tim & Kelly Coyle Artistry in Decorative Concrete Tim & Kelly Coyle

The Coyles are partners in life and in business, and they work with a whimsical style. They created a campfire scene, complete with marshmallows on sticks made from a white countertop mix. Read more

Rick Fischer Artistry in Decorative Concrete Rick Fischer

Many decorative concrete contractors come from other walks of life. Rick Fischer began his career in automotive restoration and custom painting. Read more

Bob Lucius Artistry in Decorative Concrete Bob Lucius

As a cleaning contractor, Lucius received calls to maintain chemically stained concrete floors. He became intrigued with decorative concrete and eventually started a decorative concrete business with his two sons. Read more

Hilary McBroom Artistry in Decorative Concrete Hilary McBroom

Concrete work started as a hobby for McBroom and became a passion when she started her own decorative concrete business. Read more

Mike Miller Artistry in Decorative Concrete Mike Miller

Concrete Construction magazine has credited Miller as the person who most influenced the variability that chemical stains now offer. Read more

Ed Moran Artistry in Decorative Concrete Ed Moran

As a boy Moran worked in his father's taxidermy business, including making fiberglass fish. Read more

Keren Navarro Artistry in Decorative Concrete Keren Navarro

Navarro brings a wide background of intercultural and business experiences to her work. Read more

Tom Schrunk and Tom Lockwood Artistry in Decorative Concrete Tom Schrunk and Tom Lockwood

Schrunk is a professional artist and craftsman interested in lustrous materials and how light reflects off them. Read more

Todd Seaboch Artistry in Decorative Concrete Todd Seaboch

Seaboch grew up in the decorative concrete industry, having spent 18 years working with concrete. He learned his craft from a company that specialized in decorative resurfacing. Read more

Levi Susoev Artistry in Decorative Concrete Levi Susoev

Susoev says that the inspiration for this demo came to him while watching a food-channel presentation about sugar carvings. Read more

Artistry at the World of Concrete 2006 Artistry in Decorative Concrete Artistry at the World of Concrete 2006

In its fourth year, the Artistry in Decorative Concrete Demos continued to profile the work of contractors who do exceptionally creative work. Here's what show attendees saw this year. Read more

Dominick Cardone World of Concrete Dominick Cardone

Cardone began his concrete career as a young boy working with his father, a concrete flatwork contractor, and continued through high school. Read more

NEWS & EVENTS
Concrete Construction Briefs: April 2006 News & Events Concrete Construction Briefs: April 2006

CFA Awards, RMCA inaugurates tracking program, Tilt-Up's second convention and more. Read more

SLABS ON GRADE
Slabs on Grade P2P: A Contractor's Message to the Ready-Mix Industry

Joe Neuer of Neuber Concrete, Kimberton, Pa., takes exception to the National Ready-Mixed Concrete Association's P2P program (which aims to change the specification of concrete mixes from prescription- to performance-based) when it comes to slab-on-ground mixes. Read more

SAFETY MATTERS
Safely Setting Concrete Boom Pump Outriggers Safety Matters Safely Setting Concrete Boom Pump Outriggers

Setting the outriggers of a concrete pump with a placing boom is one of the most critical jobs of the concrete pump operator and should always be done in accordance with the manufacturer's recommended procedure. Read more

DECORATIVE CONCRETE
MAPEI Corp. Mapefinish Fusion Products MAPEI Corp. Mapefinish Fusion

Mapefinish Fusion offers slip- and abrasion-resistance while preserving the integrity of colored concrete. Read more

Lifeguard Waterproofing Products Sealer Remover Products Lifeguard Waterproofing Products Sealer Remover

Formulated to break down sealers on concrete and masonry surfaces, the Lifeguard Sealer Remover is biodegradable, fast-acting, and easy to use. Read more

Richard's Paint Mfg. Co. Eternity High Performance Exterior Coating Products Richard's Paint Mfg. Co. Eternity High Performance Exterior Coating

For use on concrete, masonry, wood, vinyl, plastic, and metal, Eternity High Performance Exterior Coating uses new advancements in resin technology to provide one-coat coverage and weather protection. Read more

Duckback Products Mason Select Products Duckback Products Mason Select

Seal out moisture; high-performance exterior paint; remove sealers; seals, preserves colored surfaces; seal old and new concrete surfaces. Read more

Decorative Concrete Encouraging the Spirit of New Orleans

The Decorative Concrete Council (DCC), a council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), wanted to do something that would show support for the redevelopment of the city of New Orleans. Read more

Decorative Thin Overlays for Vertical Application Decorative Concrete Decorative Thin Overlays for Vertical Application

Probably more vertical overlay cement finishes have been installed than any other type of decorative overlay. It has become a favorite way to finish millions of square feet of commercial building and warehouse walls. Read more

JOBSITE PRODUCTS
Jobsite Products Ausa Corp. RC3 and RC5

Spain's Ausa launched two backhoe loaders that combine accurate movement control and maneuverability. Read more

Allmand Bros. TLB-535 Compact Tractor Loader Backhoe Jobsite Products Allmand Bros. TLB-535 Compact Tractor Loader Backhoe

The Allmand TLB-535 compact tractor loader backhoe is designed to meet the needs of small to mid-sized earthmoving applications. Read more

Ingersoll Rand Co. B300 Loader Backhoe Jobsite Products Ingersoll Rand Co. B300 Loader Backhoe

The B300 loader backhoe features strong dipper and bucket breakout forces for hard digging conditions. Read more

Jobsite Products Case M Series 2 Backhoe Loaders

The M Series 2 backhoe loaders feature five models that range from 76 to 98 hp, with load capacities from 6182 to 7327 pounds. Read more

AGCO Corp. Challenger MT200B Compact Tractors Jobsite Products AGCO Corp. Challenger MT200B Compact Tractors

The Challenger MT200B compact tractors feature professional grade power, precision, and performance. Read more

New Holland Construction B95 and B95TC Tool Carrier, B95LR Long Reach, B110 and B115 Jobsite Products New Holland Construction B95 and B95TC Tool Carrier, B95LR Long Reach, B110 and B115

New Holland is marking its 40th year in loader backhoes with five new models. Read more

JCB Inc. 214 Backhoe Loader Jobsite Products JCB Inc. 214 Backhoe Loader

The generation JCB 214 backhoe loader looks after every operator's need. Read more

Terex Construction Americas TX970B Backhoe Loader Jobsite Products Terex Construction Americas TX970B Backhoe Loader

The TX970B backhoe loader combines the versatility of a wheel loader with the functionality of an excavator. Read more

Caterpillar E-Series Backhoe Loaders Jobsite Products Caterpillar E-Series Backhoe Loaders

The E-Series Backhoe Loaders deliver increased performance, greater comfort, better control, and more versatility. Read more

PRODUCTS SOLVING PROBLEMS
Foundation Contractor Saves Time with Stay-In-Place Footing Forms Products Solving Problems Foundation Contractor Saves Time with Stay-In-Place Footing Forms

Foundation contractor saves time with stay-in-place footing forms; carbon fiber wrap repair. Read more

PROBLEM CLINIC
Problem Clinic Delayed Set Time

Have you ever experienced problems with delay in setting in the presence of ground granulated blast furnace slag or fly ash and water-reducing admixtures, especially using imported cement? Read more

Problem Clinic Determining Form Pressures

I am planning a pour for a 15-foot-high wall and am concerned about form pressures. Read more

CONTRACTOR TO WATCH
Form Works Inc. Contractor to Watch Form Works Inc.

My involvement in the company started in 1964 when I was in high school. The fellow who owned the company was a friend of my father, and he was looking for a kid to run errands and do some drafting during the summer. Read more

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