July 2006 Table of Contents

EDITORIAL COMMENT
Concrete is Easy--and Hard Editorial Comment Concrete is Easy--and Hard

Competition is tough. Working fast is essential. But labor is the most common problem reported. Read more

FEATURES
Controlling Shrinkage Features Controlling Shrinkage

Excessive shrinkage and curling typically leads to the need for maintenance and repair of joints and cracks after floors have been in service for a while. Read more

Concrete: Fifty Years Ago Features Concrete: Fifty Years Ago

Profiles of three pioneers of the concrete industry. Read more

Growing Big in the Residential Concrete Industry CC100 Growing Big in the Residential Concrete Industry

SelectBuild is intent on becoming the nation's number one provider of integrated construction services to high-volume production home-builders in key growth markets across the country. Read more

SPECIAL SECTION
The 2006 CC100: A Very Busy Year CC100 The 2006 CC100: A Very Busy Year

In December, 2004, The Brookings Institution, an independent research organization, issued a report on the forces that will affect U.S. building trends over the next 25 years. Read more

NEWS & EVENTS
NRMCA Names Huffman as Managing Director News & Events NRMCA Names Huffman as Managing Director

Dan Huffman, a former senior national resource director primarily responsible for the western United States, has been named managing director of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association. Read more

News & Events Lafarge presents concrete surprise

Lafarge sponsors an exhibit that looks at concrete from a historical, scientific, and artistic perspective. Read more

Building Awards Recognize Innovation, Design, and Sustainability News & Events Building Awards Recognize Innovation, Design, and Sustainability

Twelve finalists were honored by CEMEX, Inc. for outstanding achievement in construction and design in the inaugural CEMEX Building Awards ceremony in May. Read more

Wisconsinite Wins Site Commander Work Truck News & Events Wisconsinite Wins Site Commander Work Truck

Hilti Western Hemisphere President/CEO Cary Evert wins Site Commander work truck. Read more

ERLIN & HIME ON CONCRETE
Water and Concrete—Part II Hime & Erlin on Concrete Water and Concrete—Part II

Last month, we explained how water is used in making concrete, and how it later passes through it. This article will talk about impure waters and their effects on concrete. Read more

SLABS ON GRADE
Slabs on Grade P2P: NRMCA responds

A clarification on NRMCA's P2P Initiative Read more

SAFETY MATTERS
Safety Is Important to an Owner Safety Matters Safety Is Important to an Owner

Protecting the welfare of employees, providing a safe work environment, and controlling construction costs are all important factors. However, the importance of safety as a cost-control measure is often overlooked by owners. Read more

DECORATIVE CONCRETE
Sherwin-Williams Co. Ceram Decorative Flooring Products Sherwin-Williams Co. Ceram Decorative Flooring

Ceram Decorative Flooring includes decorative patterns and an unlimited color selection for great-looking, durable floors. Read more

Proline Concrete Tools Corp. Stamped Concrete Products Proline Concrete Tools Corp. Stamped Concrete

For wood floors without the maintenance, use stamped concrete. Read more

Decorative Concrete Impressions Sticky-Bak Products Decorative Concrete Impressions Sticky-Bak

With Sticky-Bak adhesive stencils, contractors can make concrete look like stone, tile, or brick. Read more

Kover Krete Systems/Contract Packaging Kleen Stain Products Kover Krete Systems/Contract Packaging Kleen Stain

Use Kleen Stain as a safe alternative to common acid stains. Read more

Problem Clinic Problem Clinic: Colored Concrete Shrinkage

How does coloring affect concrete shrinkage? Read more

Pacific Concrete Images Formliners Products Pacific Concrete Images Formliners

Pacific Formliners can add beauty to any concrete work. Read more

Decorative Concrete Using Glass Aggregates Decorative Concrete Decorative Concrete Using Glass Aggregates

The use of glass as a special aggregate for decorative concrete is on the increase due to more color possibilities. Read more

JOBSITE PRODUCTS
Polylok Inc. Stackable Rebar Chair Jobsite Products Polylok Inc. Stackable Rebar Chair

The stackable rebar chair's design allows 1-, 1.5-, and 2-inch coverage all in one product. Read more

Acra Screed Ltd. Acra Screed System 2006 Most Innovative Products — Attendees' Choice Winner Acra Screed Ltd. Acra Screed System

The Acra Screed system is a revolutionary screed chair system that uses a reinforced concrete block as a base. Read more

T. J. Harris Co. Hercules Rebar Chairs and Footer Stands Jobsite Products T. J. Harris Co. Hercules Rebar Chairs and Footer Stands

Hercules rebar chairs and footer stands are made of polypropylene copolymers. Read more

Jobsite Products Concrete Accessories by Dayton Superior Aztec E-Z Chair

The Aztec E-Z Chair is an all-plastic rebar support for use in tilt-up, precast, or poured-in-place decks. Read more

Jiffy Clip Inc. TiChair Jobsite Products Jiffy Clip Inc. TiChair

The new TiChair has a patented clip design for the precise installation and placement of rebar. Read more

Oxford Industrial Technologies Grid-Lok Jobsite Products Oxford Industrial Technologies Grid-Lok

The Grid-Lok is a stackable rebar chair designed for single or multilayered reinforcement. Read more

Kodi Klip Corp. Kodi Klip Jobsite Products Kodi Klip Corp. Kodi Klip

The Kodi Klip is a safe, fast, and easy way to connect rebar. Read more

Eagle Eye Products Rebar Chairs Jobsite Products Eagle Eye Products Rebar Chairs

Rebar chairs come in numerous shapes and sizes for almost any type of applications. Read more

Jobsite Products Mar-Mac Wire Inc. Contractor brand products

The Contractor brand of products includes annealed rebar tie wire in 16 and 16.5 gauges (available in 3.5-pound coils). Read more

PROBLEM CLINIC
Problem Clinic Use Updated Wall Pressure Formulas

ACI's Formwork Standards have changes with regard to wall-pressure formulas. Read more

Problem Clinic Problem Clinic: Colored Concrete Shrinkage

How does coloring affect concrete shrinkage? Read more

MANUFACTURER TO WATCH
Baker Concrete Construction Manufacturer to Watch Baker Concrete Construction

Concrete Construction profiles Baker Concrete Construction, Monroe, Ohio. Read more

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