November 2008 Table of Contents

Seek, You Shall Find Editorial Comment Seek, You Shall Find

As Hurricane Ike barreled toward the coast of Texas, many ASCC Conference attendees and roundtable participants—contractors just like you—grappled with weathering the storm, or getting out before conditions worsened. Read more

Winds of Change Industry Trends Roundtable Winds of Change

Despite the impending threat of Hurricane Ike, a group of industry leaders gathered to examine a host of issues facing the concrete industry today, including surviving in today's economy, diversification, crew productivity, and more. Read more

Features Where's the Concrete Industry Going?

Earlier this year, Concrete Construction had a conversation with four concrete contractors from across the United States to gauge the state of the industry today and where it appears to be going over the next year or so. Read more

How Tall, How Fast, How Safe? Features How Tall, How Fast, How Safe?

Self-consolidating concrete (SCC) is a high-performance material designed to flow under its own weight, completely filling formwork, and achieving full consolidation, even in the presence of congested reinforcement. Read more

Top 20 Decorative Projects of 2008 Honorees Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Winners Top 20 Decorative Projects of 2008 Honorees

Once again the editors of Concrete Constuction magazine reviewed the decorative projects they received and chose the best of the best. Read more

2008 Decorative Concrete Project of the Year: The Harley-Davidson Museum Decorative Concrete Project of the Year - Winners 2008 Decorative Concrete Project of the Year: The Harley-Davidson Museum

The Harley-Davidson Museum features a diamond-polished floor with understated sheens and no gloss finishes. Read more

The 2009 New American Home Residential Concrete - Features The 2009 New American Home

For the sixth straight year “The New American Home”—the official home of the International Builders Show (IBS) owned by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)—is a concrete home. Read more

Concrete Roof Tiles Residential Concrete - Technology Brief Concrete Roof Tiles

In the middle of 19th-century Bavaria, a mixture of cement, sand, and water was first used to form roof tiles out of concrete. Read more

Residential Concrete - At Home With Concrete Adopted Residential Fire Sprinkler Mandate

Fire sprinkler mandates will be part of the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) and will be required in all one- and two-family homes and townhouses that build to the code as of Jan. 1, 2011. Read more

Building in Harm's Way Residential Concrete - Below The Grade Building in Harm's Way

Flood stage in the Cedar River is at an elevation of 12.0 feet. Major flooding begins at 16.0 feet and the all-time record of 20.00 feet was reached in 1851 and again in 1929. The river crest of 31.12 feet in 2008—caught thousands by surprise. Read more

News & Events
News and Events November News & Events News and Events November

FIGG Engineering released a commemorative book titled “Bridging the Mississippi: The New I-35W Bridge” and Concrete Technology Tours announced. Read more

Mortar and Stucco—Somewhat Companions Hime & Erlin On Concrete Mortar and Stucco—Somewhat Companions

They are concretes of a sort, masonry mortar and stucco, that is. They both contain portland cement and aggregates, but then they separate into distinct compositions and purposes. Read more

Target Practice Tolerances Target Practice

When you take an idea from the lab to the field, there always are hurdles to overcome. Even with the best of planning, the time comes for a reality check, and this fall Colin Milberg is again dealing with such an issue. Read more

Opportunity Exists Out There Aggregate View Opportunity Exists Out There

Contractors who know what's available to them, use it and will tough it out; some will even prosper. The member benefits provided by industry organizations, publications, networking with peers and business associates, publications, the Web, and educationa Read more

Safety Matters
It's a Gas Safety Matters It's a Gas

Propane, also known as liquefied petroleum (LP) gas, widely is used on construction sites. Read more

Decorative Concrete
Carving Concrete Decorative Concrete Carving Concrete

Overlay cement for vertical applications is used for troweled finishes, stamped and textured masonry unit patterning, and hand-carved decorative applications. Read more

Jobsite Products
W.R. Meadows Air-Shield Jobsite Products W.R. Meadows Air-Shield

Providing resistance to air and moisture transmission, the Air-Shield is suitable for new construction and restoration. Read more

Raven Industries VaporBlock Plus Jobsite Products Raven Industries VaporBlock Plus

VaporBlock Plus is a resilient under-slab barrier designed to restrict radon and methane gases from migrating through concrete slabs. Read more

Insulation Solutions Viper VaporCheck Jobsite Products Insulation Solutions Viper VaporCheck

Viper VaporCheck, an under-slab vapor retarder, is manufactured using cross-woven polyethylene. Read more

Stego Industries LLC Stego Wrap Jobsite Products Stego Industries LLC Stego Wrap

Stego Wrap vapor barrier uses multilayer extrusion and a blend of prime virgin resins to provide nearly zero permeance. Read more

Jobsite Products Blocking Moisture

Membranes placed under concrete floor slabs—vapor barriers—work to retard transmission of water vapor. Glenn Tench, director of marketing with W.R. Meadows Inc., says vapor barriers should be chosen on puncture resistance and toughness. Read more

Moisture- and Static-Free Concrete Floors Products Solving Problems Moisture- and Static-Free Concrete Floors

In 2003, the OKI Telecom management team invested in a protective electrostatic discharge (ESD) flooring system to eliminate static electricity from the production floor at its Suwanee, Ga., facility where the company manufactures automotive electronics, Read more

Problem Clinic Seeking Soil Cement Information

Would you please provide us with information on soil cement? Specifically, we are looking for product information and how it is purchased--by ton, weight, truck load? We also need pricing information. Read more

Problem Clinic Glass Spheres for Lightweight Job

I would like to consider using the small glass spheres described in an article I found on your Web site. However, I cannot locate the company that was reclaiming glass from the waste stream and recycling it into this lightweight aggregate. Can you provide Read more

Problem Clinic How the W/C Affects Concrete Strength

I've heard many times that changing the water-cement ratio in concrete has a large effect on its strength. The question is, why? Read more

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