Stamped Concrete DVD  $39.95

Concrete Secrets stamped concrete dvd incorporates the latest in 3-Dimensional texture concrete stamp patterns, colored hardeners and release agents on a 1100 sq. ft steel reinforced concrete driveway. Step by step instructional with James Belville, form setting, dirt grading, compaction, steel rebar, expansion placement, ordering concrete, adding color hardener, adding release, imprinting texture mats, saw cutting control joints, caulking, dust proofing, eliminating oil spots, sealing stamped concrete, adding the wet look to provide maximum color, durability and strength of concrete. 39 min. Video Clip
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Driveways and SidewalkS DVD  $39.95

How To Pour Concrete Video: Concrete Secrets step by step driveway and sidewalk concrete instructional dvd on form setting, expansion placement, ordering Ready-Mix concrete, pouring concrete, tamping, bull floating, using a Fresno, jointing, edging, using a Walking Trowel, hard troweling, patching, fine broom finishing and much more. Concrete Secrets how to video has everything you need to finish a driveway, sidewalk, concrete patio or concrete slab like a pro. 30 min. Video Clip
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Stamped concrete patios and stamped concrete driveway, steps and pools using concrete stamp patterns, color hardener and colored release are exciting stamped concrete ideas using colored hardener in dry or liquid form. Colored hardener very often stains concrete surrounding decorative rock landscape so precaution is needed to contain the spread of color, by keeping areas around the project protected, precautions are needed from dry shake stamped concrete coloring. Adding color hardener into the Ready-mix truck at the plant or job site will greatly reduce the spread of unwanted staining. Working a color hardener in the concrete surface by broadcasting two thirds of the recommended amount over the area, then work the color by floating, bull float and mag float, followed by the remaining amount color hardener is a preferred concrete practice. A liquid colored hardener can be sprayed, then worked into the concrete mix. Using a liquid hardener, broadcasting color workability to surface area is increased. Stamped concrete color combination can be used to dramatically impact an architectural look of any stamped concrete driveway, stamped concrete sidewalk, stamped concrete patio, concrete slab, entry walk or pool deck. Set time before stamping concrete can be reduced or accelerated. Soil moisture content, water to cement ratio, humidity, wind, atmospheric temperature, slab thickness, mix design, finishing techniques are all set time factors. The amount of time imprinting stamping pattern increases when: soil moisture content increases, humidity increases, wind decreases, atmospheric temperature decreases, slab thickness increases, water to cement ratio decreases and plastersizer ratio to concrete mix. (Plastersizer effects color pigment, refer to use of plastersizer with color pigment product data sheet). concrete stampine tools are purchased or rented in full sets of eight with one floppy matt. Floppy mats are manipulated around corners, columns and forms imprinting stamp pattern design. Texture mats are just that, texture. Stamping tool texture mats are randomly placed next to each stamp mat then stamped using a tamp to imprint texture. Stamped concrete combines colored concrete, texture and expression to any desired area around the home or business. Stamped concrete expression of any area around the home or business, done correctly will enhance the value, not to mention buzz from family and friends. Combining color hardener with stamp patterns and colored release agent which is used to antique concrete. stamp patterns and grout lines add depth and definition to concrete around the home or business and is why stamped concrete has become so popular. Color charts for color hardener are available. Colored hardener is worked in the top matrix of the concrete slab by broadcasting or adding it to the concrete truck to be mixed. (Notify Ready-Mix plant if color will be added at job site). Color release agent is used to darken grout lines, antique the stamped concrete slab and release the stamp, keeping the stamping tool from sticking. If antiquing is not needed for the stamped concrete project, a clear release liquid called Bubble Gum is applied to the stamping tool and concrete surface making the stamp tool stick resistant. Stamping tools should be applied to a concrete surface when concrete holds your body wieght while standing on the stamp tool. After incorporating color, edging and floating, connect each stamp tool as close as possible to each other while tamping in the imprint. Over use of release agents will impede imprint of the stamp pattern. Gently tamp the stamp tool in the slab and be careful not to over tamp. Grout lines should be tooled with a roller or chisel where stamp tool joints are gaped.

Concrete Stain reacts with the minerals in concrete chemically, to form a permanent color that is durable, chip resistant and does not flake. Grinding concrete before staining is the best way to prep, using a grinding contractor to do the work. Stained concrete colors can be mixed to create a multitude of color shades and intensity with new or old concrete surfaces. Acid stain is applied by brushing, rolling or sprayed onto the surface. Colors available, but not limited too are, violet, black, lime, browns, off white, terra cotta, blue, tan, sea blue, green and rust. To prep the project prior to staining concrete, the surface is sanded to remove any impurities and should be free of grease, oil, dust, paint and other materials. New concrete should be at least 28 day old before staining, After achieving the desired look and color, the stain is allowed to dry then neutralized, prior to sealing or waxing.

Concrete coatings can be stamped, stained or textured. Concrete floor coatings  can be applied using a trowel or spray coat applicator, coating the concrete floor. Concrete garage floor coating applications using epoxy concrete floor coatings, should be ventilated. More information on concrete floor coatings or concrete garage floor coating, go to Concrete coatings page.

A Concrete floor is usually poured using 2500 or 3000 lb. concrete depending on the type of decorative concrete coating for the interior of your home. A stained concrete floor interior should be at a 4000 lb psi. using a higher strength of cement will enhance the color and depth of a stained concrete floor, while adding durability with minimal added cost. Blocking out sections in the floor (interior rooms) to be poured, stained or stamped at a later date is a recommended proses. Using key way throughout the perimeter of the floor slab will insure the concrete floor from heaving from adjacent concrete. Concrete floors can be monolithic or poured seperat from steam wall or block. Usually footings are dug to the required depth depending on freeze and though climite of the geographic area. Midwest requires a 3 ft. footing in undisterbed ground where in parts of Arizona 18 inches is all that is required, it is vitale that the footing is below the frost line. Stable footings also require steel horazontal bar with a 1 foot overlap suspended by wire. The forms and steel instulation is then inspected by city or state inspectors who, for the most part are very knowlegeble.

Stamped concrete driveway pouring is usually placed with minimal difficulty by backing the Ready-mix truck from the street to the desired location to start placement in the stamped concrete driveway. A 3000 lb psi. concrete mix at a 5.50 depth is recommended with 3/8″ or 1/2″ steel rebar tied on 4 ft. centers to assure a strong slab. After forming the  concrete driveway the sub grade is compacted using a mechanical device, Jumping Jack, Plate compactor or roller, if not compacted prior to forming. Concrete slabs are only as strong as the ground that is poured on, using steel in conjunction with compacting will greatly enhance the strength and life of the stamped concrete driveway. Concrete driveway can be stamped concrete, stained concrete, regular gray, exposed aggregate or textured. Once the stamped concrete driveway is finished, a curing compound is applied to seal the slab for superior moisture retention, producing a harder concrete driveway.

Concrete Patio installation is usually placed using wheel borrows or a concrete pump, the added cost is slightly higher then a driveway. Concrete patio installation practices, compaction, steel reinforcement and curing of the concrete patio apply. In Arizona, concrete patios, garage, entry ways and floors need to be termite protected using a licensed contractor within 24hrs of the concrete being poured. Concrete patios can be stamped concrete, stained concrete, regular gray, exposed aggregate or a textured concrete slab construction.

Epoxy Coatings, garage floor epoxy coatings, concrete driveway or concrete patio is a new trend coming more and more popular as the prices of such coatings have been reduced due to its durability, not having the cost of removing all of the concrete. With the new styles of patterns and colors, almost any look can be achieved closely matching existing colors of your home or business. We only use the highest quality products available to ensure a great look and durability. About Concrete

Concrete Tools – Bull Float, Magnesium Bull Floats, Trowels, Steel Trowels, Blue Steel Trowels, Finishing Trowels, Pool Trowels, Steel Pool Trowels, Hand Edgers, Edgers, Steel Edgers, Blue Steel Edgers, Walking Edgers, Steel Walking Edgers, Curb Tools, Curb Tool, Nose Tool, Cove Tool, Base Tool, Curb and Gutter Tools, Step Tools Cove and Nose Tools, Hand Groovers, Hand Jointers, Steel Groovers, Steel Jointers, Joint Hand Groover, Walking Groovers, Walking Jointers, Steel Walking Groovers, Magnesium Hand Floats, Magnesium Floats, Wood Float, Wood Floats, Wood Bull Float, Darbies, Wood Darbies, Magnesium Barbies, Fresno Trowels, Fresno, Blue Gliders, Blue Glider, Steel Fresno, Push Button Handles, Extension Handle, Concrete Extension Handles, Handle Adapter, Adapters, Steel Screeds, Concrete Screed, Metal Screeds, Brooms, Concrete Brooms, Horsehair Brooms, Concrete Horsehair Broom, Knee Board, Steel Knee Boards, Plastic Knee Boards, Diamond Concrete Tamp, Concrete Tamp, Tamps, Roller Tamp.

Concrete Tools are the finisher’s best friend, the right concrete tool is a must in this business. Walking tools have increased efficiency by reducing the amount of time and energy refining the finish. The speed in which concrete can be tooled, lowers labor costs, in turn passing the saving on to the consumer. Old school books found at your public library published in the 1950’s, are the preferred practice of concrete placement and refining of concrete. This day and age, refining the finish is more then just a Bull float, edger, jointing concrete tool and broom, the innovation of concrete tools allow the finisher the ability to stand upright. Using extension handles, control joints and edging can be Installed with minimal effort and speed.

Concrete Finishing of the surface is done in stages. On a large concrete slab, concrete is consolidated, Rodded off or (Screed), then it is Tamped. After Bleed water has minimized, the surface is then floated using a Bull float overlapping 50% each pass, then perpendicular or (right angle) 50% each pass, if possible, until covered. This will insure a level surface. Once the Bull floating is completed the concrete slab will need time to set or may not need time. A chemical reaction between the cement paste and water is called hydration. These compounds in cement form chemical bonds with water molecules and become hydrates or hydration products. The cement needs moisture to hydrate and cure or (harden). The set time or hydration, is influenced by atmospheric conditions, wind, temperature, humidity, soil moisture content, all play a factor with aspect to hydration. When the surface is slightly firm to the touch, a Fresno is used to refine the finish using the 50% overlap each pass and perpendicular. A steel edger tool is used to refine the edges of the slab and magnesium float is used to refine the perimeter. When the surface is firm to the touch and still moist, 5 lbs. of weight is added to the Fresno with 50% overlap each pass and perpendicular. The Edger and Steel Trowel is used to finish around perimeter. Once the surface holds your weight with a slight imprint of your shoe, a total of 10 lbs is added to the Fresno for the last pass with 50% overlap. Edger and Steel Trowel are also used around perimeter to refine the finish. After finishing the slab to a refined finish the hydration reaction continues, moisture needs to be retained in the slab to achieve maximum strength. A curing compound such is used to seal the surface with a non-wax clear water base coating. Concrete can also be cured by submerging the slab in water or watering the slab with a sprinkler.

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2 thoughts on “CONCRETE DVDS

  1. 30+ old home in tired neighborhood that needs help. Garage floor
    really nasty. I chemically cleaned it and painted the concrete 10 years ago –
    but it didn’t work out real well – paint came off in sheets.
    Looking for a “Stamped” product resurfacing. Need to know if how long this application lasts and of course if it is financially viable.

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