Why Prestress the Exterior Layer of Insulated Wall Panels?
Did you know that many precast concrete wall panel manufacturers do NOT prestress their exterior layer in an insulated sandwich wall panel? In fact, some precasters don’t even use mild reinforcement (steel). They do this because it either cuts costs and/or they don’t have the capabilities to do so. Either way, it’s a loss... Read more »
Make Your Own Concrete Planters
Transform molds from your pantry and easy-to-use concrete into a variety of planters that will add texture and charm to your outdoor spaces.
Lifting Concrete Keeps Costs Down, While Bringing Concrete Back Up
When installed properly, concrete is usually a very durable, long lasting product that can last for decades. However, we all know that when concrete needs to be removed and replaced, it is a costly problem to correct. This is …
How to bring concrete's industrial chic into the home
Concrete was a strong presence at the recent London Design Festival: across the city, design junkies were shivering with pleasure at its cold, perfectly imperfect surfaces, or joyfully contemplating its sober and subdued character. And not just in flooring, wall panelling and high-end corporate pieces, but in quirky objects, basins, lighting and furniture for the home.
How to Prepare a Concrete Floor for Coatings
Believe it or not, when it comes to applying coatings to a concrete floor slab, it’s not enough just to cast your eyes on the surface – and if it looks dry – think that it’s ready. To avoid the costly problems that can happen after installing coatings, there are two crucial steps you must […]
How To Make a Concrete and Wood Table top
Many people have asked to see the process I use to join live-edge wood with concrete to create custom table tops. This is an overview of some of the more imp...
Why use Prestressed Concrete vs. Cast-in-Place Concrete? What is Precast/Prestressed Concrete?
The short, salesperson’s answer is “it’s a superior building material.” Now I’m sure long before you reach the end of this you will have figured out that I’m not a salesperson. Whether it be because of the fascination I have with the manipulation of material properties, because of the lack of wordsmithing prowess that engineers... Read more »
What is the difference between precast concrete construction vs. traditional construction?
When comparing traditional construction versus precast concrete construction the biggest difference is time; precast construction can save you time on-site. Precast construction typically works heavily with the design team in early stages of the project development, and these efforts up front will save time and money for the overall project schedule in the long run. ... Read more »
DIY Concrete Beverage Cooler
Make your own DIY concrete beverage cooler! A fun way to entertain outdoors during the summer, while keeping your drinks cold!
How Do Aggregate Properties Affect My Ready-Mix Concrete?
The size and shape of concrete aggregate can change the properties of your ready-mix concrete product. Make sure you’re choosing the right kind for your project.