It is no secret that the construction business, in general, has slowed down over the past year. As with almost every negative thing in our lives, this has created opportunities.
Cart-Away Concrete Systems has just announced the release of their newest concrete mixing trailer, the MixKing® It is a 10,000# GVW vehicle. That means it can mix and carry over 1.75 cubic yards of concrete at a time. After almost a year of field testing, Bruce Christensen, Cart-Away's General Manager, says, "It is fully tested and ready to release to our customers." Most customers will want to use a full sized three quarter ton or one-ton pickup to tow the MixKing® though when loaded with less than 1.75 cubic yards, it is possible to tow the new trailer with a half-ton full sized truck.
A manufacturing neighbor of ours here in McMinnville, Oregon, Water Right, has come up with an interesting new product. It is a very high quality hose that eliminates the hassles of recoiling hoses.
The start of the year is the time to start making lans for this year's landscape and garden projects. Here's a list of considerations for your checklist. Please feel free to comment and add a few to the list.
If you are considering using stamped concrete on your next landscaping project, you should bone up on the subject a bit before jumping into the mud (concrete guy’s term for ‘concrete’).
The very best way to do this is to go to the World of Concrete in Las Vegas. I know. You are laughing. World of Concrete? Yes. It is the leading edge of everything that has to do with concrete and you will be amazed. I invited my sister to attend one year when it was held in Orlando, nearer her Florida home. She was blown away by the counter tops, the stamped patios, and the color. She was going to just drop into the show and do her little brother a favor by saying how nice it was. She stayed the whole day. Over 75,000 people go to this trade show each year. If it is new and has to do with concrete, it is happening at the World of Concrete.
Stamped concrete is a project for advanced do-it-yourselfers. You really need to talk with contractors, get prices, weigh the savings vs. the risks and labor of doing it yourself.
I can’t vouch for or recommend the company, but I have to send you to http://www.concreteforever.com/ to see a wonderful gallery of concrete stamping and color jobs. Just click on the thumbnails to see more detail.
The following two articles should give you the confidence to attempt a stamped concrete job: http://www.articlesbase.com/diy-articles/stamping-concretedo-it-yourself-and-save-money-468720.html (if you use a cart-away trailer rather than a readymix truck, you have better control over your color) and http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080330130224AAN30RShttp://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080330130224AAN30RS (not too much info but a good start at some of the things you need to do)
This article covers everything from stamped concrete to overlays to color to stencils:
One good resource with a nice chapter on stamped concrete is from Sunset, “Complete Masonry Book.” Look for it at your library or you can get it at most booksellers and home improvement stores (Amazon link - http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Masonry-Techniques-Decorative-Materials/dp/0376015950/ref=si3_rdr_bb_product)
What ever you do, be sure to look at lots of stamped concrete projects, find out who did them and talk with those people. Done right, stamped concrete looks great and lasts as well as any surface.
Our local waste agency, Yamhill County Solid Waste, recently sent out a "Renewsletter" with lists of resources and lots of tips for preventing waste and preerving environmental quality. Among those tips were tips on saving water with regards to lawns. Lawns take far more water than most crops. They also use far more chemicals than most farmers use for a similar space. The end result is lots of water carrying lots of chemicals off the lawn and into storm drains - not a good situation. It also wastes water,the most used commodity on earth and one of which there is a limited supply. Here are the tips:
As you can tell from the many posts regarding BlogWorld, this blog has strayed from its purpose for a few weeks while we have let the BlogWorld Experience sink in.
Continuing with the visitors to our booth:
I apologize in advance for any misdeeds (forgotten people, misspelled names, etc., etc.). I have decided, even though I have yet to learn how to do this, I won't have time to enter all the names and pictures from the Expo. I will try to enter names and links so here goes, in no particular order: