Category: Concrete Industry

How Long Will It Take For The Concrete In The Hoover Dam To Cure?

Only an anthropologist would imagine a world without humans. Only an anthropological engineer would imagine what monuments of human civilization would survive the longest for other intelligent life to examine. And only an architect would say it’s probably the Hoover Dam, the massive concrete structure built on the Colorado River in the early 1930s. What […]

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Steps to Building A Concrete Skate Ramp

The rain may come. Wood may bend or rot. But a concrete skate ramp will always lead to the best kickflips, flip tricks, heelflips, ollies, fakies, goofyfoots and tailslides. For the unenlightened, those are skateboard moves, and while wood ramps may make cool rolling noises, concrete provides unbeatable stability and precision. And they last forever. Taking […]

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Theme Park Concrete and Construction

The best way to experience a theme park just might be in the fast forward mode. Literally billions of people worldwide pack their bags at least occasionally to spend time at a theme park. That’s a lot of feet pounding theme park concrete. Breaking the numbers down by world regions, more than 368 million people […]

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Study: Cement May Actually Be Good For Environment

Modern buildings rely heavily on cement production, but the industry has long been considered one of the primary sources of carbon dioxide, one of the most prevalent greenhouse gases behind climate change. While concrete poses other risks, such as spreading cement dust, reflecting heat back into the atmosphere or causing surface runoff that erodes topsoil, […]

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Tennis On A Concrete Court, Anyone?

The type of tennis court surface that’s used can have a major impact on how tennis is played. There are essentially three types of courts: grass, clay and a hard court, which is generally re-surfaced concrete. Concrete tends to be more expensive, but one of the advantages of a concrete tennis court is that concrete is such […]

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When Were Cement Pouring Buckets First Used?

Concrete has been in use as a construction material since the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans. But one of the challenges has always been getting the wet mix to the right spot. Cement pouring buckets were in use early on but were very limited in that they had to be transported manually. While the […]

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Weathering the Storm With Cost Effective Resilient Concrete

According to the dictionary, “resilient” means the ability or capacity for bounding back from adversity. In construction, this refers to the ability of structures to resist and recover from the ravages of storms, especially along the Southeastern U.S. where hurricanes have historically done terrible damage. Concrete is a vital part of all construction and more resilient […]

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10 Safety Tips For Handling Cement

Concrete in one form or another has been used in building projects since the days of the Great Pyramid, and for good reason. It’s economical, durable and very versatile. While injuries in the concrete industry are rare, haste and poor planning can jeopardize health. Here are some of the cement safety measures concrete workers should consider. 1. […]

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Decorative Concrete Is Back From the Dead

Decorating concrete is definitely coming back as a style choice. Part of the reason for this is the advent of 3D printing. Design and construction companies around the world are taking advantage of this technology to create scaled models that can show purchasers a better perspective of what these decorative solutions will look like in […]

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Growth in Solar Power Popularity Means Growth for Concrete Industry

The Solar Energy Industries Association relates that the use of solar power in the United States is rising dramatically. The market is expected to more than double this year. But that won’t be possible without the concrete industries. Planned installations will total 16 gigawatts of output, more than twice the production of new solar installations in […]

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10 of the World’s Most Impressive Concrete Structures

Concrete is one of the most ubiquitous and versatile building materials. Since at least Roman times, concrete has been an important construction material. Applications for concrete include road surfaces, dams and buildings; concrete is a big part of the landscapes around us.  Here are 10 impressive concrete structures. The Pentagon An icon of American architecture, […]

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The Famous Urban Legend: Alligators in Sewer Pipes

Sewer pipes are hidden from most people’s view. People see the manhole covers, but few see inside the actual sewer pipes or tunnels. Assorted urban legends, heightened by colorful imaginations, lurk beneath our feet. Rumors abound of homeless people living in the sewers, garnering the title of the mole people as featured in an episode of “Law & Order: […]

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Top 5 Sewers in Cinema

The sewer is a necessary part of modern waste management, but it’s also a prominent feature in segments of modern cinema. Sewers have become a fixture in film and television. Whether characters live there, as in the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movies, or use it as an escape route, sewer tunnels have become ubiquitous on film. So […]

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NRMCA National Mixer Driver Championship Breaks Record

Driving a concrete mixer truck is no small task. The industry requires skill and focus in all areas. The NRMCA National Mixer Driver Championship competition, now in its 11th year, is one way the industry recognizes drivers. The competition is serious business, with cash prizes on the line. All areas of skill are tested. In […]

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Tips To Help You Grow Your Precast Concrete Business

Pouring concrete always involves variables that change and multiply as you address bigger projects. There are customers who are never-satisfied, unreliable vendors, and it seems constant issues with holding on to good help, though the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows only 163,360 concrete finishing jobs nationally for 2015. But there are ways to grow your […]

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U.S. Highway Funding Means More Concrete Road Barriers

The recently signed $305 billion, five-year highway funding law ends a decade of temporary patches and extensions on the previous highway funding law. The new law should spur an uptick in highway projects and increase the need for materials and equipment, including concrete road barriers. The law, titled Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or “FAST […]

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From Parking Lot Curbs To The Colosseum: How Concrete Shaped the World

For ages, concrete’s use in ancient monuments and grand public works has made the material a giant among building materials. Long-lasting structures like the Roman Coliseum and engineering wonders like the Hoover Dam are testaments to the material’s greatness. Its versatility has expanded its use to all manner of industries from construction to design. But […]

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Latest: Carbon Dioxide Concrete

Researchers recently announced they made a small concrete tube using carbon dioxide emissions which would otherwise be released into the air. The small-scale success proved that the carbon dioxide concrete process was possible and a large-scale effort is in the works. The researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles began the project as a […]

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Precast Concrete Use Continues To Grow

Around the United States and much of the world, precast concrete use is so prevalent that it touches nearly every aspect of your life. The ubiquitous material forms the infrastructure that allows the world to function. From sewer systems to bridges, precast concrete has become the material of choice both for its structural properties and […]

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Come See Us At World Of Concrete

World of Concrete 2016 is the only international concrete convention for the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries. For 43 years WOC has introduced the latest industry innovations as well as brought thousands of suppliers and buyers together in one place. Del Zotto Products will be there from Feb. 2-5 at booth N1257. As the […]

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