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Restoring Notre Dame

How Do You Restore 850 Years Of History? On April 15, 2019, the world watched in horror as the 850-year-old Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris went up in flames. The fire burned for over eight hours, long into the Parisian night. People came…

Be Seen and Be Safe!

With no shortage of potential hazards on a construction site, worker safety is job one. One of the best ways to protect workers, especially those who work on or near equipment and moving vehicles, is by outfitting them in High-Visibility

Concrete Vibration and Consolidation

After the Pour The forms are ready, the slump is rolling down the chute, and workers are preparing to finish the slab. At this point, the most important step to take to ensure the slab is structurally sound and has a smoother surface is to…

Large Equipment: Rent or Buy?

How Renting Equipment from HD Supply White Cap can help you increase profits. Every contractor wrestles with this question. Renting costs less, but is it as good as owning? Truth is, it can be a lot better than owning if you’re renting…

Concrete Slab Repair Tips

Repairing Common Slab Surface Defects  Concrete contractors are often asked to address non-structural blemishes that can occur soon after a concrete slab is placed. Blemishes, such as popouts, plastic shrinkage cracks, and drying…

ABCD’s of Fall Protection

Fall Protection Systems: Don’t Forget Your ABCDs Being safe is the most important rule on a jobsite and OSHA cites falls as the leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry. Most of us are required to wear hardhats, gloves and…

Will Silica Regulations Be Repealed?

Waiting for the dust to settle We are seeing some buzz in the industry that OSHA may pull back on the Silica regulation requirement. Yeah, there have been a few big fines, but in general, the feedback is that OSHA has not been aggressively…

Decorative Concrete Sealing Tips

How To Ensure A Successful Sealer Application (Original article appears in a SpecTech article from SpecChem. Used by permission) Surface Preparation All surfaces to be sealed must be properly cleaned. Ensure the concrete is clean, dry,…

Leading Edge Work

What is Leading Edge work? Most contractors, even those not actively working at heights, are familiar with the term, but if you’re not, let’s start with basic definitions. Leading Edge Leading Edge work can occur on any jobsite…

Power Up Your Jobsite!

How To Choose The Right Generator Many of us have home generators to run appliances in case of an electrical outage, but the power requirements on a construction site often demand a different class of generator. On the jobsite, generators…

Cold Weather Concreting

Jobs Don't Stop When the Temperature Drops Don’t let cold weather slow down your pour. As we head into winter, understanding cold weather concreting will keep the jobs going and the crete flowing. Concrete is often the foundation…

Aerial Lift Safety Tips

The Ups and Downs of Aerial Lifts Mobile employee lift equipment is common on all construction sites. Contractors have discovered how these units can help workers both increase efficiencies and enhance safety when properly used. To ensure…

Soil Compaction

Starting at the base of the problem Experienced contractors know that producing quality concrete flatwork begins with the proper preparation of the slab support system. Using proper compaction techniques, contractors efficiently transform…

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