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The Top 15 Types of Cement

The Top 15 Types of Cement And When To Use Them (used by permission from ACI's Concrete Craftsman Series "Concrete Fundamentals") Freshly mixed concrete is made of cement, water, and aggregates such as sand and gravel. Frequently, it…

Safety Is A Top Priority For Framers

Encouraging A Safe Frame Of Mind Framers play a critical role in construction. Since they assemble the structure around and upon which a building is constructed, the need for safety is built into framing. In fact, one of the tenants of the…

Resolving and Avoiding Disputes

Best Practices For Resolving/Avoiding Disputes Construction jobs involve diverse people, large sums of money, tools and heavy equipment, and deadlines: what could possibly go wrong? Disputes on the job are significant risks factors for…

Top 10 Jobs In Construction

We're Building America Construction is hard, but meaningful, work! Whether you are pouring concrete for a foundation, maneuvering a crane dozens of stories high, or every job in between, it is a noble endeavor to be involved in the…

Tips For Doing Field Adhesion Tests

What Is A Field Adhesion Test? Field adhesion testing is an important way to ensure quality jobsite application and surface preparation of installed sealant joints. When an authorized field representative performs it, this test is a good…

The Benefits Of Lean Construction

What Is Lean Construction? Lean construction is a philosophy by which the construction team adopts practices and technologies that reduce costs, materials, time and effort, specific to the project at hand. For most contractors this sort…

Drones In Construction

How Are Drones Used In Construction? Drones with specialized software have allowed construction projects to be more efficient, building projects to be better managed, and inspections to be more thorough. Drones allow contractors to…

Tilt-Up Myth Blasting

Tilt-Up is still an under-appreciated method As a constructing method, Tilt-Up has only been around for a little more than a hundred years. And during that time, it’s been used in countless creative and innovative ways, but it still…

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 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 from White…

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…

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,…

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…