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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…

Will Silica Regulations Be Repealed?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,…

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…

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…

Bringing CFM Power to the Jobsite

Decrease Dust and Increase Productivity In 2016, the updated standards comprising OSHA’s final ruling around dust collection went into effect. The revised document directs contractors on their responsibilities to prevent exposure to their…

Protecting Your Flatwork

Concrete Finish Work Is On The Rise Flatwork and decorative concrete contractors are benefiting as building owners and designers realize the payoff of tastefully exposed concrete surfaces. Not only are they less costly to maintain, but…

Stormwater Management Best Practices

Weathering the Storms Early last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued new regulations for "operators of construction activity” that involves more than one acre. Since 1992, contractors working on these type of projects…

Laser Levels: Accuracy Is Job One

"Close" is not good enough on today’s jobsites. Close is not good enough on today’s jobsites. Contractors must be right-on with every control mark. Workers must comply with project specifications that include tight construction tolerances,…

How To Apply Concrete Joint Filler

Let's Fill This Joint! Although there are many brands of concrete joint fillers out there, I think we can agree that the installation process is similar for most. If you’re new to the game, here is a step-by-step overview of the basics.…

Are you ADA Compliant?

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) The ADA became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and…

Where Are The Skilled Tradesmen?

Having a tough time finding enough skilled workers to bid on bigger projects? You’re not alone. At HD Supply Construction & Industrial - White Cap we see the challenge some of our customers are facing first hand. In some busy markets,…

Picking the Right Pump

11 Questions To Ask Before Choosing A Pump You need a pump, and you need one quickly.  Now what?  We offer the following tips to make sure you get the most for your investment. The Starting Point Determining what materials need to be…