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Will Silica Regulations Be Repealed?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,…

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…

How Firestopping Evolved

THE EVOLUTION OF FIRE SAFETY FOR MULTI-STORY STRUCTURES Back in 1974, the disaster movie called The Towering Inferno was about a fire breaking out in a fictional highrise. Unfortunately, Hollywood became reality over the next few years,…