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Polished Concrete Class
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Concrete Countertops - Cast-in-Place

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The Decorative Concrete Institute

March 2007
Dear Bob,

Are you looking to break into the decorative concrete world? Or, perhaps, are you a seasoned
veteran of the business looking for new ideas and to sharpen your skills? We have training opportunities available for everyone! We've just added several new classes.

Be sure to
check out the training available on our website:
Decorative Concrete Institute

Bob Harris
Breaking News
As seen on NBC News with Tom Brokaw...

okay we stretched it a little with the NBC news, but it is major news for us!

Bob Harris, President of Decorative Concrete Institute has achieved his dream of being able to help educate and train others in the decorative industry.  After 3-1/2 years since the start up of the Decorative Concrete Institute, Bob and Lee Ann are proud to announce the new additions to the Decorative Industry by adding Decorative Concrete Institute - West Coast Division and Decorative Concrete Institute - Europe Division. 

Decorative Concrete Institute, Inc., located in Temple, GA has joined forces with industry powerhouses, Mark Haen of Adobe Coatings - located in the Phoenix, Arizona area, Mike Archambault and Frédéric Ljung of Moderne Methode ́- located in France.

Bob was fortunate to meet Mark Haen of Adobe Coatings five years ago at an industry event.  During this event Bob was very impressed with Mark's professionalism as a business owner and his huge portfolio of successful coatings and topping installations. Mark has owned Adobe Coatings for the last nine years, but has been involved in the coatings industry for the past 17 years.  He has conducted training seminars for a variety of manufacturers.  We are very excited to be able to help Mark with his dream of helping others and teaching the proper skills and techniques to be successful in this field.  Mark was also instrumental in helping with the production of both of Bob's DVD's.  It was during many workshops and the filming of the DVD's that we really came to know Mark as the consummate professional, but more importantly, what a class individual he is.

Bob's relationship with Mike Archambault dates as far back as the early 90's in the stamped concrete business.  In the mid 70's, Mike owned a patterned concrete industry franchise, which he would later purchase the mother company and serve as the acting President of Patterned Concrete Industries.  During this time frame, Mike was instrumental in huge stamped concrete installations.  It was not uncommon for Mike to jump on a plane to Europe and pull textures from beautiful natural minerals in various regions of the world to produce his own stamped concrete patterns, many of which are still being used in today's market.  Bob and Mike were fortunate to conduct several training classes in countries like Germany, England and Spain as well as here in the states.  It was during this time frame that Bob realized this guy has a tremendous amount of knowledge to offer the industry and over a couple of cold beers at this year's World of Concrete we discussed the possibilities of once again working together.

At this time, Mike introduced his partner, Frédéric Ljung who is no stranger to this field of decorative concrete.  Frédéric is the founder and General Manager of a distributorship in France, servicing all of Europe and is currently distributing decorative concrete products for several large U. S. and European manufacturers.  Mike and Frédéric have had great success in a short time frame with their business Moderne Methodé.

It is with great pride that we announce our alliance with these fine individuals.  We all share the same goals and business philosophy which is to help our clients / friends with the complete package of training, providing products and technical support.  It is our extreme pleasure to welcome Mark, Mike and Frédéric aboard!

Look for upcoming dates and join Bob at these new locations for continued "state of the art" training programs!

Click here for Training Dates


Polished Concrete Class
February 16-17, 2007

Polished concrete classes become more and more popular each day, which is apparent with our most recent, successful class on this exciting subject.  Jason Thomas of HTC helped Bob and Lee Ann with this class.  This class included important topics like the understanding of proper diamond tooling on different concrete surfaces.  The students learned how to distinguish the difference between soft, medium and hard concrete which ultimately is going to influence the proper diamond tooling.  HTC's 500 and 800HD were demonstrated and used during this session.  Also covered were proper application techniques for densifiers and why it is important to consider the use of a Densifier.  Decorative design layout was covered as well as solvent and water-based dyes and acid-based stains.  Participants joined in on all of the decorative saw cutting and coloring and as you can see created a beautiful floor that consisted of roughly 600 sq. ft. of beautiful colored and polished concrete using DCI dyes and densifiers.


Don't miss our next class scheduled for May 16-17, 2007!

ASCC-DCC Decorative Concrete Expo
February 22-24, 2007

Bob was asked to give several talks at the Decorative Concrete Expo in Tampa, FL for the ASCC-DCC.  The first talk was a PowerPoint presentation on troubleshooting stains and sealers.  Based on the comments from the participants the seminar went well and the students said that they learned a tremendous amount of information.  Topics included subjects such as:  if an acid stain doesn't take how can you fix it; if sealers are turning white, bubbling or pealing, how do you remove sealers and coatings; moisture vapor emission rates and relative humidity levels.

The second talk was on cast-in-place countertops.  The demonstration included monolithic back splash and sloped drain board on this cast-in-place countertop.  The concrete was poured at 8:15 am and believe it or not, we were still not ready for final finishing at 4:00 pm that afternoon.  A dear, dear friend of mine threw me a curve ball suggesting the use of a mix that he prefers for his "precast" pieces, which included certain plasticizing admixtures.  The problem is, it wasn't necessarily the most effective mix for cast-in-place, and needless to say I had to wear my tap shoes well (as a matter of fact, I wore the metal taps off of the shoes down into the soles)!  This is a good lesson for all of you that are doing high-end countertops to understand how important a good paste-rich mix is, especially for cast-in-place applications.  To my dear, dear friend - I will see you in 2-1/2 weeks at our shop and pay back is a b---h.  See ya brother!  By-the-way, dinner was great with you and your family (your Dad rocks) with the exception of a late night at the emergency room visit to get stitches for Lee Ann's banged up knee.

For more information on the American Society of Concrete Contractors and the Decorative Concrete Council please contact:  www.ascconline.org or 866-788-2722
Concrete Countertops - Cast-in-Place
February 28 - March 1-2, 2007

We are just fresh off of a very successful cast-in-place concrete countertop class.  Jeff and Lane of Concrete Countertop Institute came to our facility to help teach this class.  The topics included:  proper mix designs ranging from bagged mixes to fabricating your own mix, proper reinforcing considerations, sink and faucet knock-outs, the importance of precise forming including integrated back splashes and cantilevered overhangs, as well as marketing and selling concrete countertops to help your business get to the next level.  Bob and Jeff prepared a mock kitchen surround so the students could see how to properly form edge details, back splashes and cantilevered sections. The demonstration then included proper concrete placement with some fun details like this elevated, slate edge corner. 

The next day we then covered coloring techniques on this countertop. Also, Bob showed how easy it is to cast your own coffee or end tables using leftover enCOUNTER and FossilCrete edge forms.  Check out the results, pretty cool!!!!!

The students then were able to apply everything they learned and were responsible for preparing their own mock kitchen surround.They were also responsible for attaching their sub base, making all of the necessary sink and faucet knock outs, attaching edge forms as well as back splashes.  Once this was complete, each group was responsible for mixing their own batch of concrete with integral color.  The enCOUNTER mix was used for this whole seminar.  A few groups used colorfast pigment to achieve a marbleized appearance during the finishing process as well as DCI dyes the next day to create some additional color contrast.  Bob made the comment; this group was awesome, not only with their positive attitude, but the end result of their concrete countertops.  You be the judge!


Getting Started in the Field of Decorative

There is never a dull moment around here at DCI with providing good news for the newsletter.  Keep in mind there is still time, although not much for you to sign up for our March, "Getting Started in the Field of Decorative Concrete" workshop.  This is one you won't want to miss!  Until next time!

Click here to Register for our Getting Started Workshop

About Us

The Decorative Concrete Institute continues to provide consulting, education, installation and training to marketplaces across the United States and Internationally. DCI places its focus on Architects, Artists, Concrete Finishers, Faux Finishers, General Contractors, Interior Designers, Ready Mix Producers, etc. to bring them knowledge and offer advice on the demands of Interior and Exterior Architectural Design.

DCI has worked with and continues to work with a diverse range of industry professionals catering to the individual needs of each project focusing on products and designs that are conducive to the particular environment they are working in. DCI consults with on-the-job applications and installations and provides the technical expertise to complete jobs successfully.

phone: 770-562-1441
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